Bringing ideas to life

Dirty Looks

  • The costs of being invisible

    image (c) Palomaleca For all the trouble it brings, the omnipresent watchful gaze of the relational world does have its benefits. You get noticed, for one thing. This is a significant benefit of an intersubjective existence – no-one dislikes anything more than to remain

  • An Awareness of What is Missing

    Discussion over reason and religion has been so overshadowed by the work of Richard Dawkins and his ilk, that it might surprise some to suggest a debate could ever take place between the two. It might be the case that such debates have a

  • Marx, religion and the vale of tears

    Any talk of the relational world must inevitably at some stage come back to religion, a regulatory mechanism of real force in intersubjective dynamics, an influence obvious in so many facets of social and cultural life. the website Dirty Looks has already explored this

  • When enough is enough

    Donald Winnicott’s concept of the good enough mother has endured past its psychoanalytic origins, gaining an unusual level of popularity since its first airing in 1953. No wonder, as Winnicott offers a logical and reasoned rebuttal to the unachievable concept of the perfect

  • The enemy within: Quislings, West Brits and Uncle Toms

    There was the occasional mention of ‘Quisling’ in the run up to the recent Scottish Independence Referendum – a reference to  the Norwegian war-time leader Vidkun Quisling who was the head of a domestic Nazi collaborationist regime during the Second World War. Since the war it has

  • In the presence of absence: (Not) only the lonely

    image (c) Luigi De Frenza Loneliness has been in and out of the news in the past year, accompanied by headlines such as ‘a silent plague that is hurting young people‘ and ‘loneliness is killing us‘. This last item includes the doctor’s