Category Archives: education

“If you want to be awe inspired..” (Christopher Hitchens)

Thoughts to think about on a winters day. Begin with wonder Transcript of Hitchens “If you want to be awe inspired, ladies and gentlemen; let me say, let me just tell you that those of us who do not believe … Continue reading

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5-Ways to be Optimistic about the future (at any age ) Mentemia

From Mentemia this morning. I really need this today. 1) Practice Gratitude every day.2) Write a new to-do-list: Fun things to do over the next six months to year.3) Know you have the power to change. Focus on small steps … Continue reading

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12 Questions to help you feel more grateful (Mentemia)

The Mentemia app has been a great help over the last two months. I recommend it to you. This is an exercise I was encouraged to complete last Tuesday. 1) What about today has improved on yesterday? Or the week … Continue reading

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Just a reminder – we’re in the ‘We Overreacted!’ phase on lockdown : newzealand

I remember the day we  went into lockdown. I was terrified. We had seen what happened in China, Italy, the United Kingdom and I understand exponential growth. I continued to listen to the daily infection reports and up they went. … Continue reading

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Day 17 into New Zealand’s COVID-19 Lockdown

Here in New Zealand we went into lockdown quickly. That was a shock. Monday I drove the car to work instead of my bike thinking to bring a fan I used through the summer heat back home for winter. But … Continue reading

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You can’t fight feelings with facts: start with a chat

Ask me about evolution. The biologist wore a sandwich board, “Ask me about evolution”,  to the Minnesota State Fair, and chatted to people. (Remember this will return. Times of challenge don’t last.) Here’s what happened. The most difficult thing was … Continue reading

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Elemental haiku

This is super cool. via Elemental haiku

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Social tipping dynamics for stabilizing Earth’s climate by 2050 | PNAS

In my 60 years of life the government here in New Zealand has run drink-drive advertisements to discourage drinking and driving. But we still have those ads.  That’s how difficult changing minds is. On the other hand, we do change: … Continue reading

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Beyond Science and Technology: Creating Planetary Health Needs Not Just ‘Head Stuff’, but Social Engagement and ‘Heart, Gut and Spirit’ Stuff

I am often frustrated because environmental authors, journalists and media speak problems not solutions. This paper’s author avoids that trap, he introduces the problems; that’s the “Head Stuff”and then solutions: that’s the “Heart, gut and spirit stuff’. I’m not interested … Continue reading

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Art Matters podcast: the Vagina Museum and vulvas in art | Art UK

I keep returning to this point. The more sexuality knowledge we have, the more pleasure, and the fewer children we have. Sustainability and beauty are directly linked to education, especially sex education. And we enjoy sex. This podcast and article … Continue reading

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