Category Archives: Science

Distracted? There’s an App for that…

Eric Barker writes a great blog; I’ve told three people about the thesis in this post, in the last week or so. Neuroscience increasingly suggests we’re all more a bunch of impulsive Apps than a well designed rational operating system. … Continue reading

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Think small

I’ve signed up to a terrific blog from a chap called Eric Barker from UCLA. Loads of great resources, links to thought-provoking books and simple ‘to do’ lists to do more. This week’s top tip is how to create a habit:  … Continue reading

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Gaia II – Truth and Beauty

James Lovelock ends ‘Gaia‘ with a rather profound summary:  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and … Continue reading

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Gaia 

I’m reading James Lovelock’s famous ‘Gaia’ – the first airing of the hypothesis that the planet (and not just we creatures on it) is itself a self-regulating living system. Lovelock got plenty of stick for this book. A scientist accused … Continue reading

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Joy

The rather wonderful Disney kids film ‘Inside Out’ suggests the eponymous ‘Joy’ (above) represents our original childlike state. In the film, the loss of ‘Joy’ deep into the vaults of memory is the bridge to the discovery of the more … Continue reading

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Scienceing the sh1t out of it

I met some old professional friends for an annual reunion yesterday; and was pressed (as we all were) to recount my year. This made me think.  First what did I want to say, why and to what purpose? Second, write … Continue reading

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Classical mistakes: Quantum Biology

Hard to know where to begin, but picking up a copy of this book is a good start… Very well written, pretty accessible; and utterly mind-blowing. Given recent forays into maths I just about get Erwin Schrödinger’s puzzlement in 1944 … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

Turns out Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be… Traditionally associated with wallowing in a rose or even sepia-tinted past; nostalgia has a bad reputation for losing us in misty-eyed escapism to a lost time that never really was. I’ve … Continue reading

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Optimism Epiphany

    I’ve had an epiphany. It all comes down to three Ps; and avoiding learned helplessness… First discovered in dogs and then in humans, Wikipedia takes up the strain here: Research has found that human reactions to a lack of … Continue reading

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Habit Forming

   Is the great Greek wrong on this one…  I stumbled across  an interesting article in Time – (it quoted an academic from my place of work) which suggests he might be: So what are habits, really? According to Dr. … Continue reading

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