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

The View from a Small Island: Post II – Bias and Musicality

Post B – Bias and musicality To summarize: at this point, with only rudimentary knowledge of memory functions, I make a hypothetical leap based upon new technological (CNiFER) research.  The brain stores its memories into a network of thought.   Fearful experiences emit norepinephrine and pleasurable ones, dopamine. We like an event or we don’t  – … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Post II – Bias and Musicality

Implicit Bias in Science Explained

    "Implicit biases are associations that get activated automatically in our minds and can lead us to discriminate against people we subconsciously associate with negative traits (like aggressiveness or laziness) even though we have no conscious intention to do so." VOX. Sigal SamuelAug 28, 2019, 8:30am EDT This is well-worth a read and has … Continue reading Implicit Bias in Science Explained