Walk up the hill towards the Stone Circle, turn right at the homeopathy tent (if it’s in the same place this year), down Healing Broadway, nice big green tent on the right organised (among others) by my mate Shane Collins from t’ Green Party. I’ll be talking at 5pm on Saturday, just after Tony Benn, hard act. Not sure what I’ll do yet, maybe “medicalisation of everyday life”, maybe “how people deal with unwelcome evidence” (Rath, libel, drugs war nonsense, etc), maybe “how the green/left movement can shoot itself in the foot by associating itself with transparently obvious bullshit”.
At the risk of oversharing, it was partly in thoughtful outdoor scenes like this, during my early mid 20s in the late mid 90s, that I learnt how to argue and think, find evidence on ideas that went against the grain, but also how intolerance can strike in all kinds of funny places, and how people can think things for all kinds of odd reasons. Basically what I think I’m saying is I got really disappointed when half my anti-arms trade mates turned out to believe in reiki. I will not be talking about this. See you there!