Falls the Shadow

Found this an interesting introduction to one theory of how the mind forms our response to a situation. Ironically for something that talks about prior experience causing flawed assumptions, my initial disagreement was due to Feldman Barrett using certain terms differently from how I would without defining them first. https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them She divides experience into "feelings", … Continue reading Falls the Shadow

Prior Unreasoning

There's a famous aphorism "Do what I say, not what I do" which is often trotted out either to show one person or everyone is a hypocrite when it comes to morals. And, whichever interpretation you favour, it's hard to deny that it's often much easier to suggest a moral choice from the comfort of … Continue reading Prior Unreasoning

A Helping Hand Not a Slap on the Wrist

Several months ago, I wrote about my belief rehabilitation was the highest aim of penal sanction. Yesterday I discovered that the potential benefit extends further than I thought: even psychopaths, those least inclined to value the good of whole, might benefit from rehabilitation rather than isolation. Assisting the most extreme criminals to better interact with … Continue reading A Helping Hand Not a Slap on the Wrist

Second Chance by Dylan S. Hearn

Although both ecology and neuroscience are at the heart of the world Hearn creates they do not dominate the novel, making this very definitely a character-driven thriller. When extremes of weather began to disrupt infrastructure and displace populations even in industrialised nations, the United Nations finally agreed a global solution to climate change. Sustainable power, … Continue reading Second Chance by Dylan S. Hearn