Controversies: issues

Objections to Christianity, reasons not to give to church organisations / churches

1a. Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
1b. Content of 1a, one column
1c. BILLINGSGATE: fishy 
1d. Police / Ethics Panels
1e. South Yorkshire  Police
1f. Police, PCC, Panels
1g. Dr Billings: 'Hate Crime'
1h. Police / school capability
1i. Complaints v. SYP, PCC

Other topics: alphabetical list

Animal welfare
Bullfighting: against
Cambridge University  
Culture industry
Death penalty: against
Drama: play with introduction
Drama: 2nd play  
Drama: screenplay
Ethics: ethical theory
Framework Science
Gardening : introduction
Gardening: heat, drought
Gardening: bed and board
Gardening: plant protection
Gardening: greenhouses etc
Gardening: composting etc,
Gardening: design
Harvard University
Heaney: introduction
Heaney: Companion
Heaney: poem reviews,

Heaney: Human Chain
Heaney: ethical depth?
Heaney and bullfighting
Ireland: nationalist illusions
Israel: defending




Click on highlighted text to reach a pageAbout this site


I now have 3 Patents Pending in the United States:

(1)  New vineyard-orchard-polytunnel-growing-system is an invention for use in farms, with a wide range of environmental benefits.

(2) New window-door system provides multiple environmental and other benefits (eg security, fire safety) with multiple applications:  homes, offices, factories, very large as well as small buildings. 
(3) New roofing-walling system also has multiple applications and  benefits,  particularly in the field of  water collecting and conservation, mitigation of flooding and drought
PHD New is about my more recent  gardening, building, workshop and general projects as well as some less recent ones. PHD Page   contains archived, still relevant material. One of many gardening pages: Gardening:  introduction, with photographs.  Page Travel introduces  innovations in fast, easy Web page navigation. My experiences as cellist,  violinist, violist  is also about Nordic skiing.











Controversies  includes issues  listed in the first section of the column to the right, The protest camps at Oxford, the pro-Palestinian protest Camp at Sheffield University: arguments against, including fire risks,    Israel: for, animal welfare,  Ireland and Northern Ireland, veganism: bullfighting: arguments and  action against, Green Objections 'Carmen'  and violence, the death penalty,  and others, including a wide range of pages on Christianity: the case against. The more general pages include Christian religion: criticism, the 'Hub Page' Church donations  and Billingsgate.

I  go beyond English in some pages. Seamus Heaney: translations and versions includes texts in German, Dutch, Italian, Latin, classical / modern Greek and French, with my own translations and comment, including comment on a text in Polish.  Kafka and Rilke  has material in German.


Word-designs: PHD-C concrete poetry  and Innovations and new ideas: poetry and visual art are detailed accounts. Metaphor and metre present innovations. Sheffield Dales is about landscape and buildings.






                 List of some topics, with links to pages




       Below, some of the site's many images, showing  some of its range and
      variety - easily seen by scrolling down the page. Click on an image to
      go to a linked page or to  Home  Page Images in some cases. Clicking on
      'the rail' (the long band at the left margin) from lower down any page
      takes you  to top of page. Some  pages (including this one) make use
      of 'Large Page Design.' These  are wide as well as  long and can't be
      viewed adequately on the small screen of a portable device.







  All  pages  use an innovation of mine in Web navigation, 'the rail,' a long, thin band on the left margin.

  Clicking on the rail gives a means of reaching top of page very quickly. There,  links  are provided for
  rapid page travel, travel within the page (to different regions of the page) and travel to other pages.

  About this site  includes some recent Google rankings for pages of the site.

  The British Library (the national library of the United Kingdom) has selected all of this site for preservation, in the
  Arts and Humanities / Literature archive and the Computer Science, Information Technology and Web Technology archive


  I've been working on new, very demanding projects. The time I have available for other projects is restricted.  Pages I intended 
  to  revise / extend, pages with formatting issues, will have to remain for now in their present state.
  Many of the images on this page without a link to a page will be provided with links and text explanations but again,
  the demands on my time will delay this work.












