Category: Miscellaneous

Out of mind

In the story there will be two psychiatrists who will play a significant part but will mostly hide in the shadows with barely a mention. I’ve found various books on psychiatry that I think will help me begin to build the character of these two…

Magic Numbers #3: 10,000

I have an ambivalent relationship with Malcolm Gladwell (a relationship of which he is naturally unaware). On the one hand, I love his ability to seize on apparently insignificant details (Goliath’s myopia, varieties of spaghetti sauce, the Norden…

Do trees ever really die?

The moon has looked so gorgeous between 9:20 pm and 9:45. Each day lower and lower in the sky, as large as I can remember seeing it, at least since holidays in Cornwall one or more decades ago, the moon often smiling between the branches of ancient…

Harry Potter and the Spitting Haredim:

How religion can make us moral or submoral Note: this is a mash-up of two posts that originally appeared on livejournal.com in 2012.…

Magic Numbers #2: Dunbar's Numbar

There is a phenomenon in anthropology known as Dunbar’s number, after its creator, Robin Dunbar, who speculated that there was a correlation between neocortex size and the maximum number of regular social contacts that a primate could maintain.…