January 18, 2006

Natural religion

Child psychology seems to indicate that religion, rather than being a corruption of rationality, springs from the same source.

August 30, 2005

The most wonderful organ

I used to think the brain was the most wonderful organ in the body. Then I realized who was telling me this.[thanks to Johnnie, Chris but ultimately Emo Philips]...

August 17, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #2

(Following on a little tardily from May's notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 "Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized...

June 16, 2005

Media Mental Sets

Have just discovered John Suler's blog "The Psychology of Cyberspace", and it's shaping up to be a corker. He's got a wonderful entry on what he calls Media Mental Sets.Traditionally, in psychology, "mental set" refers to a fixed pattern of...

May 17, 2005

Novelty, Chewing Gum and Saturation Points

Heston Blumenthal is an award-winning chef who is pioneering a more scientific approach to food. Egg and bacon ice-cream, liquorice pasta all sound disgusting, but he seems to be able to trick the brain into thinking they're nice. Certainly his...

May 4, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #1

This post is the first in a series of notes on Walter Ong's book Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. The book, so far, is a corker, and looks to have significant implications for any discussion of "markets...

April 22, 2005

Diversity and Problem Solving

On our naturally under-performing in groups

January 17, 2005

How well can you concentrate?

On a bizarre experiment on concentration and why it might mean there is no perception without attention

December 17, 2004

Grounding and mental maps

On a designer's approach to overcoming grounding

October 5, 2004

The Rules of the Love Doctor

On Maths, Sex and how their relationship might apply to social software.

April 2, 2004

Signals, Noise & Blogs

On information overload vs cognitive overload

March 31, 2004

The Science of Flow

On the knowing when a challenge brings out the best in your brain

March 4, 2004

The Kerry Cascade

On saying so because everyone else does

February 26, 2004

Write like you speak

On how we use different parts of our brains for writing and for speaking, and what that might mean for blogs as conversations.

February 11, 2004

Excuse Me, Admiral

On new research has shown that multi-tasking is counterproductive

February 9, 2004

Kirsh & Cognitive Overload

On cognitive overload as opposed to information overload, and some related thoughts

February 2, 2004

Human View of Knowledge

On our temperaments defining our views of knowledge

January 30, 2004


On gossip, communication problems, and the rule of meaningful chit chat.

January 14, 2004

The Making of Memory: Chapter 4 Notes - PT II

On the 3 types of scientific metaphor, and the grim ascendancy of maths over biology.

More metaphors, same brain

On metaphors for the brain

December 9, 2003

Making of Memory (4)

On memory, metaphors, and a little bit of heresy

December 3, 2003

Making of Memory (1-3)

On Steven Rose book, chapters one, two and three.

Hare Brain Tortoise Mind

On showers, staring out of the window, and different ways of having ideas.

November 27, 2003

Real Live Memes

Link to some homebrew research on meme propagation.