Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | February 16, 2013

F**K You Buddy

Ok. Are you up for some really thought-provoking ideas that will exercise those grey cells?! There is a documentary maker called Adam Curtis who over his career has made some of the most interesting films I have ever seen. He specialises in unearthing obscure or forgotten figures who have exerted a powerful influence on the way we live today. His series Century of the Self, for example, explained (amongst many other things) the impact Freud’s nephew has had on our world – and it makes for a fascinating story. You can watch all four episodes on his blog site here.

Recently I watched F**k you Buddy – the first in his series The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom. You can find all the episodes on Youtube. In this first one, he makes links between the Cold War, the mathematician featured in ‘A Beautiful Mind’, the psychiatrist R.D.Laing’s work, and how the ideal of freedom has become distorted in our times. You don’t have to agree with his assertions, but by the gods your mental faculties get a good work-out!

And for me it affirms that adage that I used to see printed on a card at the local garage every time I took the car in for a service: ‘If you think you know what’s going on, you really don’t understand!’  (It had a better punch line but I can’t remember it. If you know it please tell me! An internet search brings up the same idea expressed more graphically by Robert Anton Wilson: ‘If you think you know what the hell is going on, you’re probably full of shit.’


  1. The question was solved 2500 years ago by the Greeks : Logic. If you do a deep investigation then you will answer your question within the framework of our state of knowledge

  2. Link to your previous message. Do we want a civilization of kings or a civilization of craftsman ? In my opinion, Lug symbolized the craftsman and the harvest. A craftsman knows what’s hell is going on every time he finish his work

  3. “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe as mathematician John Nash. 🙂

  4. Such an eye opener!
    Reminds me of Terry Goodkin’s first law of magic 😉

  5. Philip, is this the quote you’re seeking? “If you can keep your head when all about you others are losing theirs, maybe you just don’t understand the situation.”

  6. Here is my response to your dream of freedom.

    I hope it will help you. If you believe in coincidences and providences, I have a friend whom family name is Lugue and he just endorse me on linkdn.

    Once again, thanks for everything and remember that you gave me the idea for Atlantis

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