Month: July 2008

Legacies.

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I’ve been thinking about life, death and what we leave behind for those who follow us.

It’s not that I’m being particularly fatalistic, quite the contrary in fact. I’ve been thinking about the impact we each have on the people around us, the world we live in and history in general. Many would have us believe that for the most part, we can’t change the course of history… that it’s momentum and inertia is too great for a single person to alter.

Of course, I disagree… and I think you may too after reading this… Read the rest of this entry »

For the love of the game.

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This post marks my 100th… a minor milestone in the land of blogging. Admittedly it would have been good to have it coincide with a year writing this blog. So, onto the shellacking…

I hear a lot of criticism about professional sports people and those who officiate in various sports.

Umpires, referees, whatever you want to call them.

Armchair generals with no applicable knowledge of the game, players or officials they criticise, making sweeping statements in such a way that to the casual observer, these people are speaking as though they are the sole source of truth.

Well folks, things are coming to a head… time for a wake up call. Read the rest of this entry »

Proof… and the absence of proof.

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How do you go about proving something?

Well, in the case of something that has happened, it’s simple… evidence. Direct observation, secondary factors that only exist in the presence of a specific event, surveillance, intelligence and any number of factors.

Essentially, to prove something, we look for that big ticket “slam dunk” item that irrefutably determines, one way or another, the truth of a situation.

But what if that item, that piece of evidence, doesn’t exist? What if the evidence is purely circumstantial?

What if we are trying to prove that something didn’t happen?

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