Category Archives: creativity

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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How to Hack Willpower

How to Hack Willpower. I enjoyed a recent piano competition but my daughter was the only European face there. Why is this? Do New, New Zealanders have more willpower than others? Maybe they do. A recent New Scientist article ‘Yes … Continue reading

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Writing for Science Workshop 1

We can always improve on something we love. It’s a strange day when I rise at 5 (That’s normal), on the road at 6.15 (That’s strange), on a train at 7.30 (before the estimate) and in Wellington at 8.30 for … Continue reading

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Friday essay: the legend of Ishtar, first goddess of love and war

This is a fascinating account of the earliest goddess of war and love. It is also tells that the first recorded poet was a Enheduanna a priestess of the Moon God thought to have lived in Ur about 2300 BC. … 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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Lucy Hone: In defence of introverts | Stuff.co.nz

Extroversion isn’t the Holy Grail of functioning. I found this article positive and encouraging given how much I enjoy my own company. An important message to share. Being an introvert is a good thing. Its great. We need to encourage … Continue reading

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Want To Innovate? Science Says, Be Curious! | The Creativity Post

This is a BIG piece on curiosity. Give yourself 20 minutes to read this. It is worth the time. I’m serious, I’ve read this three or four times looking to summarise or paraphrase the material but there is so much … Continue reading

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Sciblogs | The Story Collider Has Been

I attended the Story Collider workshop on Thursday at Victoria University in Wellington, and I’m excited that I did. I learned heaps and it was wonderful just to sit in a room with thirty other passionate science tellers. Thanks SCANZ … Continue reading

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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. Robert MacFarlane

In my twenties is spent many happy weekends walking in a tramping club, although I consider my walking solid, it is nothing like that Robert MacFarlane has achieved. Walks across the ancient ways of England, and in Spain and Israel; … Continue reading

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What I have discovered this week: Science Writers and Magic lessons

Three times a year between terms I find myself dreaming a passion for science story telling. I love the stories, I’m a PhD in science and a teacher, but I seek to learn and do more. But, how? This week … Continue reading

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