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Steve Connor's Free Thought is about taking offence, broadcast around 8.30am in Breakfast on 14th October. Or listen to it online right here the next working day.

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Harry Sigerson (Snr), Glasgow
Offence: incisively looked at by Mr Connor. It's a subject long held up for thinking about; that and its cousin, 'intent'. Sometimes it has to be asked of someone you're talking to, 'Where does that thinking live?'Is each aware of their enduring isolation; and of course if not why not? No one /really/ knows what is going on in the mind of the person being talked to - perish that idea. The best you've got is that you know what you're thinking. At least that is the only starting point that you have. The most boring person you'll ever /meet/ is your /self/. After all you know everything you are thinking; have thought, memory permitting; and are likely to think - ceteris paribus. Of course you could be a complete nutter in which case this fly should be left sticking to the asylum wall. Whatever is said to you no matter what, by anyone, is of much more interest. There is the assessing of what she/he is up to, if anything. That is, the person's thought and intention as delivered. Delivered not by telepathy or their giving you a loan of their brain that you might make doubly-clear what they're about. It's done by language; whichever one is common to both. Of course, all of the above changes when the other has, almost un-noticed, become a friend. Then there is a rift in that you've relaxed and expect more from them than that thought/intention pairing. But the basic rule still holds. I only *really* know what 'I' think. At least I think that's so?

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