The news from Paris has horrified me on so many levels. Part of the horror flows from the way the dark side of human nature has been – once again – starkly revealed by last week’s terror attacks. If we look across the world today – and back through history – that darkness is also evident in many… More Lessons of Paris: how to use kindness to defeat humanity’s dark side
The latest wave of internet click-bait intrigues me. Apparently there are things ‘scientists’ hate because they can’t explain them. The supposition that ‘scientists’ validate themselves on complete literal knowledge and therefore ‘hate’ what they can’t explain plays on the needs of the credulous. Stupid scientists. It’s so easy to put them in their place. Quite. The reality… More You won’t believe why scientists like this post
I’m going to have to go see The Martian. Apparently they get up to one of my favourite activities – ‘sciencing the shit’ out of things. The problems involved in actually getting to Mars are so huge that we’ll have to science the shit out of them, just to reach the place. If we ever try.… More Humanity won’t ‘science the’ anything out of Mars while NASA’s plans are wrapped in corporate-speak
Last week I posted about New Zealand being a lost world of dinosaurs – as long as we think of birds as a dinosaur. Which, of course, they are. This isn’t hyperbole. Today, birds are formally part of the dinosaur clade – the greater family. Specifically, they are avian dinosaurs, whereas the ones that went extinct… More New Zealand – the lost world of the dinosaurs – part 2
If the larger dinosaurs hadn’t been extinguished some 65 million years ago, what would today look like? To me the answer is largely in my own backyard, here in New Zealand. Up until humans first landed here around 800 years ago, New Zealand was very much a ‘lost world’, a place where Jurassic forests survived, and where the classic… More New Zealand – the lost world of the dinosaurs – part 1
A week or so ago I posted on the way 1970s Brit prog rockers adapted to changing tastes in music – underscoring the fact that writers, too, should adapt inside their own field and genres. I made a couple of statements that were deliberately hyperbolic, to underscore the point. I thought they were obviously so OTT… More Hyperbole has its place. So does the Mellotron.
The revelation this week that a new species of extinct human – H. naledi – has been found in South Africa begs a whole lot of questions. For me, it also reinforces the responsibilities we have today as humans. It’s like this. Some 737 bones totalling 15 near-complete skeletons were found in what seems to be a paleolithic graveyard.… More We are the last humans. What are we going to do with that responsibility?