A small human stands on cliff overlooking a great divide in Norway.

The look, and the social nature of knowledge

When I was growing up I was bad with context. Super bad. My young logic-oriented self just did not understand humans and their social “nuance.” I’m still trying. Perhaps I’m […]


A part of a map of relative risks of soil liquefaction due to earthquake.

Map of earthquake liquefaction risks around Victoria

My father recently sent me these amazing resources about various risks due to earthquake around Victoria. I immediately had to look at one, because the thought of the ground turning to liquid is terrifying to me…


Image of coffee beans

Coffee Roasting and popcorn lung

Turns out, coffee roasters are vulnerable to lung harming diacetyl exposure, and worker exposure to toxics is under-reported…


A brain inside a light bulb


I’ve known for a few years that my ability to “visualize” in my mind, that is, to consciously or voluntarily pull up images of people, objects, places is fairly limited.


old illustration of men standing around filling a balloon with hot air

The GI Joe Fallacy: knowing is not half the battle

When it comes to the cognitive biases that shape human and nonhuman animal behaviour, knowing about the fallacy is not always enough …


Secrets and cats

Humans think they are sneaky. But “all secrets are witnessed.” Often by cats…