Tagged with science

Book report #6 (2020)

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. Pub 2008 I read this book with a friend at work; he chose it as something we could each read and then talk about. I should have been wary – the last time I did this, the book was The Tipping Point, also by Malcolm Gladwell. That book was remarkable in … Continue reading

Book report #3 (2020)

Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari. Pub 2011 (English translation 2014) I chose this book after seeing it on Bill Gates’ top-ten book list, reading a bit about it, and then finding it during my January top-up splurge. I was daunted by the length of it (466 pages), and skeptical about getting through it. A previous … Continue reading

Early experiences in science

April 27th is Tell-a-Story Day. It is also what would have been my Pop’s 71st birthday. Time for another story with him. Pop did his PhD in the mid- to late-Seventies, on the topic of cocaine. Specifically, the study looked at the effects of coca leaf extracts on the physiology of rats, as a way to understand … Continue reading

Vax On

Lately I’ve been poking the vaccination debate beehive on social media sites. Mostly, this comes from my own auto-response to reading non-scientific nonsense – it bugs me when I read or hear someone basing the argument for their irresponsible behaviour on bad science, conspiracy theory or freedom of choice. Why is it that we allow … Continue reading