Category Archives: community

The psychological effects of inequality – Science Weekly podcast | Science | The Guardian

Working toward societies that are sustainable requires us to examine our values. That is, we must examine the stories we tell ourselves that make our worlds. I think there are two common stories that are particularly pernicious and damaging: The … Continue reading

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Prof. Michael Hartshorn RIP

I recently learned that my mentor through postgraduate study has passed away. Here is the text of a speech I recently gave telling how important he was to me. In February 1985 I flew from Hamilton where I worked as … Continue reading

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How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

I strongly encourage us all as artists. The article below explores and makes the case for encouraging teenager’s art making. Just remember making is fun too, and not just for teenagers. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/01/how-making-art-helps-teens-better-understand-their-mental-health/ https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/01/how-making-art-helps-teens-better-understand-their-mental-health/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20171105Mindshift&mc_key=00Qi000001beLUuEAM

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Love in the Scientific Literature | The Scientist Magazine®

I found this earlier; I think its a Valentine day article. The point is that, of course, we scientists love just like everyone else, and that expression finds itself in the literature. Read the article; it’s fascinating, fun and human. … Continue reading

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Science Communication: Thoughts in response to Linett et al. 2013

Science Communication: Thoughts in response to Linett et al. 2013 In 2013 a group of science communicators met at MIT in a workshop to bring together their experience in communication and to set up a research program. This was the … Continue reading

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What do Women Want? What do Men want?

A recent paper has answers. Both women and men want cuddling, romance and to enjoy expressing their sexuality. The paper, Sexual diversity in the United States : Results from a nationally representative probability study of adult women and men” was … Continue reading

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Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs | News | The Guardian

This weekend I have been contemplating a Guardian Article, “Post-Work: the radical idea of a world without jobs.” By Andy Beckett. “We believe work is the most important piece of our lives”. What rubbish! That over arching story dominates and … Continue reading

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BBC – Capital – The compelling case for working a lot less

In New Zealand we, on average, work long hours; and we have major problems with depression, anxiety and suicide. But our economists worry that we are not productive enough. The conflicting ideas and values are clear. For me, looking toward … Continue reading

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Writing for Science Workshop 2

We can always improve on something we love. The second workshop started well, again an early start and into Wellington too soon. We examined introductions, that is like a speech begin well or your reader is gone. We practised writing; … Continue reading

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Being Busy Permanently Reduces Your Capacity to Think Deeply and Creatively | Big Think

This article suggests we need to “chill out’ if we value creativity. My view is that that is correct. Too much worry and stress, too much business kills you, as a human, a member of society and as a creative … Continue reading

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