Other people’s thoughts often provide the focus for my own musings. And I’ll admit that there are many days when I think that other people’s words convey my thoughts better than I can express them for myself. Today has been one of those days.
I commend this article by Tim Harford. It might startle you by it’s fascinating insights into self-fulfilling prophesy. This cognitive bias stuff really interests me and I was utterly astounded back in March by some governments’ illogical approaches in the early phases of the pandemic. Some declined to advise their citizens how to act while expressing fear that even thinking of recession might make it happen. They were more worried by self-fulfilling prophesy as a danger and too dumb to see self-fulfilling prophesies for their potential beneficence. A classic case of trying to keep a cake while eating it.
Here is an article in thejournal.ie about hubris in which the journalist didn’t need to dwell on vague concepts like trust, leadership, judgement, delusion, mendacity or disrepute to tell a story. On a related issue, it seems that Ireland still doesn’t have a guide to judicial conduct and ethics.
I also liked this letter from Irish PEN published in Irish newspapers today. Short and to the point. Among the threats I perceive, this article indicates that control of the media in Minsk may be subject to influence from other nations.
So I’ll satisfy my continuing daily journal posts with a few photographs taken over this recent weekend. Shags and Cormorants are plentiful on the coast in South County Dublin.