Controversies: some issues

1a. Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
1b. Content of 1a, one column
1d. Police / Ethics Panels
1e. S. Yorks Police: IOPC
1f. Police, PCC, Panels
1g. Dr Billings: 'Hate Crime'
1h. Police / school capability
1i. Complaints v. SYP, PCC
1j. 'Treating people properly'

Other topics: alphabetical list

Animal welfare
Bullfighting: against
Cambridge University  
Culture industry
Death penalty: against
Drama: play with introduction
Drama: 2nd play
Drama: screenplay
Ethics: ethical theory
Gardening : introduction
Gardening: heat, drought
Gardening: bed and board
Gardening: plant protection
Gardening: greenhouses etc
Gardening: composting etc,
Gardening: design
Heaney: translations
Heaney: introduction
Heaney: crap and credulity
Heaney: Companion
Heaney: poem reviews

Heaney: Human Chain
Heaney: ethical depth?




Click on highlighted text to go to a pageAbout this site gives some useful  introductory material.

 A New PHD-C Page is about my more recent  gardening, building, workshop and general projects as well as some less recent ones,   with many new images. Another PHD-C Page contains archived / still relevant material.

vineyard-orchard-polytunnel-growing-system is an introduction to a  recent, wide-ranging invention of mine, now awarded a Patent Pending  in the USA.

Gardening, construction: introduction, with, photographs 2010 - 2020 is  comprehensive, including techniques, efficient working, new ways of working,  appearance and aesthetics. with links to other gardening  pages.

Page Travel introduces  innovations in Web page navigation,  for use in 'Large Page Design'  and other applications.


My experiences as cellist, violinist,  viola player, cross-country skier  includes some personal information. The drama section has a play script, a second play scripta  screenplay. 




Controversies  includes issues  listed in the first section of the column to the right, many to do with Christianity. My page Church donations  includes  objections to Christianity and reasons not to donate to Churches / Church organizations.   In the section 'Other topics,' there are  links to pages on Universities (faults, with recognition of their astonishing achievements),  the death penalty,  bullfighting, animal welfare,    Ireland and Northern IrelandIsrael: defending,  veganism: against,   and other issues.

I  go beyond English in some pages. Seamus Heaney: translations and versions includes texts in German, Dutch, Italian, Latin, classical / modern Greek and French, with my own translations and comments on a text in Polish. . My page Kafka and Rilke has material in German.

Word-designs: PHD-C concrete poetry  and Innovations and new ideas: poetry and visual art are detailed accounts. Metaphor and metre present innovations in their study.





                 List of some topics, with links to pages

  Clicking on an entry in the list below takes you to the page



Some  pages (including this one) make use of Large Page Design.
These pages are wide or fairly wide as well as long or fairly long and can't be viewed adequately on a portable device with a small screen.

Below the text here, some of the site's many images, showing  some of its range and variety - easily seen by scrolling down the page. Clicking on an image takes you to a linked page or to  Home  Page Images in some cases. This provides larger images, with accompanying information.




Most pages  (but not this one) use an innovation in Web navigation, 'the rail,' a long, thin band on the left margin.                             
Clicking on the rail gives a means of reaching top of page very quickly. At top of page,  links  are provided for
rapid page travel, travel within the page (to different regions of the page) and travel to other pages.

The British Library (the national library of the United Kingdom) has selected all of this site for preservation, in the
Arts and Humanities / Literature archive and the Computer Science, Information Technology and Web Technology archive


I've been working on new, very demanding projects. The time I have available for other projects is restricted.
Pages I intended  to  revise / extend, pages with formatting issues, will have to remain for now in their present state.
The images which are the 'exceptions' mentioned above, images without a link to a page, will be provided with links
 but again, other demands will delay the process of providing these links. In some cases, new pages will need to be created.

The 'New Growing System' is one of the new projects. It has been awarded 'Patent Pending' in the United States and
offers a wide range of benefits in vineyards, orchards and in the growing of various polytunnel crops. Preliminary
information is on the page vineyard-orchard-polytunnel-growing-system.  The invention title is
'Integrated dual layer structure
and structure-group system  with modifiable components and configurations for growing, protected cropping,
protected working, materials handling, water collecting and water conservation for use in vineyards and orchards
and as a polytunnel substitute for growing tomatoes and a range of other crops.'


The greenhouse I designed and constructed and the New Growing System (images of the greenhouse as well as the
New Growing System are included below) offer similar advantages, aesthetic as well as practical. The practical advantages
include effective plant protection in cold weather, effective ways of reducing internal temperatures in heat waves,
facilities for collecting and storing water, essential at a time when drought has become a major threat, and ways of
making use of natural precipitation to a great extent in this protected cropping system.


