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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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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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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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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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Get a better life: say NO.

This article is a useful counter balance to the “self help myth”. I am clear, one day I will go into my doctor’s office and I will leave a dead man.  That is life, one day I will die.   What … Continue reading

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What Does the World Oldest Surviving Piano Sound Like?: Watch Pianist Give a Performance on a 1720 Cristofori Piano | Open Culture

I cannot imagine the world without a piano.  So many hours listening to Sarah, my daughter, learn and play this amazing and expressive instrument. (Sarah has played on the Red Piano, pictured, when it was at Te Manawa, here in … Continue reading

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Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

It is summer here in New Zealand.  And many of us are on our holiday.  We are getting outside, walking the dog and generally relaxing.  Walking, tramping is mind improving. Get off your computer, go for a walk. While it … Continue reading

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This Is What An Ancient Egyptian Woman Looked LIke

This is interesting.  A mummies head was scanned and her features reconstructed.  A fascinating project for the students and scientists involved and great to read.  Additionally, she was anaemic probably because of parasites. Using the latest technology and hours of … Continue reading

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Demi Lovato Expertly Slams The Shame Surrounding Mental Illness | The Huffington Post

Let us remember and support the 20% of those struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental illness. Demi Lovato says, ““If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well,” … Continue reading

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