Monthly Archives: November 2016

Non-fiction Review: Headhunters by Ben Shepherd

In April 1898, Alfred Haddon led his expedition off the Duke of Westminster steamer on to Thursday Island, in the Torres Straits archipelago between Australia and New Guinea. They carried the latest tools for assessing psychology and perception, and the

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Under the Hooked Cross – 13: Harvest

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The image on the screen was in colour and good quality, but it still took Silversmith a moment to recognise the naked figure as a human

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Listen

I stand. I look up. I see a patchwork of speckles on the ceiling of my world. Stars between branches. The forest gobbles their morsels of light, sparing none for me. Darkness engulfs me. I listen. I fill my world

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Inspirations: The psychology of a city under fire

9/11 and the Blitz both showed the fortitude of civilian populations under attack. Both contradicted assumptions that attacks would lead to mass panic. Behaviourist Solly Zuckerman documented civilian resilience during the Hull Blitz. Zuckerman’s work gives a more realistic picture

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Under the Hooked Cross – 12: Pluto

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Silversmith felt slightly sick when he pulled himself into the communications pod, and it wasn’t the microgravity. He had the feeling that what he was about to

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Seminar Awesome

My life began with his life coaching seminar. Twenty minutes in, I knew he was changing my life. When it finished, I went straight out and bought his book. I got it here. You should get it yourself, but don’t

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Greater Minds: How Isaac Asimov designed a brainstorm

Isaac Asimov described a process for generating original ideas for his friend, Arthur Obermayer. An idea generator must understand their field, make connections and be resistant to criticism. He suggested ideas would come from small groups in which some foolishness

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Under the Hooked Cross – 11: Friends

Previous instalments: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 And what exactly was he going to do if Henkel cracked, he asked himself? He shuddered as he remembered the Polish cleaner in Peenemünde. “From some friends,” she’d

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Special Relativity

I’m trying to learn how I journey in the world, and how the world journeys in the universe. I always understood the where. It’s the how I’m trying to get my thick head around. When all I knew was Newton’s

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Fiction Review: Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

It starts when the death of Eunice Akinya, matriarch of a powerful family. It takes us to the moon, to Mars and to the outer reaches of the solar system. At the same time, it tells the personal stories of

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