A full page article on the greenhouse design which I wrote  has been published, with photographs, in the magazine of
The National Allotment Society (Issue 2, 2023.) This site contains comment and information about a large number of
very different topics. Obviously, publication of the article by the National Allotment Society doesn't amount to endorsement
of any of the diverse material on the site.





PHD-C, Paul Hurt Design-Construction - Innovations for
farms, gardens, workshops, construction of small buildings, the home


PHD-C, Paul Hurt Design-Construction, offers genuine innovation, practicality
and a concern for aesthetics in the design and construction of 

Agricultural growing systems, as in the invention now 'patent pending' in the United States.
Greenhouses -  greenhouses with presence, flexible, adaptable, with large, removable panels
to lower the internal temperature during heat waves and to allow rainfall to water the crops in
the greenhouse, reducing use of hose-pipes, with water-collecting surfaces to conserve water.
Other water-collecting surfaces, directing water to storage containers, a pond or directly to plants.
Implementing green roofs, eg, the roof of the PHD-C Greenhouse, with grape vines / hop plants, with
no need for bulky, heavy soil or compost.

 New bed-and-board systems in gardens / allotments, with many advantages.
A solar composter, speeding up production of compost by the greenhouse effect.
A solar wood store, speeding up the drying of wood for efficient burning in wood stoves.

Hydraulic machinery for log splitting / apple pressing, elegant, useful furniture when not in use.
Other domestic furniture- a table, a bookcase, storage systems -  distinctive designs, not copies.

A radical new roofing system, allowing inclined roofs (including water collecting roofs)
to be constructed as easily as flat roofs, within (not above) a new walling system.
Workbenches for woodworking / metalworking, easy to construct, easy to dismantle,
easy to move from place to place, but solid and immovable in use, with ample storage
space and versatile working surfaces.
A vice for woodworking, with pressure exerted by a ratchet strap, not a screw thread.
Van to campervan conversions which are  cost-effective, practical and harmonious.
Wildlife aids - a bird table, a swift nesting box  which is easily installed at a height without a ladder
Simple aids  to moving heavy loads up  slopes, and  on level ground, in gardens / allotments.
Simple aids to safe working, e.g. in sheet metal work.

As well as contributions to design / construction in fields other than these.

PHD-C (which began as PHD) has never been a business. I have never earned money
from my work. It has been carried out for personal reasons but with the hope of
giving wider benefits. The time may come when I do start a business, although the demands
on my time will make that not at all easy. Other factors will make it not at all easy.

Linkages as well as contrasts underlie to a greater or lesser extent most of this site.
I stress methods, techniques, ideas, concepts, values that are common to very
different fields of activity, often ones which unify, and not only in design / construction
but far more widely - the project TTL, 'Theme, Theory, Practice.'


A project which is a substantial part of my work, in the field of comparative literature:
'literature, broadly defined, and other spheres of human activity, including history, politics,
philosophy, art and science' and in multiple languages. Work in the field of poetic technique
and innovation in poetics is a separate, linked project. 


One interest of mine, music, has no coverage in any detail.  I do include brief information about
some writing of mine on an aspect of violin technique. It was included in a violin concerto which
received its world premiere at a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The concerto includes
text as well as the music, obviously the main component of the work. I had studied with the
Hungarian violinist Rudolf Botta, commemorated by the concerto. Before switching to the violin
and viola, I was a cellist, and played the cello in an orchestra which included professional players,
the members of 'The Lindsays' (The Lindsay String Quartet.)


South Yorkshire Counter-Evangelism is a recent addition to the list of projects. It makes extensive
use of earlier work and has close linkages with issues concerning freedom of expression.
Its  object is 'Scrutinizing and holding to account selected Christians, Christian churches and 
Christian organizations in South Yorkshire and beyond. '







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Images are an important part of the site. So too are  ideas and concepts, particularly
the concepts I call {themes}.  The project TTL, 'Theme, theory, practice'  involves practical
applications as well as abstract theory.

I discuss many, many applications of {themes} in pages of the site. These two lists give
some idea of their range and variety.


List 1 gives examples organized by {theme}. Each {theme} has its own page in the site.


List 2 gives examples which are all discussed in the page 'Interpretations.' 
The treatment  is generally more thorough, making use of the symbols of {theme} theory.

