"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Friday, February 25, 2005

Last Night

Yes, an absolute classic. A wide ranging and vibrant discussion in which we managed to cover:

- the scope for technology to solve global warning
- Colonising Mars and the likelihood of achieving nuclear fusion
- John's OCD, Seamus's mania and my "bog-standard depression"
- Status anxiety and life expectancy
- merits of service vs industrial vs agrarian economy
- The tyranny of all commercial organisations
- Buddhism/depression as survival mechanisms for the modern world
- House prices in London and Edinburgh
- The conditions required for communism to exist

Also note: I owe Seamus £20


phaemon said...

You forgot Alarm Clocks!

john said...

can you elaborate? think i remember alarm clocks being mentioned but have no idea of context.

phaemon said...

I am of the opinion that alarm clocks are one of the major causes of stress in today's society. They disturb your natural sleep patterns and everyone should stop using them...

john said...

good point. there's a famous essay by E P Thompson which expands on this theme in the context of 19th century industrialisation...