The View from a Small Island: Octopod Sailors – the life of Argonauts

"I don't know. It is a mystery..." to quote the pharmacist in the 1998 film hit "Shakespeare in Love'. And so it has been a mystery with the life of Argonauts in their pelagic zone since the days of Aristotle around 300 BC. I discovered the life of Argonauts in early 2020 when a 'just-turned-five' … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Octopod Sailors – the life of Argonauts

The View from a Small Island: Policing in the U.S.A (2020)

In the recent spate of violent conflicts , an epidemic of civilian deaths at the hands of police forces has erupted across U.S. cities in 2020. Then compounded by angry violent ideological extremists, I felt as though I was limping through a continuing nightmare. Unable to overlook these frightening events and feeling a responsibility to … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Policing in the U.S.A (2020)

The View from a Small Island: The Awe of It

"Awe is a 'physiological reaction that seems to override my brain.' (Constance Grady (VOX.com) January 10, 2019 The excitement or anxiety of the November 3rd election has faded—somewhat. By the 15th of the month worries have moved onto the raging pandemic now sweeping the country including our beautiful coastline. Health authorities here are exclaiming ‘exponential’ … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: The Awe of It

The View from a small island: Pandemic of Fear. Stress, Snake-oil or Counseling

“Pandemic data are like the light of distant stars, recording past events instead of present ones.’                                                 Ed Yong, The Atlantic, September 9, 2020 Coping, accusations, impatience, to mask or not to mask, bleach remedy, Princess Bride and a certified young man at 51.  I am reminded this week I have a hot temper—like an … Continue reading The View from a small island: Pandemic of Fear. Stress, Snake-oil or Counseling

The View from a Small Island: Bias–Post III: The Human Imperfections

The mind is the brain at work and culture is the creation of manifold individual minds composing a civilization where the legacy is handed on from one generation to the next.             Charles Gillespie 1998 A quick review: in Post I and II I present a new look at implicit Bias. I argue for a … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Bias–Post III: The Human Imperfections