I’ve had a lifelong patchiness in my relationship to science fiction. In the up part of the cycle, I devour it and read—or watch—little else. Once I discovered Frank Herbert’s Dune saga novels, with their giant, spice-protecting sandworms in the deserts of Arrakis and all else, I had to read them all, and did so [...]
You don’t have to spend much time googling or digging—or doing that old-fashioned thing: reading a book—these days to realize that the brain is often up to its usual tricks when the subject is neuroscientific research.
That is, the brain is simply going about its business. Sometimes, it lights up like a Christmas tree on the [...]
About Twitter: some can and some can’t. Those who can, in some fashion or another, have been doing it all along, because, at its most basic, tweeting is gossiping. Those who can’t do it well simply won’t, at least for long. According to the Nielson Company, that includes about 60 percent of those who at [...]
In the early 1990s, we traveled around Europe together for several weeks. Mostly by train, a few times by car, as we produced business seminars. He was a brainy, ambitious, sparely worded chap. A sly sense of humor: dry, cowboy-ish. Very good English, too, polished during an extended sojourn in America—he once addressed the downtown [...]
Trust is a precious metal in my periodic table of people qualities, although I tend toward optimism that it can be justified. As readers of Dr. Paul Kordis’ and my book, Strategy of the Dolphin, know, it is a worldview thing with me. Evil, stupidity and blind belief show up much too often to treat [...]
All I did was ask Google Alerts to tell me for a couple of weeks every time the words “creativity,” “creative problem-solving” and “innovation” appeared in something new on the Internet. Before long, my e-mail box runneth over.
The intent was simple. I wanted to see if there was anything new under the sun being said [...]
Not long ago, on a Sunday afternoon drive, the wife and I rounded a bend in the road near the hamlet of Cross Creek, Florida, and abruptly found ourselves staring at the “cracker”-styled farmhouse where the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, The Yearling, was written.
A few minutes later, we were viewing the battered upright typewriter the novel had [...]
I have come not to bury the Chinese brain but to praise it. And to warn neuroscientists, particularly in the West, that they need to devote substantial resources to studying it, and do so urgently. There are bigger issues afoot than simply what we can learn by turning our fMRI beams on the brain tissue [...]
Today’s commentary was prompted by listening to one mother’s frustration with a precocious, hyperactive six-year-old. Among other things, she says, “He never quits asking questions.” He also seems to be an extremely healthy demonstration of what chaos scientists call “self-organized criticality,” about which I’ll say more in detail later.
In general terms, this kid’s brain cycles [...]
A few weeks ago, I occasioned to wonder what the ghost of Richard Buckminster Fuller is doing these days. I am now ready to report.
For my younger readers, I may need to explain exactly who Bucky Fuller was. I wish I could. I’ve never really understood exactly who—or what—he was. If you believe in reincarnation, [...]