Genetic discrimination

‘Sapiens, a brief history of mankind’ is such an interesting book. I have just finished listening to Yuval Noah Harari’s work, through an audiobook on my longer driving journeys. It has made me think very hard about what it means to be human and has challenged a lot of my assumptions. I plan to listen … Continue reading Genetic discrimination

In pursuit of perfection

Every time I turn on the television or pick up a magazine I am bombarded with images of perfect people. They live in perfect houses, with their perfect families and perfect teeth. It is clear what they are saying. You are not good enough. Only perfection is acceptable. Whole industries have developed on the back … Continue reading In pursuit of perfection

I see dead people

This is going to be my last of my Thinking Digital Stories for 2018, that is unless I come up with some more bright ideas. I am going to go back to the fascinating Moon Ribas, who is using sensors embedded in her body to extend her experience. She is pushing back our understanding of … Continue reading I see dead people

Cyborg artistry

Once again Thinking Digital has surpassed my expectations. Herb and his team do such a great job in bringing together a range of speakers that entertain and enlighten us. It is the mixture of art and technology that makes it such a good event. In past years I have left with a feeling of inadequacy … Continue reading Cyborg artistry

Emotions

I have always wondered why emotions have developed in humans. What was the evolutionary advantage offered that has allowed them to appear and develop over the millennia? These are the kinds of questions that have occupied my mind even before I ended up studying Zoology at university. Now I think I have at least an … Continue reading Emotions

An expert

According to David Clutterbuck , co-founder  of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, ‘An expert is someone whose existing knowledge hinders their new learning.’ Hearing this takes me right back to my University days when learning about evolution. During that time I realised that specialisation is the last stage before extinction. In the animal kingdom, … Continue reading An expert

Evolving people

Early human remains have been discovered in Europe dating back to over seven million years.  This may be stretching a point.  They are the remains of an ape-like creature with human-like teeth found in both Bulgaria and Greece yet the inference is enormous.  This discovery turns our current thinking of human evolution on its head. … Continue reading Evolving people