Lord Soley

There was a debate on employment on Thursday and I suggested that just as we realised how important reading, writing and arithmetic were in the 19th century so we ought to recognise now the importance of digital education. The Minister gave a fairly encouraging response but I felt he could have gone further. I make the point in the debate that if we used all contacts available for people who have had employment difficulties we could give them additional chances by ensuring they have the skills necessary to make full use of IT. You can read the debate here:

3 comments for “Employment

  1. Gareth Howell
    24/03/2014 at 9:29 am

    Aren’t mobile phones digital?

    The mind of man has certainly changed as a consequence of the evolution of hand writing on paper in to finger-tip writing on keyboards, but I am not sure how it effects the labour market. Not so much the mind, but the memory, there being four kinds of memory now, compared with only one 150 years ago.
    Notice that the word ‘intelligence’ per se ,is as far as I know, little used today by comparison with the 1950s. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is another matter all together.

    I may have mentioned William Dalrymple’s work on the Sufi scholars, who were until recently illiterate but had memory dating back to the year dot. The ability to read and write inhibits the power of memory. The digital enhancement of
    reading and writing has had a further debilitating effect on the power of human individual memory.

    Sufi memory was based on dance and song at an early age, not on learning the learning letters of the alphabet in the mind’s eye, or the Qwerty on the keyboard.

    Lord Soley is promoting a certain kind of progress, which has implications in, for example, the field of medicine, which can be sinister in the extreme, when viewed from the realm of bio-ethics.

    Historically “true” memory, ie the “true myth” of history, may become completely lost in favour of the “false myth” of the keyboard and electronic and digital memory.

    There are two polarized views of history, one reactionary, the other revolutionary. The socialist dream of good health care for all is rapidly turning in to a night mare of human body spare part salesmanship, for the revolution and progress.

    What is there to say about Digital education, any more than there is about mechanics when we drive a car? As long as it works you dont need to know anything about it.

    000000000001111000011111000001111 There are the digits. Zero and one.
    Logic gates open and close.They always did in the human brain, but now the human brain knows that is how its ‘self’ works.

  2. Gareth Howell
    24/03/2014 at 9:36 am

    Set of tools, processes, and methodologies (such as coding/programming, data communications, data conversion, storage and retrieval, systems analysis and design, systems control) and associated equipment employed to collect, process, and present information. In broad terms, IT also includes office automation, multimedia, and telecommunications.


    Information Technology is rather different. It’s big business, and most universities have cheap and cheerful degree courses in it and have done for the last 20 years, ever since websites started to take off, in 1994.

    Knowing how to choose what to learn has been the task of teachers since the days of Socrates and Plato and before.

  3. maude elwes
    01/04/2014 at 4:35 pm


    I have a words for employment. There is none. What is being pushed through the sausage grinder is hooves, hair and tripe. Ridiculous slave mentality notions of ‘stand on the street corner and we’ll come and maybe, if you are lucky, choose you for a day rate well below the measly minimum wage. Which when you take it up removes you from any kind of benefit until you have been reassessed. Food bank time?


    Can anyone give a comprehensive reason as to why immigrants are still being allowed to enter the UK at an alarming rate, when so many are here unable to feed themselves as it is? The fallacy is, the tax payers of this country cannot and should not be expected to feed the world. The countries of origin must get up off their backsides and take care of their own rather than ship them out to us.

    And of course being politically correct, they choose the one white guy they could find in order to pretend it’s those dastardly couch potato Brits that are the offending masses.


    We have millions without jobs and the banking fiasco, with government collusion, is the reason for it. Sending out messages via the various media telling it is not and growth and work is on the rise is deliberately deceptive. Set up to try and fool the electorate for the election next year. It isn’t working and the discontent is rising as a result of these continuous mind games.

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