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Inquire Within


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Stuff that interests me that I hope you like too

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I am interested in old skills and old values and to this end I am digitising some books related to Victorian skills and values.

So far I have completed the Laws of the Navy a set of poems written by by Admiral Ronald Hopwood, C.B. entitled `The Laws of the Navy and Other Poems'. These poems have lessons for us about `The Old Way' - values, principles and practices we would do well to remember today.

... the breeze has spoken strangers, with a stirring tale to tell, And a thousand eager voices flung the challenge out to sea: "Come they hither in the old way, in the only way that's free?" And the flying Breeze called softly: "In the old way . . ."

I am working on `The History of Mankind' by Professor Friedrich Ratzel a landmark in the study of mankind. It was published in three Volumes by Macmillan of London in 1896.

The books are remarkable for the wonderfully intricate bright color chromolithographs that are extremely well done, many of native peoples, their costumes, tools, weapons, etc. There are several maps and more than 1,000 engravings.

The three volumes are divided into five books covering respectively:-

Principles of Ethnography The American-Pacific Group of Races The Light Stocks of South and Central Africa The Negro Races The Cultured Races of the Old World

My intention is to present the information as originally written but to use modern techniques such as links and search facilities to make it easier to use. I do not intend to preserve the original layout or even, if it seems appropriate, the original order of material as they will be sacrificed in the interests of ease of use. But the original language, grammar, spelling and writing style will be kept to preserve as much as possible the flavor of this window on how the world was seen at that time.

I am also working on `The Household Oracle - A Popular Referee on All Subjects of Household Enquiry' edited by Alfred H Miles. It is presented as a fascinating insight into the running of middle class household in Victorian England at the end of the 1800's.

The material in the associated pages (see the `Household Oracle Index') is scanned and reformatted from a handbook entitled

`The Household Oracle aims to be a popular referee on subjects of household enquiry' - A.H.M.

For many years I have worked on Enquire Within, a software programme I developed which is designed to help elicit people's personal constucts using the repertory grid process developed George Kelly, an American engineer turned psychologist. It is a difficult process to use well but Enquire Within provides a great deal of help and guidance, by the way it is designed, to ensure effective and ethical application. The Enquire Within site provides a great deal of background and practical application material.

My personal belief is that Repertory Grid has power to make a real difference for good in the world.

I hope you enjoy browsing there and that the information is useful to you.


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