Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Fabric of Reality

The traditional, classical, view of reality is that something only exists in one place, but what if objective reality was found not to exist? What if an object could be in more than one place at once? What if particles … Continue reading

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                            I had an 11-hour flight yesterday so I managed to polish off something called the Library Book (Profile Books). It’s a collection of short essays by … Continue reading

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The Russians are coming

I’m lying face down in the Indian Ocean wondering where all the Chinese have gone. To be more precise, I’m in a bungalow on slits lying on a massage table at one end of which is a hole through which … Continue reading

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Books (and a stat)

Two books I like the sound of. The first is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Essentially this is about the transition from an age of character (actions) to one of … Continue reading

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This is fun – and slightly mind popping if true. A handful of psychologists, notably Michael Frank at the University of California (Santa Barbara) and Daryl Bem, at Cornell are conducting experiments into peoples’ ability to foretell the future or, … Continue reading

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App of the week.

I’m feeling guilty about the lack of brainmail so here’s something that will end up there one of these days. Interesting start up from Mike McCue and Evan Doll that aims to turn links that appear on Facebook and Twitter … Continue reading

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Quote for today

“There’s nothing quite as frightening as someone who knows they are right.” – Michael Faraday.

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The future of Facebook

Is Facebook worth $100 billion? The valuation seems excessive – it’s more than Boeing is worth, but on some levels it could be seen as something of a bargain. Other tech companies such as Google and Apple are worth far … Continue reading

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The great innovations swindle

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. I’ve been trying to soak in the bath and the plug is broken so all the water has been rushing out. How do you break a plug? Simple. … Continue reading

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On forecasting

I’m going through a pile of newspaper cuttings for the next issue of my What’s Next report and found this tiny morsel from an old issue of the FT lurking under a pile of New Scientist magazine cuttings. Philip Tetlock, … Continue reading

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