Author: Peter Howarth

Dr. Peter Howarth started his working life as an Optometrist (Ophthalmic Optician) before returning to academia in 1977. Following his Masters in Ergonomics, from Loughborough University, he moved to the west coast of the USA, obtaining his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He then taught Visual Ergonomics back in Loughborough until his retirement in 2015 following successful operations for colon cancer. He lives in Allendale, and claims to have once had lunch with the thirteenth richest person on the planet.

Are the media fanning the flames of racial intolerance?

Peter Howarth

Did the media’s description of penalty ‘saves’ at the Euro 2021 football competition as ‘misses’ fan the flames of racial abuse? England lost the shoot-out, and when a loss occurs we English seem to need to have someone to blame. Blaming the England players for not scoring, rather than praising the Italian goalkeeper for his […]

Opinion

Lies, damn lies, and statistics … never lie!

Peter Howarth

They were universally referred to, and still are, as ‘The Entertainers’. Tino Asprilla’s hat-trick against Barcelona? Magic. Peter Beardsley’s catalogue of skills? Wonderful to watch. Andy Cole’s run over a couple of seasons when he averaged a goal a game? Jaw-dropping. No matter what their local loyalty was, during this period Newcastle United was almost every fan’s favourite second team.

Opinion

Is the argument black and white – or grey?

Peter Howarth

This moral issue comes down to the age-old question of whether the end justifies the means, and there isn’t a universal answer to this question. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but the choice here is which is the lesser of two evils.

Help! Where do I go?

Peter Howarth

If you live in America, to turn the lights on you flick the light-switch up; if you live in England, you push it down. One of the first principles of ergonomics is that is you design things so that they work in the way you expect them to. This is a basic psychological, or cognitive, principle but to achieve it you first have to know what is expected. Detractors say that ergonomics is just applied common sense, and while that is a good description, it also belittles a practice that aims to provide people with what they want, need, and expect.

Howway, Give Way!

Peter Howarth

Do you know the story of the man who jumped off the top of the Empire State Building?  As he passed open windows on his way down the people in the rooms heard him saying ‘so far, so good’.  That story came to mind when I drove along the A69 and came across the ‘Give […]