Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Not Your Tibetan Buddhism

Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

For six years they managed to elude the most powerful detectives on the planet and outrun their past across the wilds of South America.

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

If researchers can figure out how pigeons and rats evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats, it could help other beasts—including us—adapt to climate change.

The Well-educated Person

If we took Aristotle seriously we would revolutionize our educational systems to enable citizens to learn throughout life.

A Sage on the Ward

Good nurses are attuned to the lived experience of patients. Can the theory of phenomenology add more to their practice?


The past, present, and future of a misunderstood mark.

The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked

Here’s some healthy skepticism about Keto, colonics, charcoal, and more.

No. Two Words:

Drake Equation.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

What Did Monet Eat in a Day?

Monet's Table: The cooking journals of Claude Monet.

Cashing In on Climate Change

The unlikely winemaker. The private firefighter. The Canadian farmer. Who’s trying to get rich off a crisis—and who’s just lucky. That ‘unlikely winemaker’ is me.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tramp Like Us

Can an American family learn to become outdoorsy in New Zealand, where the natural world is part of the national DNA? Sort of.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Huge Decline in Songbirds Linked to Common Insecticide

Neonics—pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage—act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours.

How Spider Silk is One of the Most Versatile Materials on Earth

Spiders spin webs out of silk, but they also use their threads as slingshots, submarines, and hang-gliders.

The Way Words Mean

Words stand for things in the world, and they stand apart from it. Perhaps meaning is more sunken into words than we realise?

Hype vs. Reality at the MIT Media Lab

My old Alma Mater.

Monday, 9 September 2019


Looking at books as more than just vessels for information or entertainment.