What if we are all characters in a book?

22 11 2017

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Men are not so different …

19 11 2017

Yes, I know, but men are not so different. In fact in some ways they are more like the stereotypical woman than most women are!

The following is a quote from biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, author of Why We Love, that, while going against our usual sterotypical image of men rather confirms my own personal impressions and experience:

Men fall in love faster too — perhaps because they are more visual. Men experience love at first sight more regularly; and men fall in love just as often. Indeed, men are just as physiologically passionate. When my colleagues and I have scanned men’s brains (using fMRI), we have found that they show just as much activity as women in neural regions linked with feelings of intense romantic love. Interestingly, in the 2011 sample, I also found that when men fall in love, they are faster to introduce their new partner to friends and parents, more eager to kiss in public, and want to “live together” sooner. Then, when they are settled in, men have more intimate conversations with their wives than women do with their husbands—because women have many of their intimate conversations with their girlfriends. Last, men are just as likely to believe you can stay married to the same person forever (76% of both sexes). And other data show that after a break up, men are 2.5 times more likely to kill themselves.





Jo Biden hasn’t changed

30 12 2016

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Back Soon!

13 01 2016

Back with reviews very soon! Meanwhile, enjoy these –

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And think about this –

Ayaan Hirsi

 





Five Stephen Hawking quotes –

23 11 2014

Five Stephen Hawking quotes that should make us readers (and even more so you writers) think again about some of the SF we read (or write!). The first is copied below. You can find the whole article HERE.

Hawking, without his wheelchair, floating weightless in the air in zero gravity

Hawking, without his wheelchair, floating weightless in the air in zero gravity

When one of the smartest people on the planet says something, it probably pays to listen.

Stephen Hawking, the physics icon and subject of the new biopic The Theory of Everything, has said a lot over the years in lectures and books. And some of them are, frankly, terrifying.

Here are five of his wildest quotes that just might change the way you view the world. 

  1. Hawking really doesn’t want us to meet aliens, because they’d probably destroy us.

We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach,” Hawking said in a 2011 Discovery Channel special. “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

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Ah, yes …

9 12 2012

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

(W Somerset Maugham)

Perhaps not all, but certainly the vast majority.  All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air, with one enormous chair (and a pile of books!) – oh, wouldn’t it be loverly …?





P.D.James quote

24 04 2011

Very busy at the moment, but oh, I love this! – and it really reminds me of my darling grandmother!

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine  of my generation who went to war against fascism. (P.D.James)