Check out this great article by John Brockman, editor of Edge magazine (which is the best ideas publication out there, to my mind)…OK, it’s a bit of a pretentious opening…in fact, could you imagine a more pretentious opening…but still, some interesting thoughts in this article. At a dinner in the mid-sixties, the composer John Cage Read more…

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…in no particular order. 1) Am reading Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene. If the closest parallel for what the UK will be like in an era of climate change and scarcity is war-time London, then I figure we should all be reading Greene, particularly Brighton Rock and The Third Man. Why? Because an era of Read more…

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I’ve been reading Conversations on Consciousness, by Susan Blackmore. An excellent book, in which Blackmore interviews the leading thinkers in the consciousness movement – philosophers, neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists. Reading it, you can’t help but think that Philip K. Dick is, as I’ve said before, the great prophetic voice of the issues of technology and identity Read more…

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Good to see that NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, has published new guidelines saying UK doctors should only prescribe ritalin for children with ADHD (attention deficit disorder) if absolutely necessary. I’m rather dubious about the huge rise of diagnoses in ADHD in the US and UK that we’ve seen over the 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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