We are only human – Ian Hughes ponders the limits of what we can know

The article below was written quite a few years back when I was working as an atomic physicist. It still rings true today…

ABRAHAM PAIS relates in his biography of Niels Bohr that the renowned Danish
physicist once claimed to a friend: “I have made a great discovery, a very great
discovery. All that philosophers have ever written is pure drivel!” Continue reading

Living Well at Others’ Expense Book Review

My review of Stephan Lessenich’s great new book ‘Living Well at Others’ Expense’ appears in the Irish Times today. It is an insightful and challenging book in which he argues convincingly that global inequality is not simply the fault of the richest 1%. Instead, today’s model of global capitalism means that we are all complicit. Read my review here.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway bestseller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him? With eight new essays (including one by Ian Hughes, author of Disordered Minds), this new edition covers the dangerous ramifications of Trump’s unnatural state. It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.  Continue reading

Disordered Minds featured on Rob Kall’s Radio Show. Listen here.

I am honored to appear on Rob Kall’s Bottom Up Radio show to discuss my new book Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities Are Destroying Democracy. “Ian Hughes has written an extraordinary book that spells out how three personality disorders are dangerous to humanity and the world.” Rob Kall

Listen to Disordered Minds on Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio here

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Entrepreneurs of hate

Is it possible to transform politics around values such as empathy, solidarity and love? Many progressive commentators think so, and have laid out different plans to put these ideas into practice. But empathy and love seem in short supply in the actuality of politics today, crowded out by hate and intolerance.  In one society after another fear-mongering proceeds apace against poor people, immigrants, minorities and anyone else who is not part of the dominant group.

This article first appeared on Open Democracy Transformation.

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