Watching the English didn't teach our friend to buy rounds, but it did teach me what nonfiction could be.
There are howls of pain all around me: on social media, in the news, on whatsApp. "I couldn't be at the funeral" "I wasn't there when she died" "We said our goodbyes over an iPad" "I had to rely on strangers to make sure the kids had food" "I couldn't sit with my son during … Continue reading To the Heroes
I have a fun freelance gig, writing up public-facing papers that have won a genomics award. Most of it is embargoed as yet, but I wanted to share something that has me shook. I get to interview some seriously fascinating researchers, many of whom are very, very generous with their time and explanations. It's thanks … Continue reading Animal Magnetism
I'm doing the desk research for the chapter on perception and attention in the forthcoming book, and I'm struck by how systematically kids' spotlight of attention narrows over the years until it matches our own, and how much I'll miss my daughter's erratic searchlight now it's starting to settle down. Writing the following kind of … Continue reading Bye Bye Extraneous Elephants
I just saw the most divine figure in a paper from 1974: In the 'swinging room' experiment, which investigates whether vision or the vestibular system is dominant in early balance, Lee and Aronson of the University of Edinburgh successfully made infants fall over 33 percent of the time. Now that's empiricism I can get behind... … Continue reading Making toddlers fall over (for science, you monster)