Monthly Archives: September 2016

Curiosity is critical to academic performance

My fundamental drive has been “curiosity”.  The urge to explore ideas, particularly in the environmental field.  But as a teacher, I am continually aware that my motivations are not normal.  At least with my students, the urge to explore is … Continue reading

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This is a 3D model of a clitoris – and the start of a sexual revolution | Minna Salami | Opinion | The Guardian

Sustainability and Beauty. One of the directions to move in is to more equal relationships between adults.  What is more,   knowledge builds sensuality trust and relationships.  And, access to accurate information and contraception and sex aids, paradoxically, leads to less … Continue reading

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The Best of Brain Pickings 2012 | Brain Pickings

It is Friday and we all need a pickup.  Here is a library of ideas to motivate and call us to action. Kia Toa Kia Ngakaunui The Best of Brain Pickings 2012 | Brain Pickings.  

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What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions | Brain Pickings

I am trained as a scientist.  Before I was a teacher I was a research chemist. This post from Brain Pickings is an old favourite of mine.  In it, hear  the voices of influential scientists; expressing their views of what … Continue reading

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The 1000th Post On How To Find Your Passion In Life

Not my 1000th post; I have only a little over 200. This is a rather unusual post from a James Altucher.  I have no what he normally writes about; however,  from what I can see here, it is about innovation … Continue reading

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The Crossroads of Should and Must — Medium

This is worth reading.  The essay  linked to is a thoughtful on exploring the difference between should and must.  A great beginning for a new week. My position is that I “must” write about science, beauty and sustainability; I feel … Continue reading

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Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’ – ThinkProgress

Over the last year I am finding more and more articles that make this point. Solar is becoming cheap!  Good news! Source: Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’ – ThinkProgress

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Chocolate Can Make You Smarter, Proves a 40-year Study – The Minds Journal

A surprising result suggests that chocolate benefits brain function; although the authors are not sure why.  The abstract from the journal pretty much confirms the headline.  What I find surprising is that the health (Clearly negative)  effects of the sugar … Continue reading

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

In my view, this set of thinking tools has transformed our world from one that was; the small, dark, violent and horrible one  the medieval time to a world that is; the complex, delightful and challenging world we life in … Continue reading

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Nature Therapy

We evolved in natural surroundings.   Today, we live stressed, harried lives in urban surroundings.  This is an important reason why we suffer anxiety and depression. The attached article shows that time spent walking in nature can relax us, with … Continue reading

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