Over at Kamm’s ‘Blog on Friday, the proprietor launched a thoroughly deserved attack on Rupert Read.
[The rest of this entry was a rant about Rupert and one of his papers. Although I still disagree violently with his letter to the Telegraph and am very skeptical about the content of that paper, Rupert has offered—very kindly under ths circumstances, since I also confused him with someone else—to open up a discussion with me about his approach to philosophy, based around my objections. I think I might borrow from The Professor‘s normblog and approach it in an interview style. Watch this (or a nearby) space.]
I knew Rupert then as well (and was at the only college more left-wing than Balliol, and I think that includes Ruskin). The thing I always found odd about his association with the Left Caucus was that he was a self-proclaimed Social Democrat and President of OUSDP. Many of his contemporaries in the Left Caucus *coughSimonStevenscough* are probably far, far to his right these days.
The comments by ‘counsell’ are hilarious. I was especially amused to see myself promoted to JCR President. In fact, I never stood for any JCR Officer post.
The person who wrote this post attacking me has obviously either
(a) got a very bad memory or
(b) is simply inventing things for the fun (or the nastiness) of it.
I have a very bad memory. You weren’t JCR President and I apologize wholeheartedly for confusing you with someone else.
I checked out your photo and did a Google for this beforehand because I wasn’t sure if I had the right person and you came up as a hit for “Rupert Read”, “Balliol” and “JCR President” so I rashly assumed that you were the same bearded person I had in mind without following the link.
I have corrected my original entry accordingly but will keep this comment in place to show the World what a dick I am.
On the more serious point of your letters to the papers and arguments about animal “rights”, I’m with Oliver Kamm and his posters: they’re nonsense.
My comments on your piece about “time slices” also remain.
If you are at all inclined to demonstrate my wrongness on the last matter then you are welcome to offer an argument in plain English or standard physics notation.
all the best