Our memory originally evolved as a survival tool. In its most biological definition, you may say that our memory has merely been there to help us learn from our past, so that we can recognize danger and avoid it in the future. Almost all species have some level of memory installed, for this purpose. But at … Continue reading About my new book, Photographic Heart
It was the century when Earth’s systems got a complete makeover. And the planet got an expiration date. It is a word that is still not recognised by the spelling thesaurus. Yet we have been living in the Anthropocene for many decades now: the geologic time period, according to the textbooks, when the planet is … Continue reading Media, Money, Machine: Tales of the Anthropocene System
If Attorney General William Barr is willing to even consider a fantasy accusation of election fraud submitted by a psychologically damaged baby having a tantrum, then America has entered an age of the most raw, blind tribalism. With 48% of Americans voting for a party that they know very well is lying to them, but … Continue reading How to Stand Up to Bullies and Defend the Truth
In her book and interviews, Trump’s niece Mary Trump talks about how Donald Trump’s narcissism is deeply rooted in an inferiority complex and childhood trauma that he has never managed to recover from. Young Donald Trump was raised by a father with zero empathy, and who used everyone in his surroundings, including his children, for … Continue reading From a psychologically damaged dictator to an “average Joe”
As I was growing up, no one ever warned me that if I walk too close to the edge of the curb on a busy road, each passing car ends up stealing away a little bit of my soul. Although there had been plenty of rumours over the years about the link between microwaves, radio … Continue reading About Cars, Consciousness and CO2
The answer does matter We may be just one of the 8 million lifeforms that have arisen on this planet, yet we are the sole one who bears 100% of the responsibility for destroying it. Faced with this grim realisation, as a biologist I have always struggled with the ethical implications: have we, humans, consciously … Continue reading THE GREAT DEBATE: Are Humans Evil or Simply Stupid?
As a former molecular biologist and microbiologist, I happen to know a thing or two about numbers, evolution, and exponential phenomena. Nature is full of the latter. I spent three years of my life growing bacteria every day, in order to study their growth rates and survival mechanisms. I experimented with different conditions, including temperature … Continue reading Are we Hostages to our Apocalypse Gene?
It is that moment in the schoolyard when the summer water play has just spun out of control. As the crowd of pupils goes into a hormone-fueled frenzy, it doesn’t matter anymore who you hit with your water pistol or water balloon. Everyone just wants to get a piece of the action. They all want … Continue reading Who can Stop the Zombie Mob?
The slaves revolt: judgement day for our modern Athenian Democracy It is a sign of humanity’s lack of intelligence that it has developed judicial systems based solely on its own survival and benefit. Our criminal, civil and international law draws up the Earth’s boundaries, helps to equitably split up marriages, and defines a million types … Continue reading A Plague on All Your Houses
10 months into the COVID-19 crisis, and all of us are feeling as if we are living inside a movie, the script of which no Hollywood director could ever have conceived. It qualifies as a “dystopia” by all accounts, and all eyes are now desperately fixed straight ahead, looking into the future with agonising expectation. … Continue reading Have We Collapsed Yet?
Join In - Or Get Out of the Way My fellow comrades-to-be. My fellow humans. My fellow victims of the pandemic. Economic casualties. Black and Brown people fed-up with the predatory White system. Climate refugees. And those of you who cannot speak, those of you who cannot hear me, or even read my words: the … Continue reading The Revolution is Coming