Author: Duncan Simpson

Duncan Simpson is a Londoner who writes on philosophy, current affairs and music. He works in the biotechnology sector. He has written for Souciant and maintains the Askesis blog.

In Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), English writer Robert Burton offered a precise explanation for the phenomena of laughter as that which seeks to “condemn the world of folly”.  (More…)

Emerging from the early morning fog, the polymorphous skyline of London’s financial centre can just about be glimpsed. (More…)

As vaccination programmes in Europe and America accelerate, there is increasing clamour for their benefits to be fast-tracked through the use of vaccination or immunity passports. (More…)

The phrase “being led by the science” has been repeated like a battle cry by leaders across Europe since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared on the continent in February. (More…)

Dark ambient music is an unlikely vehicle for contemporary social criticism. (More…)

I’ve been very lucky in lockdown. I’m on the first floor of a small block, not two dozen floors up, shut into a little box where the windows don’t open and the lift is always broken. (More…)

Though the chimes of Big Ben, looming over the Palace of Westminster, are silent, the bell has finally tolled for Prime Minister Theresa May. (More…)

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