Where does this so-called “wùmái” (雾霾) come from? Is the air any better or worse this year than last? It doesn’t seem too different to me, but in any case, the media won’t help you much to get an answer to that question. Continue reading
What happens to a person when he ceases to care about his or her fate? What happens to groups? In his book Descartes’ Error, Antonio Damásio makes a strong case that emotions are the mechanism which helps translate the survival urge into good decision-making. Without them, chaos results. Continue reading
As Carl Jung rightly pointed out, many a mother with multiple children can tell you that each one had its own particular “character” from very early on. This is because all humans – and probably all mammals as well, for … Continue reading
It would seem that “memory” takes quite some time to warm to its task. Why is this? Is it perhaps because the mind must first build categories – file folders as it were – in which to store these memories?
An intriguing side benefit of all the money printing has been a decided shift in focus to white-collar crime. Bicycles and umbrellas are now safe! Continue reading
The “entrance exams” for government jobs are packed. Private sector industry is actually losing highly paid skilled staff to government. Once again for the first time in living memory. It seems that given the choice between perceived security without meaning and meaning without perceived security, in many circles meaning doesn’t fare too well. Continue reading