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  PHD,  Paul Hurt Design: sustainable design and construction. Innovations for
  farms, gardens, workshops, construction of small buildings, the home


 PHD, Paul Hurt Design offers genuine innovation, practicality and a concern for aesthetics 
 and the environment in the design and construction of 

 Agricultural growing systems, as in one of the three inventions now 'patent pending' in the United States.

 The invention title is 'Integrated dual layer structure and structure group system
 with modifiable components and configurations for growing, protected cropping, protected working, materials handling,
 water collecting and water conservation for use in vineyards and orchards and as a polytunnel substitute.' Further

  New Window-Door System   is a radical system with a very wide range of applications, from small-scale domestic
 applications to industrial and large-scale architectural applications. It offers unparalleled opportunities to install, very
 quickly, different surfaces in window spaces which optimize insulation in cold weather, optimize air flow in hot weather,
 to reduce or eliminate reliance upon air-conditioning installations and allow the insertion of surfaces to achieve
 wide-ranging benefits, including benefits in security, in fire control, and benefits in storage and provision of working
 facilities inside  homes, offices, workshops and factories. This system has patent pending status in the United States.

 New roofing-walling-system
  also has patent pending status in the United States and has the potential to achieve massive
 benefits in mitigation of flooding, water collection and storage on a large scale to address the problem of drought and
 to reduce reliance upon mains water, and a range of other benefits, including fire safety.

Other water-collecting surfaces, directing water to storage containers, a pond or directly to plants.

  Greenhouses -  greenhouses with presence, flexible, adaptable, with large, removable panels
  to lower the internal temperature during heat waves and to allow natural precipitation  to water
  the crops in the greenhouse, reducing reliance on mains water, with water-collecting surfaces to conserve water,
A full page article on the greenhouse design which I wrote has been published, with photographs, in the magazine of
  The National Allotment Society (Issue 2, 2023.)

  Implementing green roofs, eg, the roof of the PHD Greenhouse, with grape vines / hop plants, with
  no need for bulky, heavy soil or compost.

   New bed-and-board systems in gardens / allotments, with many advantages,
  including huge flexibility: boards can be quickly removed and replaced, beds can  be modified
  very easily, become larger or smaller, growing areas can be divided into beds or not. When large,
  open areas are chosen, water-collecting surfaces can easily be installed, if the areas are on a slope.
  A new lightweight metal system allowing quick construction of various garden / small farm structures
  for plant protection and support.

  A solar composter, speeding up production of compost by the greenhouse effect.
  A solar wood store, speeding up the drying of wood for efficient burning in wood stoves.

  Wildlife aids - a bird table, a swift nesting box, very different from all existing designs - 
  easily constructed,  easily installed at a height without a ladder - it takes a little over a minute.

  Hydraulic machinery for log splitting / apple pressing, elegant, useful furniture when not in use.
  Other domestic furniture- a table, a bookcase, storage systems -  distinctive designs, not copies.

  A radical new roofing system, allowing inclined roofs (including water collecting roofs)
  to be constructed as easily as flat roofs, within (not above) a new walling system.
  Workbenches for woodworking / metalworking, easy to construct, easy to dismantle,
  easy to move from place to place, but solid and immovable in use, with ample storage
  space and versatile working surfaces.
  A vice for woodworking, with pressure exerted by a ratchet strap, not a screw thread.
  Van to Campervan conversions which can be implemented quickly and are  cost-effective,
  practical and harmonious.

