Month: November 2008

  • Profit without Honour

    There an excellent review by Adam Mars-Jones of the latest pile of Paulo Coelho in an old Observer. There aren’t many authors more despicable than Jeffery Archer, who has at least written two half-decent books and is not fooling anyone. Paulo Coelho is a worse writer and a more loathesome creature, a prideful and avaricious…

  • Experimental philosophy?

    I don’t really like philosophers.. but if they are going to start conducting experiments I am all for it. [video:youtube:sHoyMfHudaE]

  • TEST CARD

    As you may have noticed I’ve upgraded the blog software to give me all the lovely goodness of b2evolution 2.4.2 .. It has meant that I’ve lost some of my layouts but happily I didn’t lose any of the content. But apologies if it did anything strange to your RSS feeds. Expect to see more…

  • colourful character

    For the last four months I have had turquoise coloured hair. It’s purely a vanity thing, this turns out to suit me very well and I now have a rule that for each compliment I get I can keep it for another week.. which has for the last four months worked to keep it turquoise..…

  • The genesis of ‘gene’

    Chance in the house of fate (A natural history of heredity) by Jennifer G. Ackerman (Bloomsbury, 2001) is a slightly frustrating popular science book. As you might infer from the title, the author is rather prone to purple prose. She much prefers to let the cool facts she finds flutter around willy-nilly like so many…

  • Brainiacs live long and prosper..

    This week’s Nature contains an essay by Ian Deary on the well-established but somewhat mysterious finding that intelligent people live longer. He cites one particular study of approx 1 million men who completed national service in Sweden. They were followed for 20 years and intelligence/IQ predicted mortality better than body mass, cholesterol or blood pressure.…

  • The Zen Cocktail

    three years ago i made the new year’s resolution never to drink the same drink twice in one day. That year I kept my resolution religiously and i enjoyed it so much that the next year I carried on in the vein.. but treating the idea more as a guideline than a law. by this,…

  • Thesis finally finished.

    Here’s how it begins.. Rules and Similarity in the Development of Category Learning in Children and Infants The Purist I give you now Professor Twist, A conscientious scientist, Trustees exclaimed, “He never bungles!” And sent him off to distant jungles. Camped on a tropic riverside, One day he missed his loving bride. She had, the…

  • Francis Bacon says “Be the bee..”

    The nature/nuture or Rationalist/Empricist debate has been going on a long time. This is kind of strange considering almost everyone who addresses always says that personally they think it’s a little from column A and a little from column B. Not like their opponents in the other camp who are clearly all about column A…