1 rule by the mediocre
2 the triumph of style over substance
mediocracy is a condition in which culture
is subordinated to pseudo-egalitarian ideology
symptoms include dumbing, jargonism, infantilisation, vacuity,
phoney democratisation, authoritarianism ...
... and general mediocrity
promotes the dominant ideology:
• reductionism vis-à-vis the individual
• support for state intervention
Scapegoating of baby boomers distorts government policy. The “intergenerational contract” is a fiction.
legal uncertainty and counter-terrorism
Existing terrorism legislation, and proposed counter-extremism measures, violate legal certainty.
Legal certainty is a defence against arbitrary state power. As a principle, it is at risk of erosion.
Criticisms of high-frequency trading are misplaced. Competitive arbitrage is essential to markets.
lucidity and obfuscation
Lucid dreaming as a topic, and potential key to understanding sleep, was pioneered by Dr Celia Green.
consciousness and the sausage factory
The problem of consciousness. Why academia, as it stands, is unlikely to generate a solution.
consciousness and ... (part 2)
Major intellectual progress requires special conditions. Recognition of this is on the decline.
egalitarianism caused the 2008 meltdown
Was the meltdown linked to inequality, as Bank of England argues, or to egalitarian housing policies?
Modern research teams seek cogs, not individuals. How mediocratic academics exploit the efforts of others.
tales from Bizarro-world
money-printing – UK education policies – Fukushima
– US surveillance – Celia Green & Oxford
The term “racism” is being broadened as a means of restricting free speech. How not to play Chopin.
weekend notes #12
Are Oxford students “rich thickos”? Should doctors be ranked? Was Margaret Thatcher exploited?
the meaning of mediocracy
Collectivism, masquerading as egalitarianism, is the dominant ideology – not individualism.
academia: style over substance
Academia is adapting to the new hegemony. Technical complexity reigns, while content is often vacuous.
Celia Green is a genius (pdf)
Green’s originality in analysing human behaviour places her in a class with Nietzsche and Freud.
Oxford Forum is an association of independent academics.
Oxford Forum was founded in 1998 by Dr Celia Green to research and publish in currently neglected areas of psychology, philosophy and economics. It seeks to oppose intellectual and ideological bias in mainstream academia.