  Van to Display Unit conversions, using telescopic and other components, in particular display
  boards.  The boards can display material of many different kinds, e.g. campaigning images and text,
  advertizing material. The displays are static, for use when the van is parked, not moving.
  Simple aids  to moving heavy loads up  slopes and  on level ground, in gardens / allotments.
  Simple aids to safe working, e.g. in sheet metal work.

to other sites. The
Page-travel: new techniques in Website navigation  introduces innovations in navigation within the page and between pages.
  I regard links of this kind as a form of rail, in this case a horizontal rail
 for navigating within the site or to other sites.
 The long rail at the left side is a vertical rail, of course. A large number of the images above are
  image-links, another  method of navigating the site. The material on this page is diverse. The presence of a vertical rail
  helps to unify the page, to remove the feeling that the user is going into remote parts, in the case of very long pages.
  Website navigation has linkages with travelling in an area or travelling to more distant places, to remote places.
  There are also contributions to design in fields other than these.

on this page is diverse. The presence of the vertical page, to remove the feeling that the user is going into re

My work has been carried out for personal reasons but with the hope of giving wider benefits.  I have never earned money
  from my work or sought to earn money. A new phase may well be beginning.

Linkages as well as contrasts underlie to a greater or lesser extent most of this site.
  I stress methods, techniques, ideas, concepts, values that are common to very
  different fields of activity, often ones which unify, and not only in design / construction
  but far more widely - the project TTL, 'Theme, Theory, Practice.'


  A project which is a substantial part of my work, in the field of comparative literature:
  'literature, broadly defined, and other spheres of human activity, including history, politics,
  philosophy, art and science' and in multiple languages. Work in the field of poetic technique
  and innovation in poetics is a separate, linked project. 


  One interest of mine, music, has no coverage in any detail.  I do include brief information about
  some writing of mine on an aspect of violin technique. It was included in a violin concerto which
  received its world premiere at a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The concerto includes
  text as well as the music, obviously the main component of the work. I had studied with the
  Hungarian violinist Rudolf Botta, commemorated by the concerto. Before switching to the violin
  and viola, I was a cellist, and played the cello in an orchestra which included professional players,
  the members of 'The Lindsays' (The Lindsay String Quartet.)


   Images are an important part of the site. So too are  ideas and concepts, particularly
  the concepts I call {themes}. 
The project TTL, 'Theme, theory, practice'  involves practical
  applications as well as abstract theory. 

I discuss many, many applications of {themes} in pages of the site. These two lists give
  some idea of their range and variety.


  List 1 gives examples organized by {theme}. Each {theme} has its own page in the site
  and there are links to the {themes} in the lists below


  List 2 gives examples which are all discussed in the page Interpretations.
  The treatment  is generally more thorough, making use of symbolic {theme} theory.

  Commercial pressures
  Goya and violence

  Mathematical proof
  Truth tables
  Digital electronics
  Biological taxonomy
  Aristotle's 'telos'
  Gothic and Renaissance architecture

  Generalized linkage connective
  Material conditional
  Teleological arguments
  Vectors and directed lines
  Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 3.144

  The key system in music
  modulation in poetry
  The unities of drama
  Narrative {distance}
  'Du' and 'Sie' in German
  Edward Bullough's aesthetic {distance}
  Wordsworth's boy at Windermere
  The subjunctive and optative in Thucydides iii, 22
  Web design and {distance}
  The law of negligence


  The Journey
  James Connolly and the Easter Rising
  Transformation in Rembrandt and Rilke
  Mind, body and the rest of the world
  George Orwell: capital and corporal punishment
  Activism and opposition
  {modification} by {diversification}
  The necessary, the impossible and the contingent
  The ship of Theseus
  Variables and pretensions
  Corroboration and falsification
  Typography and action
  Modal properties

  Ethical decision-making
  Digital technology
  Military medicine: triage
  Priorities in politics
  {ordering} and {grouping}
  The mind and concentration

  Limitation and limits
  Disappointment and imperfection
  Exemption: slavery
  Quantum mechanics
  Linkage schemata
  Linkage isolation
  Isolation and abstraction
  Isolation and 'The Whole Truth'
  Isolation and distortion
  Poetry and prose
  Kant and the limits to knowledge
  Allowing and disallowing 

  Thermodynamic reversal
  Elastic deformation
  Inversion and musical intervals 


  Of people: Shakespeare
  Of people: Auschwitz-Birkenau
  Between past and present
  Vegetables and fruit
  Human characteristics and versatility
  Thermodynamic separation
  {separation} and application-sphere
  {separation} and separability
  Areas of competence 

