Charlottesville and the Tyranny of Consensus

Craig ShawWeblog

On August 12th 2017, a 32yo woman was killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. How Did Society Become So Polarised? On one hand, there are those who believe that the system is unjust by design. Old white men designed systematic oppression right into the US Constitution, and thus women and non-white minorities are generations long victims. Mainstream news sources constantly use this narrative in their reporting. Those who believe this narrative strongly enough, might be inclined to take part as counter-protesters. Why? Because this is how Hitler came … Read More




Getting Your Lawn Through a Summer Scorcher

Craig ShawIrriGator

Those of us who live in Perth know very well the meaning of hot and dry. Furthermore, those of us who fall within the spectrum of house proud and avid gardener, have to deal with the added difficulty of keeping our gardens alive and healthy through the summer. And yet it is possible. Any stroll through the neighbourhood reveals the odd garden looking beautiful and lush, like an oasis amid the rest of the street whose gardens sport brown, uninviting lawns. So what can we do to avoid a scorched lawn this summer? Understanding Plants 6 Reasons Your Garden Struggles … Read More




Sincerity Not Rumination

Craig ShawA Fool's Folly

Taken from A Fool’s Folly: Grow With the Flow and Become Wise PART I, Chapter 3: Sincerity Not Rumination Our lives are a subjective experience of an objective reality. Not the sort of fixed reality that is due to a benevolent Godlike being, but a reality that we’ve chosen ourselves either through culture or conscious effort. This is to say that we experience our individual worldview as though it applied to everybody through the laws of nature. Thus our subjective reaction to events arising from erroneous beliefs is as though those beliefs are undeniably true. When we talk of philosophy, … Read More




Logical statements regarding a good life, mastered experience and autodidacticism

Craig ShawA Fool's Folly

What shall I do about that “inarticulate and powerful yearning of all men” (John Steinbeck)? I shall ask myself what makes a good life and hope for decent articulation… What makes a good life? I experience life. My life is an accumulation of my experiences. These experiences are subjective, varied and range from desired to unwelcome. I cannot choose my subjective experiences (determinism), but I can decide my use of them. My use of subjective experience is what matters – that which I can determine to some limited degree. Good decisions lead to constructive experiences (e.g. when an experience of boredom … Read More




Q: Are you prepared to act despite a majority?

Craig ShawA Fool's Folly

If one thinks his discontentment is ordained by God, then let him pray. Your contentment depends on the value of your ideas; ideas that are inalienable. Just remember that you cannot run and be hobbled; so run. Here is some news for you…the overwhelming majority do what they do because of other people. Too bad all these other people are doing the same thing. The reward for critical thinking is not popularity, but a superior experience of life – an experience yours alone that cannot be shared. Making an adjustment toward better ends in your life is a relatively easy … Read More




Q: Have you confused a set of means for your ends?

Craig ShawA Fool's Folly

Are you more frustrated than a man with a fork in a world full of soup? If so, this post aims to remedy such a situation. The Write Up Let us begin by imagining two blokes fresh out of high school. Let’s imagine the first bloke acts on the following advice. ‘Whatever you do go to university and use your degree to build a career.‘ The second bloke acts on advice to the contrary. ‘Whatever you do, don’t go to university as institutions cannot provide an education.‘ We could proceed by arguing over which of the two blokes is more likely … Read More




Moving forward with IrriGator: An Update

Craig ShawWeblog

Marketing Philosophy If you walked into a room full of people and asked if anybody wanted to buy a toothbrush, you’d be quite happy if you got a few takers. However, what you wouldn’t get is most of the room choosing to buy. The same would apply to the latest innovation…say you offered that same room an Apple Watch, most people wouldn’t buy, but one or two might. You can’t sell everyone, everything, every day because they have limited resources and must decide between a multitude of choices based on their needs. In making a purchase there is an effort … Read More




6 Reasons Your Garden Struggles in the Summer Heat

Craig ShawIrriGator

Those of us who live in Perth know very well the meaning of hot and dry. Furthermore, those of us who fall within the spectrum of house proud and avid gardener, have to deal with the added difficulty of keeping our gardens alive and healthy through the summer. And yet it is possible. Any stroll through the neighbourhood reveals the odd garden looking beautiful and lush, like an oasis amid the rest of the street whose gardens sport brown, uninviting lawns. So what does it take be be the proud owner of your street’s oasis? Read on… 1. Water In Perth many … Read More




Creating a Vertical Wall for a Herb Garden

Craig ShawIrriGator

See how an IrriGator unit was used together with a drip setup in order to take care of a freshly planted herb garden. A tap timer ensured that the herbs were frequently watered, whilst the GelBlock ensured that in addition to water, all the plants receive vital nutrients, micro-nutrients, trace elements and bio-stimulants. The water and nutrient carrying capacity of the soil was greatly improved, thus the plants had excellent growth, vibrancy and ability to endure stress. Best, Craig.




Creating a Vegetable Garden

Craig ShawIrriGator

See how an IrriGator unit was used together with a drip setup in order to take care of a freshly planted vegetable garden. The tap timer ensures that the garden is frequently watered, whilst the GelBlock ensured that in addition to water, all the plants receive vital nutrients, micro-nutrients, trace elements and bio-stimulants. The water and nutrient carrying capacity of the soil was greatly improved, thus the plants had excellent growth, vibrancy and ability to endure stress. Best, Craig.