Humanity – we’re doing alright. In fact, we’re probably doing better than alright. We’ve been around awhile and, generally, our existence has not been too much in doubt. This is because, over the years, thousands of years, we have put ourselves in a strong evolutionary position. As a species, at some point in our development … Continue reading Human Evolution – Past Success; Future Uncertainty.
Over the last few years there has been a trend to give people fancier job titles. The job role will not have changed, merely the title of the job. Sales people have become Sales Executives. Cleaners have become Cleaning Operatives. Receptionists have become Front Desk Executives. Sandwich makers have become Sandwich Artists. The reasoning behind … Continue reading What’s in a Job Title?
Until very recently it was thought that smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor lifestyle were the main causes for people to develop a heart condition. It turns out that they are merely contributory factors. The main trigger for heart attacks, strokes and death it seems is stress. In the last few years it has been shown … Continue reading The Biggest Killer is Stress
We may not be due our year end, a salary review or our final exams but it should not mean that we are exempt from an appraisal of how we are performing as a species. Are we achieving what we are supposed to be striving for? How well are we doing? How do we compare … Continue reading A Genetic Appraisal
From a very early age, right through their development, children have to learn certain behaviours. It may be for their own safety and well-being or for the safety of others; it may be in terms of how they respect and behave in relation to other people; it may be with regard to the rules of … Continue reading Parental Control – Treating Children as Grown-ups
There’s a natural order to life, rules which we expect to follow, principles which are generally accepted: Older people should die before younger ones. Healthy people should live longer than those who have lived an unhealthy life. Children should not die before their parents. Unfortunately, these rules do not always apply. There are no guarantees … Continue reading Death – it’s a Matter of Timing
All too often we will admire Nature for the beauty it produces, for the complexities it displays and for the variation it generates; but Nature also represents a cruel world. It’s a harsh reality – a dystopian state. If you are to ask what a dystopian world would look like, you would quite likely point … Continue reading Genetic Dystopia
Once a life is lived, its genetic outcome is spent. If a species has not taken advantage of the genetic opportunities presented to it, then that is a wasteful loss of potential. In a relentless battle for survival, to miss out on a resource that could prove beneficial might be considered as both negligent and … Continue reading Genetic Banking
If I have something and you need that something then is it wrong for me to take advantage of that situation by seeking to achieve personal gain? If that something is a rare commodity and I am one of the few people in possession of that something, is it wrong for me to take even … Continue reading Defining an Exploitative Relationship
When there’s a clear distinction between the good guys and the baddies it’s not too difficult to enforce the law. But unfortunately it’s not always like that! You’re a police officer; you’re clad in full riot gear; you’re on the front line facing a large, noisy protest. The situation is confrontational. The order comes through … Continue reading Hanging on a Thin Blue Line