A collection of 45 posts
Screen time, survival, and the need for human connection.
The legend of King Arthur has various versions. Here’s the story behind one of them.
On the Origin of Stories by means of Cultural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Tales in the Struggle for Retelling.
Is it an innate response, or something we learn through culture? Or, perhaps a bit of both?
From weather control to ways of living: can the architecture of a place affect the way we behave?
A gift of three lions, a polar bear in the Thames: the wild origins of the London Zoo.
When it comes to beauty and makeup, Queen Cleopatra takes the lead.
Does the iconic tea have anything to do with Grey, the Earl?
More than half the people on this planet eat rice. But do you know the process by which it’s grown?
When we waved goodbye to our life pre-COVID, did we also say goodbye to the handshake?
The princess and the force of nature — and what they have in common.
Are they really that different? It’s all about context.
Oftentimes, when a popular series is finished, the real stories have only just begun.
Newton was an alchemist. Mary Poppins may have been a witch. What are scientists today?
A tale of red orchids and butterflies, on a mountain in the heart of a city.
A brief history of how humans have tracked time
Your use of technology may be changing the way your brain works. But so is everything else.
Battle simulation, allegory, romantic pursue, and ‘the Immortal Game of 1851’.
The mythology, technology, and commercialism of our slumbers.
A poem about the Guesthouse at Ballyman
Reflections on my great-great aunt’s memoirs, family titbits, and perspectives on the coronavirus
Why are we turning out diets into personality traits?
A wander through the science and symbolism of majestic oaks, as we search for a way home to forests.
Eating more meat made us human. Now our survival demands we eat less of it.
Our incomplete education could end the world. Can the humanities save us from ourselves?