All tagged Science

Human Universe by Brian Cox

Human Universe, presented by Brian Cox, reminds us that we are an insignificant speck in the universe. Rather than depress us, it should only give us the motivation to embrace higher ideals of kindness, knowledge and the power of reason. Christopher Roosen Explores.

Cholera and the Power of Data Driven Insights

In 1854, John Snow demonstrated the revolutionary power of data driven insight when trying to understand and prove the cause of Cholera. His investigation is a powerful reminder that a thoughtful exploration of data can yield confronting new insights. Insights may need powerful narratives to explain them, but without the data, they are just rhetoric. 

Knowledge Doesn’t Have A Price Tag

One of the risks of binding everything we do to a price tag is that we began to attach money to everything, including basic science. Perhaps it’s the romantic in me, but I think there are things that don’t neccesarily have an obvious or immediate financial return. We do them to understand our world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the long and expensive particle collider experiments that are trying to understand the very fabric of our universe. Deeper insight may be our ultimate reward. 

Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age

In Light: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age, historian Bruce Watson, weaves a masterful story of our changing relationship to light - from the mystical to the quantum. In the end though, it is our hunger to  understand one of the most complex aspects of our universe, that drives us forward to even stranger insights. A reminder that even the most omnipresent natural forces has many secrets yet to reveal. 

A Thinking System - Mindsets Over Processes, Activities and Tools

Creative thinking and innovation are hard and we keep looking for one discipline or one perfect process to encompass all others. History shows we are at our best when different disciplines collide with each other in a non-linear fashion. Rather than choose one discipline over another, or focusing too heavily on thinking tools, I’m in the middle of developing a flexible thinking system made up of six fundamental mindsets. Like using pieces of Lego, I’m exploring how we can use the core six mindsets to build our own custom creative thinking processes and take on any problem we face.

The Trap of Magical Thinking

If we fail to act on issues like climate change, or we put human needs always above that of the environment as a whole, or we don’t get crucial vaccinations, then we aren’t just excercising our rights to have different beliefs. We are impacting the wellbeing of those around us.