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2016-03-19 18:53
The apparent confusion between the reality of dreams and the reality of waking life... allows writers to use dreams to question reality without having to attempt an impossible imitation of a… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
I submitted a piece to Comment is Free at The Guardian. They didn't take it. Here it is.Into the LabyrinthThe Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges has many monsters. Among them is t… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
At a talk at the Oxford Martin School titled Artificial intelligence: examining the interface between brain and machine, I asked Anders Sandberg what role, if any, cultural products, includi… Read More
2016-03-18 19:01
Musah Muhammad lives between the dump and the stagnant lagoon. His is unequivocally the worst bit of land in Sodom and Gomorrah, a freshly reclaimed patch of silt and trash. It would likely… Read More
2015-12-24 12:05
Much but not all of what I read this year was work-related.  My recommendations are:Owning the Earth by Andro LinklaterCosmigraphics by Michael BensonThe Vital Question by Nick LaneClad… Read More
2015-12-01 22:43
...There’s an ethnography of Alaska’s Athabascan peoples, by Richard Nelson, called Make Prayers to the Raven. Its gist is that these “animist” folks don’t reve… Read More
2015-09-13 20:16
I have review essay on Alberto Manguel's Curiosity in The Guardian today. Here are some further children...     Recalling a childhood very different from Kulka's, Ann… Read More
2015-06-12 17:03
Q. What aspects of the music did not prompt a universal response? A. We looked at whether the music evoked happy/joyful or sad/scary feelings, and got a positive/negative rating. We use… Read More
2015-03-19 15:13
I have contributed a comment to the blog for the Inspired by Blake* festival in Oxford, which begins on 18 January.   This follows a post for A New Map of Wonders last month.Something t… Read More

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