All change

Look at the chart above, showing human population over time. Take a few seconds. Just bananas, right? Something has changed. Homo sapiens go back 300,000 years, there or thereabouts. It took us almost all of that 300,000 years to reach the first billion people. The second billion? Just 130 years. The third? 30. The fourth? …

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Sticks and stones… but words are really heavy

Like most people*, I listen to the Moral Maze, the most infuriating of all podcasts. I rarely get angry, but each and every episode makes me want to smash my phone into smithereens and sob softly into my pillow. This is why I love it. Last week's episode was particularly explosive - Religious orthodoxy versus …

A necessary evil?

Look at the picture. Vogue. Hyundai. TDK. Samsung. Coke and McDonald's of course. Think about your journey through a typical day. Billboards. TV. Podcasts. Magazines. Basically all of the internet. Each laden with marketing messages. And because I'm cheap, even this blog is flashing ads at you. Sorry about that. I'm starting to think that …

Normalised

"I, Pencil, am a complex combination of miracles" Leonard E. Read I saw a tweet today complaining that there was no snow, although snow was expected as per Michael Fish (or his modern day equivalent). Essentially, the tweeter was annoyed that we cannot predict future weather everywhere with 100% accuracy. It is amazing how easily we …