At present I’m reading Birlinn’s new publication, The Seven Wonders of Scotland, by Gerry Hassan, with a review of this stimulating and thought-provoking book to appear on this site sometime soon, I promise. I mention this reading, as Hassan’s introduction to the book has been very much in mind over the last few days. So, today, Hassan’s introductory thoughts on ‘Scotland’s Stories: A Nation of Imaginations’ were accompanying me to the Holyrood Conference on Higher Education in Scotland, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Early billing had the event committed to addressing Higher Education in an independent Scotland: come the day, with the panel session finale, we did, in the end, get close to the big elephant. Here we were treated to five MSPs each giving five…