Honesty is next to representativeness.

There's an old joke about two hillbillies: Clem: "Bob, my horse has the colic. I know yours had the same problem, what did you give it?" Bob: "Bran and mollasses". Two weeks later: Clem (irate and distraught): "Bob, I gave my horse bran and molasses, and it died". Bob: "So did mine." Consider a statement … Continue reading Honesty is next to representativeness.

Two-dimensional characters

Two possible definitions of a two-dimensional character in a work of fiction: 1) A character we only ever see from one angle. They exist to fulfil a particular role in the story, which they do, but they have no sense of depth to them beyond that - we get some mannerisms, perhaps a here-and-now short … Continue reading Two-dimensional characters

Why is corporal punishment worse than imprisonment?

Like most children of middle-class lefty families, I was brought up to believe that corporal punishment was the second-worst thing in the world, after capital punishment, and until fairly recently I took that as an article of faith, and never really thought about it. But then I realised that that's not actually a position I … Continue reading Why is corporal punishment worse than imprisonment?