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Abstract talk

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Paranoia got a mention in Manchester's Comedy Store at an Urban Summit fringe event organised by CABE, mentioned here last week. The event discussed the dilemmas and obstacles affecting creativity as a result of a risk-averse culture. A CABE publication on this includes some perception from psychologist Dorothy Rowe: 'The great benefit of paranoia is that it means someone, somewhere, is thinking of you.' She also observes that: 'The trouble with experts is that they love abstract nouns so much they often fall into the trap of thinking that if there is an abstract noun, there must be some real thing to which that noun refers.' For some reason Astragal kept thinking about sustainability, which John Prescott says is like an elephant, ie hard to define but you know it when you see it. Actually, being abstract, sustainability is nothing of the sort, but then nor is John Prescott an expert.

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