I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here four and a half years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world, but now I am preparing to head back to the UK where I will be retraining as a designer.
This blog used to just be for opinionated rambling. Now it is for updates as I pay forward people's support for my attempts to retrain with random acts of kindness... and indulge in opinionated rambling.
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Category Archives: Psychology
I just watched this TED talk (at the bottom) and was almost moved to tears. If I had been in the audience, I too would have been on my feet at the end. My bearhunt is moving on. The bit … Continue reading
My creative process has four distinct emotional stages: 1. Mind numbing dread and emptiness because I have no inspiration. None. None at all. 2. Excitement and glee as the germ of an idea appears and then sprouts. 3. Crushing dispair as … Continue reading
*they’d better be pretty bloody talented though! Look! A new blog post! Crickey, that’s been a while then… The last 9 months has been a real whirlwind roller-coaster (is that possible?). It contained some of the lowest lows of my … Continue reading
The Government’s website factsonfees needs to be more widely known about. It busts some prevalent myths and makes it clear that, for the vast majority of people, the new system about which we are all so upset is actually better … Continue reading
Our esteemed Prime Minister has said: It is absolutely clear that Raoul Moat was a callous murderer, full stop, end of story. I cannot understand any wave, however small, of public sympathy for this man. There should be sympathy for … Continue reading
Some days the news seems to come at you in a solid wall of sickening tales of human behaviour. I don’t believe in evil, although I do believe in evil acts. I don’t believe a fully-functioning and mentally sound human-being … Continue reading
It is well known amongst psychologists that human beings are inordinately and irrationally fond of their own ideas, even after they have been roundly disproved. It’s at its most ugly in global warming and other debates where denialists are to … Continue reading
I just watched the passing of the American healthcare reform bill live on C-Span. As a Brit living in Japan, it couldn’t really have less of an impact on me and yet I have found the whole process endlessly fascinating … Continue reading
Scientists live in a topsy turvy world of theory, doubt and questioning. We learn to observe evidence and seek it out through careful experimentation. We take our observations and, with meticulous care, we weave each new strand of information into … Continue reading