January 6, 2017

Thinking is Only Thinking

Brains are not computers: they come with bodies. Whenever we think, the entire body, from head to toe, is in full activation. Check for yourself: there’s […]
January 3, 2017

Use It Or Eat It—The Hazards of Mental Immobility

The sea squirt is much beloved by neuroscientists. It has a brain, but with only 177 neurons—somewhat less than our estimated 100 billion. So it’s possible […]
December 23, 2016

Surviving TMI — the Menace of Too Much Information

The human brain famously contains some 100 billion neurons, interconnected by over a quadrillion synapses. Thought of as computing power (a fool’s errand — but that’s […]
December 10, 2016

2016 — A Crisis in Thinking?

In one way or another, we’re all dealing with the collective trauma of the US election — and when I say “all” I’m looking beyond America’s […]
November 20, 2016

In Praise of Fuzzy Goals

Goals are good, right? And SMART goals are better, of course. Or not. Beware of anything that gets repeated this often, especially when it includes the […]