Commercial pressures
Goya and violence

Mathematical proof
Truth tables
Digital electronics
Biological taxonomy
Aristotle's 'telos'
Gothic and Renaissance architecture

Generalised linkage connective
Material conditional
Teleological arguments
Vectors and directed lines
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 3.144

The key system in music
modulation in poetry
The unities of drama
Narrative {distance}
'Du' and 'Sie' in German
Edward Bullough's aesthetic {distance}
Wordsworth's boy at Windermere
The subjunctive and optative in Thucydides iii, 22
Web design and {distance}
The law of negligence


The Journey
James Connolly and the Easter Rising
Transformation in Rembrandt and Rilke
Mind, body and the rest of the world
George Orwell: capital and corporal punishment
Activism and opposition
{modification} by {diversification}
The necessary, the impossible and the contingent
The ship of Theseus
Variables and pretensions
Corroboration and falsification
Typography and action
Modal properties

Ethical decision-making
Digital technology
Military medicine: triage
Priorities in politics
{ordering} and {grouping}
The mind and concentration

Limitation and limits
Disappointment and imperfection
Exemption: slavery
Quantum mechanics
Linkage schemata
Linkage isolation
Isolation and abstraction
Isolation and 'The Whole Truth'
Isolation and distortion
Poetry and prose
Kant and the limits to knowledge
Allowing and disallowing 

Thermodynamic reversal
Elastic deformation
Inversion and musical intervals 


Of people: Shakespeare
Of people: Auschwitz-Birkenau
Between past and present
Vegetables and fruit
Human characteristics and versatility
Thermodynamic separation
{separation} and application-sphere
{separation} and separability
Areas of competence 

Evaluating the thing itself
Mathematical and scientific {substitution}

Commutative operators
Demarcation: science-metaphysics
Endothermic and exothermic reactions
Foundationalism and coherentism
Inverses of functions
Kantian categories
Mendelian factors
Meta- and para-studies
Newton's first law of motion
Newton's third law of motion
Particle in a box
Polish (prefix) notation
Referents (ambiguity of, in similes)
Schopenhauer's pessimism
Selection: natural and artificial
SI units
Thermodynamic systems as partitions















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Emails sent to me are treated as confidential. Emails sent to me won't be released into the public domain, including publication on this site, unless with the sender's permission. 


Mikhail Bakhtin writes of "Dostoevsky's passion for journalism and his love of the newspaper, his deep and subtle understanding of the newspaper page as a living reflection of the contradictions of contemporary society in the cross-section of a single day, where the most diverse and contradictory material is laid out, extensively, side by side..." ('Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics,' translation of Caryl Emerson.)


My approach is in part systematic and rigorous, sometimes at a high level of abstraction, but I see no contradiction between system and rigour on the one hand and on the other, passion, compassion, activism, humour, an intense concern for the health of language and the vitality of culture, a whole range of other concerns. A systematic study can reveal gaps very clearly. The meticulous work of cartographers helped to show explorers which regions were still unexplored, to suggest new areas for risk and discovery. Activism and activists -  deluded and  deranged activists as well as ones I respect and admire - politics and politicians, have a part to play in the pages of the site, but also journalists, poets, musicians, scientists, engineers, labourers, scholars, miners, and many more, including animals.                  


The 'diverse material' in this site covers a very wide range, some of it of journalistic, some of it academic, some of it personal, some of it practical - working with wood, metal, other materials, designing and constructing buildings, other structures and sometimes machines, the growing of a wide range of plants. Some of it is concerned with aesthetics, some of it is concerned with ethics - with humane values and harshness, unavoidable harshness as well as harshness which can be reduced by reform or technical advances, harshness in peace and  harshness in war,  industry and nature.


Ethics: theory and practice  has technical and non-technical sections. It introduces  symbolic notation for 'outweighing,' a concept which I see as fundamental in ethics.  



Pages concerned with value judgments include appreciation as well as criticism - fair-minded and balanced, I think, even when outspoken.  There's criticism of anti-feminists as well as radical feminists, criticism of people who oppose 'woke' views as well as criticism of 'woke' views, criticism of  Christian beliefs  without assuming that non-Christians and anti-Christians have a monopoly of good sense, without assuming that they are incapable of stupidity (and worse, much worse), arguments and evidence in favour of 'conservative' views, but with significant reservations. The page on university education contains criticism of some aspects of some universities (I focus attention on Cambridge but discuss others) whilst recognizing their astonishing achievement.


My poetry - very varied - appears on the page Poems. Some of the poems have also been published in literary magazines.


The study of linkages is one of the broadest of all studies. Linkages / contrasts, are fundamental organizing principles of the site. I discuss linkages in many different fields and create new ones - there are many innovations here.


Many linkages are  problematic and disputed. Astrologers find a linkage between human personality and celestial objects whilst skeptics find no convincing evidence. Scientific advances involve new linkages: Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation proposed a linkage between all the bodies in the Universe, Darwin's Theory of Evolution  new linkages between organisms.


Most of the material is non-technical. The page introducing {theme} theory (which includes linkage and contrast) is one exception. I explain some conceptual innovations and go beyond natural language, developing a symbolic notation with many uses and substantial advantages. Pages which make use of  this notation include  Interpretations Most of these concern topics in mathematics, physics, chemistry, philosophy and logic, including commutative operators, thermodynamic systems as partitions,  inverses of functions, indeterminate logic, induction, prefix notation, foundationalism, coherentism, S.I. units.