Emerging from a year of learning

I am off to Belfast next week.  As a result of my last year or so, I now enjoy all kinds of transport and holidays. Next week will be a working holiday: I shall be focussing further on the results of my dissertation research. Back home and in Liverpool from the 8th August onwards. See… Continue reading Emerging from a year of learning

Testing, testing – NOT found wanting!*

So. Today I have been tested on my ability to deal with tiny- and not-so-tiny detail imprecision.  The pattern was fairly clear as soon as I went to get the bus, found a notice saying the road was closed and the bus wouldn't be running its normal route, only then to discover the road was… Continue reading Testing, testing – NOT found wanting!*

Embracing [Athenian pragmatism] / Rejecting [Melian certainty] / Choosing [my life]

In the end, I guess, the possibility of a better life, however qualified and compromised, leads all of us, even myself, to pragmatism.  I am not Melian, after all; I am just hungry for good love and good work, and good times too.  And this show of weakness on my part simply means, despite appearances… Continue reading Embracing [Athenian pragmatism] / Rejecting [Melian certainty] / Choosing [my life]

Code [and other laws of mindspace]

I was gifted - in the early 2000s - the book "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace", written by the always engaging and frequently, rightly, polemical Lawrence Lessig, in its translation into castellano.  It is a book whose thesis has influenced me tremendously, and permanently. The gift was from a group of really good friends.  One… Continue reading Code [and other laws of mindspace]

Personal assistants / The sphinx / CBT 

A PA - of human inclination - is there to soothe and make simple for the grand thinker and big bod whom he (actually, I suspect generally she) is tasked to serve. I am currently working with a haptic environment, and would appear to be at the centre of its efforts.  This environment and set… Continue reading Personal assistants / The sphinx / CBT 

[Support {needs] thought}

I read today that with the right kind of support, everything is possible.  I agree.  And personally, I would be very happy to discuss my own evident needs - most particularly as the wants I now strongly desire. But it requires the right mindsets to effect such support with justice, equanimity and a true, honest… Continue reading [Support {needs] thought}

Retraining the brain? It can be made to work both ways …

Someone who just followed me on Twitter tweets that we can retrain the brain, in relation to conditions such as bipolar, schizophrenia and depression: I retweeted, and then replied by saying if so, it can easily be made to work contrary to any such original positive: So I don't know about bipolar and depression, but… Continue reading Retraining the brain? It can be made to work both ways …

The problem, rethought: why paranoid schizophrenia needs a better deal, and how academia could help

The problem isn't that paranoid schizophrenics are disconnected from reality.  In a post-Snowden world, where we now know that for a decade or more everyone has been followed - not for what they did, nor even might do, but simply, religiously, in their capacity as human beings in need of state and corporate oversight (God… Continue reading The problem, rethought: why paranoid schizophrenia needs a better deal, and how academia could help

And when they pushed.

It is one of my increasing, and sure to become abiding, concerns that in a discipline such as criminology, precisely criminology, where individuals’ liberties and freedoms – their inhibition and reduction – are the focus and purpose of much of the literature, that exactly in such areas the personal, the “I” and “you” and “we”, the voices that persist and resist, the poverties that spread so widely and embrace cruelly not kindly, currently do not dominate all our discourses.

It is my contention more and more that the senses need to be brought sharply and madly into our academic debate.  If criminology and criminal justice systems aim primarily – always have done; maybe now (I wish it were otherwise) always will – to construct and instruct and control and limit human beings, who are judged to have failed societies’ minimums of behaviour, by the very same use of fear and aggression against the mind, of games that never end, of memories that never release, surely it is time we demonstrated through counter-fear, through counter-aggression – always politely couched, always constructively posed, even as inevitably painful for those who will find themselves on the receiving end – that defining the fundamental laws and regulatory processes of our societies on the basis of hurting particular human beings into becoming human beings who do not hurt is utterly, utterly, utterly ridiculous.

The post I am reblogging here comes from my current poetry and prose blog.  It describes how a man who has been under close surveillance for more than a decade begins, once again, to feel when – once more – the denied shit goes down.

Last night, that man lay down and almost slept himself into oblivion.  I think this piece will help explain clearly why.

I also hope it will help explain why the individual (the generic individual, I mean here; not the specific), alongside their personally felt and sensed pain, needs to be brought back into criminology and criminal justice.

And then, by extension, our societies themselves.

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And so he did all he could to imagine a life better. The kind of life where kindness and gentility replaced manipulation and oddity. The kind of life which did not include events and occurrences such as the below:

[And so] last weekend I was approached in Caffè Nero in central Liverpool by a man who later self-identified as an Australian-resident Israeli-born 52-year-old South African. He said he was in property. Later, he showed me his Australian driving-licence/ID card (Queensland), and his cabin crew ID, for some airline I presume.

He also showed me his very primitive non-Internet connected mobile, excusing it by saying he couldn’t afford anything more expensive because he was always losing them. He did, however, carry around very visibly two tablets, one an iPad.

He was very friendly and we had a very interesting 2-hour conversation on many subjects, geo-political to a degree but others less…

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Why we need a “sensory criminology”

This dates back to January of this year: it argues in favour of what is variously called cultural, sensory or (perhaps more specifically) documentary criminology. To stop the pain, sometimes to want in the first place – as a society – to begin to stop it, clearly will require us to collectively begin to feel it. No?

[Mils' Life/Work Lab.]

Building on David Redmon’s brilliant teasing out and description of “documentary criminology” and its purpose and reason for existing, I would like to push the idea forwards.

I wrote in a previous post that I preferred the concept of a “sensory criminology”, going further than Redmon’s position in order to be able to use language shared only by the creator/academic.

The idea that the observer cannot divide the language they use from the object observed – a constant of the latter part of 20th century thinking – can in part, in this way, at least for the audience examining, watching and pursuing the creations in question, be dismissed.

At the very least, until and if they fathom the “language” thrust on them out of such a blue. (In a sense, also nicely describing the relationship between avant-garde and society!)

At this point, of course, it begins to be shared between…

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Net works / PTMI / Throwing the stone and hiding the hand*

This recent post – on something I have termed “People, Technology, Messages and Ideologies” (PTMI) – could be an interesting avenue for future research. I may, of course, be treading on coattails too; but if so, I hope fairly august ones!

[Mils' Life/Work Lab.]

Imagine, if you can, if you’re able, and if you dare, a society which kinda mimics the life of a baby in multilingual family.

The baby who learns two languages may struggle at first to speak: they have to separate out two systems of thought before one – their own – can form, coalesce and then manage to get a useful handle on the other two.

In my case, back in the 90s and beyond, and as a parent of bilingual environment, I generally spoke English, and my wife spoke castellano.  Our eldest son, a clever lad and beloving of languages anyway, took only a month longer than a peer of his age to start speaking.

This is an achievement, both individual and environmental.

So back to the society which kinda mimics these dynamics.  And a bit of an overview of a theory which is much more – to…

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