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Awe

T.S. Eliot wrote in ‘The Cultivation of Christmas Trees’ that Christmas is a time for children to accumulate a sense of wonder. The emotion of awe – which I mentioned briefly in my last post – is garnering more interest among scientists as … Continue reading

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Stories and Multiple Truths

Cafe Scheherazade by Arnold Zable The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall We’re living in a post-truth world, so we are told over and over by the media, but my own leitmotif this year has been the idea of multiple truths – two … Continue reading

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Birds on the Wires

I saw this today on IFLS. A man cut out a photo of birds sitting on wires, imagined them as notes on a stave, and orchestrated the piece of music they unwittingly created. Isn’t it beautiful? The world is so … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Sam Harris

I recently started reading Sam Harris’s blog. I haven’t read any of his books, admittedly, although Mum has and liked them a lot (and I normally agree with her taste in books). Today I sent him a letter, more like … Continue reading

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Our Obsession with Gender Stereotypes

Why are we so obsessed with claiming “biological” differences between men and women? I get so grumpy and tired talking about this topic, but I’m going to suck it up and deal with it for this post. Another book has … Continue reading

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Learning Languages

I have taken up Japanese lessons. They take place in a tiny classroom, just the three of us students and one very sweet teacher. Everything, except the odd word, is in Japanese, which is how I like language lessons to … Continue reading

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Oxford

I made it to Oxford. I lived in that beautiful city for a year, and only recently came home. After years of dreaming, I finally made it. It was full of imperfections, of course, like anything real. There were things … Continue reading

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