A few weeks ago, I woke up at 3am, for no particular reason, and lay in my bed listening to the city sleeping. My middle-class street in Tufnell Park was placid and at rest. Then I heard a woman sobbing, as she walked down the street. It was such a strange, piercing sound:  in the Read more…

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The New York Review of Books has a good article in the last issue about the financial ties between US academic psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry, and the misinformation, bad research and lies that are propagated as a consequence of these ties. It points out: Of the 170 contributors to the most recent edition of Read more…

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The best way to understand the present is to read science fiction. Only sci-fi writers are dreaming far enough into the future to tell us where we are in the present. The news increasingly reads like science fiction. In South Korea, a company called RNL Bio received the first-ever commercial order for cloning. An American Read more…

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I’ve just finished reading Philip K Dick’s masterpiece, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Such a beautiful work. I find myself getting more and more into science fiction, because, as I’ve said before, we are increasingly living in a world where ethics and technology are mixing in strange ways that only sci-fi writers have really Read more…

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