Favourites List: Myths, Lies and Quackery

On the new neuro-myths, why you don’t really use only 10% of your brain, mistrusting scientists, and why it takes so much longer than recipe writers indicate to caramelise onions.

Favourites List: Distractions and Hermits edition

On the deluge of good books, movies, art, and how we deal with it; laptops in the classroom; why you should read the fine print; and on getting a taste of Per Se’s butter.

Favourites List: On Love

Of romance, brain chemistry, heartbreak, and undying adoration: advice from scientists and writers on love.

Favourites List: Back to School edition

To celebrate my impending lack of a steady income while having to take stats papers, I give you a collection of back-to-school reads.

Monsanto vs Vandana Shiva, the New Yorker edition

I didn’t actually read Michael Specter’s profile of Vandana Shiva until I saw the rebuttal she had posted on her own blog. Now, Ms Shiva is no stranger to scathing criticism, as in this article which alleges that she is “unbalanced (in both senses of the word)”. Of course, given…

Italian Ways by Tim Parks, and a bonus reading list

I bought this book based on a recommendation, and a whim. An early morning breakfast with a friend, followed by a few hours at bookstores, and I conveniently forgot the many, many books on my nightstand and splurged on it; and finished it in a day and a half.