The History of Britain Revealed by M. J. Harper

I’ve just finished reading this fascinating book on the origin of the English language and during the read discovered rather interesting perceptions of the 1st millennium CE, the Middle Dark Ages.

The author has a website on which he has additional information at http://www.applied-epistemology.org.

Harper’s thinking and analysis is radically different from the mainstream, as it is not confined to the limitations imposed by inculcated dogma; thinking outside the box is the best description of it. I’ve also been guilty of thinking impermissible things, and it’s nice to discover kindred spirits that are definitely not ‘religious minds’. The problem with those who are characterised by the possession of a religious mind is the problem of being brain dead, because no matter what dissonant fact appears in their intellectual space, their minds remain unaffected by it. A living mind would adapt to novelty, and we call that type of mind as scientific.

But ‘brain-dead’, that’s an apt characteristic of those with religious minds, or who, for that matter believe in the various creation myths, for such myths do not require any thought.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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One Response to The History of Britain Revealed by M. J. Harper

  1. PeterMG says:

    I read this book earlier in the year (2014) and found it fascinating and refreshing for its no nonsense approach to evidence. It gets the grey cells working and whilst not directly in my line of work or interest has much to offer anyone. I highly recommend it.

    It amazes me how so many academics have become so specialised that they cannot think for themselves outside their own very narrow speciality, and accept as a given what other branches of academia say without question. If mechanical engineering has taught me anything it’s that nothing ever happens for one single reason no matter how compelling it looks at the time. That single cause scenario, or jumping on the first thing you find I suppose is why almost all humans are so poor at root cause analysis or problem solving.

    I’m surprised at how far I have come in the last 5 years encouraged by others of a like mind who have put their thoughts down in blogs and websites that help us understand why we think the way we do. I have always been sceptical but never good at getting across why and therefore even when correct (more often than not in the work place) never get to feel any sense of satisfaction or recognition. By understanding the differences in the way people think helps those of us who think outside the box get our point across. I have taken to asking difficult questions to management and or colleagues when they ask me to go off on a wild goose chase looking for the wrong solutions to imaginary problems because they are either too lazy or stupid to look for themselves.

    It also helps to know that the way we think and work is not a handicap, but a talent, more often than not squandered by what I now consider to be universally poor management throughout the Western hemisphere, due I think to the crony nature of governments and their regulators. There are almost no sanctions within the corporate environment for just existing, except perhaps in manufacturing, but even here regulation is destroying competition, which will have a knock-on effect for innovation, and in increasing instances is allowing manufacturers to sell us what they think we need and not what we want or need. (Think Cars) In some service industries such as Banking, but not restricted to Banking we have seen cavalier behaviour that should have seen these intuitions fail so that a better and more robust system can emerge. But no we have seen bailouts and regulation that only server to protect margins and not as it should protect the individual.

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