There is a wonderful aphorism credited to Albert Einstein – ‘Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid’. He didn’t necessarily say it, but it’s something he could have said. And it sums up one of… More Failing to escape the tyranny of twentieth century thinking – the junk science of psychology
The other week the streets around Wellington began filling up with people wandering about staring at their phones. It turned out they were playing PokemonGo, which hadn’t existed the week before but by about Wednesday was being played by at least 29.6 billion people worldwide (I know what I said). I haven’t leaped on the band-wagon… More What I’ve learned about human imagination from PokemonGo
There is an old adage about letting things go; if you deserve them, they’ll come back. It’s been duly satirised. ‘If you love something, let it go. If it doesn’t come back, hunt it down and kill it’. To me that’s insightful about the human condition as the original. And the message is simple –… More The most powerful emotion humans have is…
Places I haven’t found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Behind locked gates 3. The toilet. 4. Anywhere at all because I have to get the app first. Places where people have found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Wind turbines. 3. Under a fountain in the middle of the harbour.… More The ultimate Pokémon Go list of facts
Does anybody listen to British folk-rock? Stuff that flourished, really, in the late 1960s on the back of the counter-culture and some of which floated away on a cloud of Tolkien influences into the 1970s. That wasn’t surprising. In its British incarnation the counter-culture took on overtones of ‘Merrie England’, the nineteenth century sense of… More Tolkien and folk-rock and us
The idea that humans are, in truth, psychotic apes who would brutally smash each other were it not for the thin trappings of culture has long been a sci-fi staple, and with reason. What would happen if, say, culture was suddenly stripped from a group of kids? To William Golding the answer was simple; the… More Are we just psychotic apes, or are we human?
The initial social media response to my Listener cover article was intriguing. It mostly riffed from snap judgement of the cover and headline without reading the actual content. Alas, being ignorant of what I’d said didn’t stop commenters from judging what they imagined I wrote, sight unseen. If I judge something, I have to know… More The common clay of the new social media. You know…