Reading Research or Understanding Research?

There’s this line in A Fish called Wanda that kept coming back to me last week: “Apes don’t read philosophy!”. “Yes they do Otto, they just don’t understand it”! I’d been all week at a series of productive meetings but the point was being made time and again by various people “I read research”. Later on, I get into a conversation with a colleague on a different issue and the same point is raised, they were expected to read research. […]

Making Sense of Nature

Rating: Noel Castree. 2014. Making Sense of Nature. Routledge. ISBN 978 0 415 54550 1 Many years ago I started a wildlife conservation course by asking students to construct a media campaign for a certain animal. My list was designed to be controversial because I didn’t care about the product, I cared about the process and thinking that went behind it. So, we had the panda (already been done, think of something new), rabbit (pest, hard to see beyond cartoons) […]

Geographic Thought

Rating: Tim Cresswell. 2013. Geographic Thought – A Critical Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4051 6939 4. I think it’s fair to argue two points in particular in relation to texts on the philosophy of geography: firstly, that such insights are essential in developing a critical perspective on the subject; and, secondly, that such thought usually intensifies rather than reduces the divisions in the subject. In terms of the former, such study should be seen as an integral part of […]

Science and Public Reason

Rating: Sheila Jasanoff. 2012. Science and Public Reason. Earthscan. ISBN 978 0 415 52486 5. It is doubtful if there has ever been a time when the discourse between the public, government and science has been more strained and yet more needed. One only has to look at the recent arguments over climate change and carbon taxes to see how complex issues are being played out in the public arena. Part of the response to this has been the increase […]