Tag Archives: brain/consciousness


I passed the 11+! I liked doing puzzles (intelligence tests.) I had (note the past tense) a good memory and liked writing essays. All that spelled academic success back in the 50s. I taught in secondary schools in the 60s. … Continue reading

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If we are human, we sing.

I am always fascinated with musing about human origins- think of it as Deep Genealogy.The World in Six Songs delves back into brain studies, chemical activity, DNA and all that good stuff to explore the universality and early origin of … Continue reading

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I love the way Science Fiction can make us imagine different ways of being, in different worlds, for example, Ursula Le Guin’s world where people are either male or female at different times, and sexually undifferentiated and uninterested in between. … Continue reading

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“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”

In a month filled with news stories of people in The U.S denied Life and knowing of the proportion of the U.S population denied Liberty, I do wonder whether The Pursuit of Happiness should be granted the same level of … Continue reading

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Do Androids Dream …

..of electric sheep, or of anything else. We learn that the androids In Philip K Dick’s novel are always full grown, with imprinted memories. We humans, on the other hand have to learn to piece together the world around us … Continue reading

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You only have one brain!

Treasure it! On a library shelf labelled “Recommended by Staff” was Musicology, by Oliver Sacks. I have two professionally trained musicians in the family, and I saw an author I enjoy- so I had to borrow it. Oliver Sacks, though, … Continue reading

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What does a “person” look like?

Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi. A world where genetic engineering has spilled out of control, and the companies that produce and market foods are trying to stay one step ahead of the next mutated disease of plant or people.Into this … Continue reading

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