Category Archives: books

The Mother of all questions: Rebecca Solnit

Early in this collection of essays essayist Rebecca Solnit tells a story.  She was just off a plane, interviewed on television during a book tour.  Her interviewer, a man obsessed with her lack of children.  As she puts it, “Instead … Continue reading

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The Heroism of Being a Contrarian: Jacob Bronowski on the Essential Character Trait of the Creative Person – Brain Pickings

Jacob Bronowski is a hero of mine for his Ascent of Man television series.  He is one of the most democratic and broad thinkers I have read.  This article challenges me as I am too relaxed and not contrarian to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Age of Wonder Richard Holmes

The age of wonder: How the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science. Richard Holmes 2008. Pantheon Books, New York. This is a different direction for me. Biography is outside my normal reading and as such a possibility … Continue reading

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Beauty has a dark side: Morbid curiosity explained — ScienceDaily

Everyone loves a good train wreak.  Eric G. Watson. This book, which I have not read looks fascinating; now on my reading list. I  view curiosity as one of my most important motivators.  Why else would I spend so much … Continue reading

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Can scientists agree on a definition of curiosity? — ScienceDaily

What a find for a Sunday afternoon.  Curiosity is one of my most important drivers.  Ultimately I earned my science degrees because I was curious and because learning is fun.  And clearly humans are successful, to a degree, because we … Continue reading

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Book Review. Be a Changemaker: How to make something that matters. Laurie Ann Thompson

Be a Changemaker: How to make something that matters. Laurie Ann Thompson (2014). Simon Pulse: New York. This book is a primer for (social) entrepreneurs. Writing for a teen aged audience Laurie outlines the essential steps for someone seeking to … Continue reading

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Going for a run could improve cramming for exams — ScienceDaily

Here in New Zealand it is time for exams with both senior high school and tertiary students studying for exams over the next few weeks. There is no doubt in my mind that exercise helps me to relax and perform … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Girlboss: Elena Favilli, co-creator of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Timbuktu Labs — #girlboss

I am looking forward to receiving my copy of “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls”.  It has been published and will be on the way soon.  Here is the story of the woman behind the book. I have to add this … Continue reading

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Everything you wanted to know about your body (but were afraid to ask)

This is from New Scientist, a list of answers to questions about your body.  It is good fun and I learned stuff.  Please enjoy. Why does loud noise hurt? Do you lose weight if you break wind while on the … Continue reading

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Healthy Skepticism: A Survival Trait

I encourage everyone to question, it is an essential survival trait.  Our species is successful because we are curious.  Currently we are encouraged to ask questions but only in a constrained context as defined within a school curriculum and toward … Continue reading

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