The View from a Small Island: Update to our earlier post on Policing in U.S.

“Winning a conviction against a police officer rarely happens.” (highlights from National Public Radio’s All Things Considered) This week the trial of Derek Chauvin began and NPR’ All Things Considered ran a brief commentary which attempts to clarify issues but fails to fully explore and explain why convictions are so rare. The topic is too … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Update to our earlier post on Policing in U.S.

The View from a Small Island: What We Learned from a Pandemic and Political Upheaval

I was laid low by the second shot of the Moderna vaccine.  With a sore arm and flu-like symptoms, while sleeping the better part of three days, I lost interest in food or friends—I could not stay awake. Moderna vaccine, while protecting me from Covid 19 closed the door to my usual ‘I live to … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: What We Learned from a Pandemic and Political Upheaval

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 CRISPR Nobel

In the excitement of the 2020 Nobel prizes in chemistry,  “for the development of a method for genome editing”, I became aware that I knew very little about Nobel prizes of past years. Yes, I knew that women are only infrequently awarded the Prize--so infrequently that of the 916 winners, only 56 have been women … Continue reading The CRISPR Nobel

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