Humanities

Humanities Overview

This section covers the social sciences, where there is a lot of research and ideas that have either never quite escaped from the academic world, OR, the media have failed to pass them on. I think it's useful to try and do this, as there is a lot of interesting and useful material that is relatively unknown.

Sources. Mostly it is drawn from academic work in social science, psychology, economics, etc. In the self-imposed space available, I've only been able to do brief introductions and provide links for you do investigate further yourself. I have simplified and extracted the parts that I have found most valuable. The sections with academic sources are marked A. Some other articles are from more popular sources, marked P, and others from personal observation, marked G

The main subject areas are as followsa jigsaw head looks at an extra piece of jigsaw and wonders where it can go

  1. Psychology Section. Though I have not studied psychology formally, it has always interested me, so I include pages on the psychology of food, psychological techniques mostly drawn from personal development writers, and on Foucault’s History of Sexuality.
  2. Politics Section overview (A). Nearly all of this section is drawn from academic sources, in particular books on Policy Analysis and work on Elites. I then spoil it by writing my own thoughts on democracy and delegates, on organisational development, and on some modern movements such as Transition Towns, partly to provoke discussion and thought on the forum.
  3. Economics and Money Section. This only has a few articles, first on the main laws of Economics and the hidden hand (P), then articles by myself on levels of money, employment (G)
  4. The History section is almost an afterthought, which has turned into a major new look at the subject. I have never read any history books, but I suddenly realised that many of the articles in all the other section formed an interesting view of history, from the consciousness demonstrated in flint making techniques in the Science Section, to the offshoots of the Theosophical Society from the Spiritual section, and together these form a sort of zig-zag "history of consciousness" and make interesting reading when put together.
    I’ve added to this my own brief History of Food Production (1900 to now), which was a major part of my dissertation, where I have used popular sources, such as an article about the increases in tractor power, and the changes in food preserving techniques. This gives an idea of the process of industrialisation that has happened in food production, and this is linked to a Context analysis of screen-shots of websites from typical companies and organisations involved in food production and land use. This was part of my dissertation.
  5. The Science of Thought. (A)  this is a major section about Discourse and Critical Discourse Analysis, and also the Dispositive. This is adapted from the work I did for my dissertation.
    I have also added some pages on my Context Analysis technique, and also some ideas on Organisational Analysis and on how minds and computers have similar levels of operation. I think some of these have become academically valid.
  6. International Relations Theory (A). International Relations theory throws an interesting light on some of our current political issues around Brexit and the UN
  7. Mythology (P). I’m very interested in mythology, and this section looks at the classification of myths, and some of the archetypes that turn up in unusual ways. I hope to add more here later
  8. Education. online education and lifelong learning
  9. Discussions Overview  (G) I’ve written some short articles here as a basis for discussion in the forum

There is also a directory page of all the pages in this section