Monthly Archives: March 2012

Anthropocene Thinking: Daniel Goleman (1946-) EDGE Essay

It is hard to select from the gems in the latest EDGE essay collection ‘This Will Make You Smarter‘ edited by John Brockman but this article is I think another very important one. It is by Daniel Goleman known for … Continue reading

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Big History: The History of the Universe in Under 18 minutes….David Christian at TED

Want to know about the history of the universe in under 18 minutes? There is a marvelous movement afoot world wide: to teach ‘Big History’, the history of the 13.7 billion years of the universe, to high school students around … Continue reading

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Bilingual is Better: Internal Conflict Between Two Languages is Potentially Creative

Great piece in today’s New York Times on why bilingual speakers are smarter, by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. It suggests that the sort of stereoscopy behind the Creative Conflict Model of this blog, seeing things from two different viewpoints provided by two different … Continue reading

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New Zealand Second World War Deaths

 I am getting a steady stream of hits on this blog from New Zealand, and I thought I would simply note that New Zealand’s 11,929 war dead of the Second World War might be dwarfed by the numbers killed in … Continue reading

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Howard Hodgkin (1932-): The Conflict Art of Re-Framing

I have always loved the art of Howard Hodgkin since my second cousin Stephen suggested I go see Howard’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London in the early 1990s. It blew me away. I felt that each painting I … Continue reading

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Uncertainty by Professor Lawrence Krauss: EDGE Question

The latest collection of essays, ‘This Will Make You Smarter’, edited by John Brockman,  in answer to the annual EDGE question,  ‘What scientific concept would improve everyone’s cognitive toolkit‘, is jam packed with great pieces. I thought this one, from cosmologist … Continue reading

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Research Perhaps According to Albert Einstein

‘If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research’ Albert Einstein Footnote: Whenever I post something attributed to Albert, someone tells me he didn’t say it. Fine, but I bet he would, if he had heard it, wish … Continue reading

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