  Evaluating the thing itself
  Mathematical and scientific {substitution}

  Commutative operators
  Demarcation: science-metaphysics
  Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  Foundationalism and coherentism
  Inverses of functions
  Kantian categories
  Mendelian factors
  Meta- and para-studies
  Newton's first law of motion
  Newton's third law of motion
  Particle in a box
  Polish (prefix) notation
  Selection: natural and artificial

  SI units
  Thermodynamic systems as partitions



Email address:

 About this site  gives introductory information on a wide variety of topics, including use of images and this: 'Emails sent to me are treated as confidential. Emails sent to me won't be released into the public domain, including publication on this site, unless with the sender's permission. There are now a few exceptions ...' 


Mikhail Bakhtin writes of 'Dostoevsky's passion for journalism and his love of the newspaper, his deep and subtle understanding of the newspaper page as a living reflection of the contradictions of contemporary society in the cross-section of a single day, where the most diverse and contradictory material is laid out, extensively, side by side...' ('Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics,' translation of Caryl Emerson.)


My approach is in part systematic and rigorous, sometimes at a high level of abstraction, but I see no contradiction between system and rigour on the one hand and on the other, passion, compassion, activism, humour, an intense concern for the health of language and the vitality of culture, a whole range of other concerns. A systematic study can reveal gaps very clearly. The meticulous work of cartographers helped to show explorers which regions were still unexplored, to suggest new areas for risk and discovery. Activism and activists -  deluded and  deranged activists as well as ones I respect and admire - politics and politicians, have a part to play in the pages of the site, but also journalists, poets, musicians, scientists, engineers, labourers, scholars, miners, and many more, including animals.                  


The 'diverse material' in this site covers a very wide range, some of it of journalistic, some of it academic, some of it personal, some of it practical - working with wood, metal, other materials, designing and constructing buildings, other structures and sometimes machines, the growing of a wide range of plants. Some of it is concerned with aesthetics, some of it  with ethics - with humane values and harshness, unavoidable harshness as well as harshness which can be reduced by reform or technical advances, harshness in peace and in war,  industry and nature.


Ethics has technical and non-technical sections.  It introduces  symbolic notation for 'outweighing,' a fundamental concept  in ethics, for me, but with much wider applicability.  



Pages concerned with value judgments include appreciation as well as criticism.  There's criticism of anti-feminists as well as radical feminists, criticism of people who oppose 'woke'  views as well as criticism of woke views, criticism of  Christian beliefs  without assuming that non-Christians and anti-Christians have a monopoly of good sense, without assuming that they are incapable of stupidity (and worse, much worse), arguments and evidence in favour of 'conservative' views, but with significant reservations.


 The pages  on universities contain criticism of some aspects of some universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, the Sheffield universities and others). In general, the astonishing achievement of universities vastly outweighs the failures. It's essential not to overlook achievement in science, technology and other fields, including, of course, scholarship.


My poetry - very varied - appears on the page Poems. Some of the poems have been published in literary magazines. Word-image design contains my 'concrete poems.'


The study of linkages is one of the broadest of all studies. Linkages / contrasts, are fundamental organizing principles of the site. I discuss linkages in many different fields and create new ones - there are many innovations here. Many linkages are  problematic and disputed. Astrologers find a linkage between human personality and celestial objects whilst skeptics find no convincing evidence. Scientific advances involve new linkages: Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation proposed a linkage between all the bodies in the Universe, Darwin's Theory of Evolution  new linkages between organisms.


Most of the material is non-technical. The page introducing {theme} theory (which includes linkage and contrast) is one exception. I explain some conceptual innovations and go beyond natural language, developing a symbolic notation with many uses and substantial advantages.


Pages which make use of  this notation include  Interpretations Most of these concern topics in mathematics, physics, chemistry, philosophy and logic, including commutative operators, thermodynamic systems as partitions,  inverses of functions, indeterminate logic, induction, prefix notation, foundationalism, coherentism, S.I. units.