We guard our freedoms and rights with great commitment, tenacity and pride. We will fight for them; we will die for them. For many people they are sacrosanct, the bedrock of our individual existence. And yet they are vulnerable and endangered; depleted and diminishing. The reason for this is that we have committed ourselves to … Continue reading Declining Civil Liberties; Necessary and Inevitable
What do we think of repetitious television programmes? I don’t mean the showing of repeats; I mean those programmes that, after an advert break, repeat what they have already told you. They insist on giving you “the story so far”. Why do they do that? Do they think that we’ve forgot what’s already happened?Do they … Continue reading The Story So Far … Repetitive Television
Here’s a genetic oddity…. Why do we have different blood types? You would think that human blood would be the same all over. It’s a commodity product. It is there to do a job. It dispenses nutrients through the body, it delivers oxygen and takes away carbon dioxide, it staves off infections and it carries … Continue reading Blood Types – Do they Exist by Chance or by Design?
In terms of my sleeping requirements, I’m an eight hours a night sort of person. I have been for as long as I can remember. It seems to suit me. I go to sleep about half-ten and get up the following morning at about half-six. Most nights I sleep very well. I go off to … Continue reading Sleep Less; Live More
Delving into genetic ancestry it is thought that all Europeans are descendants of Charlemagne – a king from the eighth century who had numerous children, mostly illegitimate ones from his concubines. It seems we’re not so dissimilar after all - we all carry sequences of DNA that match each other even though we may be … Continue reading Migration – A Genetic Benefit
I think I might have a bit of a drug problem. My drug is exercise. I covet those endorphin and dopamine highs which are released in those post-workout moments. My problem is this; when I haven’t done any exercise for a couple of days I start to experience mood swings, feelings of guilt, an inability … Continue reading The Exercise Drug
Everything we do seems to require a password. They are the gateway to the on-line world. And yet, given that they are also the access point for bank accounts, personal details and private correspondence, we probably don’t treat passwords with the seriousness we should. Most people’s choice of password is governed by the ease with … Continue reading Password Ease v’s Password Security
Our genes are the central beings of Nature – the powers that be. We, like all species, are merely vessels for their containment. Our human behaviours are governed by our genes. We live, we procreate and we raise our off-spring on the basis of what is good for our genes. We act on their commands. … Continue reading Society’s Genetic Challenge
“With your nose and my teeth we’re sure to be good together.” It may not be the most inviting of chat up lines and it is perhaps unlikely to sweep a young lady off her feet but that’s the underlying nature of the mating game. This is the reality of the relationships we choose. In … Continue reading For Gene’s Sake
Why do I persist in going to the gym? No, this is not a dispirited moan that I have not lost the weight I was hoping to lose. This is a more fundamental enquiry as to why I put myself through the toil and sweat of doing three or four gym sessions a week. And … Continue reading A Gym Geek … but Why?