The View from a Small Island: Ode to a Nap

On the first week of a new decade, I feel ‘a nap’ coming on. Perhaps this is driven by the weather: rainy, solid cloud cover, foggy when the drizzle lets up. In general, a stay-at-home, climb under a new (gift from grandson) soft wrap and sip hot chocolate kind-of-day. ODE TO A NAP: Back in … Continue reading The View from a Small Island: Ode to a Nap

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

A different kind of virus: Imbalance in Science

In the 27 October 2020 issue of STAT, journalist Shraddar Chakaadar highlights a problem that confronts women scientists often -- even if she, Akiko Iwasaki is the principal investigator of a major university laboratory (Yale University). "To know Iwasaki is to know that she is passionate about combatting sexism, power imbalances, and toxic behavior in … Continue reading A different kind of virus: Imbalance in Science

Diversity ‘on the outs’?

That was the week that was* . . . diversity and diversity training were thrown out with the cat... by the White House and at least within federal government organizations. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-combating-race-sex-stereotyping/?utm_source=link The White House rationale is a spin which sees the 'black & white' of an argument and not the gray (context) which surrounds it--simplicity … Continue reading Diversity ‘on the outs’?

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