‘Unity in Diversity’?

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  Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science, literature and history.     A reflection on separatist movements in Canada and around the world.   By John Boucher   The narrow “no” vote

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The Omnivorous Reader: Beyond 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 and the Great Data Grab

  What is our favourite search engine doing with all our personal information anyway?   By John Boucher   Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science, literature and history.   Author’s note: This

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The Omnivorous Reader: Who Predicted This Dystopic Future Anyway?

  Many blame Orwell, but it could have been Huxley. The debate rages on.   By John Boucher   [Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science, literature and history.]   As the old

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10 Amazing Facts You Never Knew about Headlines!

  Or: what is lost when you take away negative feedback?   By John Boucher   [Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science and history.]   1. The Best Way to Get Your

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Time flies like an arrow

  By John Boucher   If you saw a video of an arrow flying, or more accurately falling, through the air, you can tell if the video is running forwards or backwards, because, if going backwards, the point and the feathers would be reversed. How about a slow-motion video of a flying bullet? A fast

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Words, Words, Words

  The first step toward a brighter future in Canada   By John Boucher A hearty welcome to all of you who are learning English. As a 67 year old Englishman who is still trying to master the intricacies of this most verbose of languages, I hope I can sympathize with your struggle. ‘Most verbose’

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Any Career Plans? (Think at least twice)-John Boucher Column

  By John Boucher   I’m sure that many of you are already committed to some kind of career path and are steadily building up your credits towards its fulfillment. I wish you all the luck in the world, but this article is an attempt to warn you about some possible minefields in your future

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Science and Superstition

  Guidebook columnist John Boucher tells a true story of a father and son.   By John Boucher   Once upon a time in the North of England, there lived a fifty-year-old chemical process worker (ie. a semi-skilled, goggles-, gloves-, and overall-wearing operative in a chemical factory. The year is 1965, or thereabouts.   Starting

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A Heartbeat Hypothesis

  Guidebook columnist John Boucher investigates a curious ‘downside’ to working out.   By John Boucher   It seems that everyone is at the gym these days, getting lean, buff, ripped, jagged, craggy, awesomely unsqueezable or, at least, hopefully, just a little less wobbly. Yes, I have to admit that I have joined the throng—and

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‘Don’t let your schooling interfere with your education’

  By John Boucher   This famous phrase from Mark Twain has never been more relevant than it is in these driven, dizzy days. I know that you are tired of me writing the following sentence: “I know that you are tired of old people telling you that the world was simpler and much more

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