For my birthday, my son Andrew gave me the book ‘Scientific Babel’ by Michael D. Gordin. Here are a few extracts:
The Inchbrakie yew, visited by me on the 17th December 2018. This was the last refuge of the Marquis of Montrose. Yet naebody seems to remember? I worry about disembodied … Continue reading Headless
What would you write on the “Free Expression Wall”? At the time that I found this wall, outside Edinburgh’s Student Union, it was blank.
The words below are borrowed from Ali Smith (‘Winter‘) and Evelyn Waugh (‘Decline and Fall’). The film “An interior of others” is based on images of Eastend House, Carmichael:
Keith Connors died on the 5th July 2017. Shortly before his death he helped write this obituary: Shortly before his death, I communicated with Leon Eisenberg and had this kind … Continue reading ‘Keith did not go quietly’
At the beginning of June 2008 I sent an e-mail to Dr Leon Eisenberg, a former child psychiatrist, and a man of philosophy and science: Dr Eisenberg was then 89 … Continue reading Were we asleep at the wheel?
On Friday the 25th of November 2016 I gave a talk for the Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Special Interest Group. My subject was “Improvement Science”. The following is based on the slides and … Continue reading Reductionism – truly, madly, deeply
Chapter three of ‘Repeats its love’: Time held green  Just last week whilst in Edinburgh for a medical conference, the writer spent his lunchtime rather unsociably walking over the … Continue reading Time held green
Repeats its love, Mavisbank Chapter Eight: The architecture of the mind After the Batty Tukes, there was a succession of Superintendents for Mavisbank (although it was still called New … Continue reading The architecture of the mind
Gilbert Farie by Ken Gray If today you were to pick up a telephone directory for Glasgow City or the West of Scotland and looked up the surname FARIE you … Continue reading Gilbert Farie
Response to the head to head debate: Does psychoanalysis have a valuable place in modern mental health services? Published in the BMJ, 20th February 2012 BMJ2012;344:e1211 BMJ rapid-response by Dr … Continue reading One of those