I want to examine the key issue of how to establish a balance of diversity and unity. Too much diversity, and society will fragment; too much unity and we have a closed society. How do we find the balance? Is it too much to suggest that it is possible to […]
What does ‘race’ mean today, to a biologist? The ‘candelabra’ model of racial development is now rejected in favour of a ‘trellis’ model. . Nigel Pocock . Even with Neanderthals, cross-species mating was occurring. Modern Europeans consequently have between 2%-5% Neanderthal DNA. The trellis model allows for constant movement of […]
Presented like this, this sounds like a ridiculous question. Aren’t ‘cure’ and ‘healing’, synonyms? One author at, least, thinks not, and for important reasons. There are significant differences between these terms. Nigel Pocock ‘Cure’ is seen as symptomatic of western culture. It is associated with immediacy. ‘Healing’ is […]
Some people manage to overcome difficulties and come out stronger on the other side. Others do not manage to recover. Human responses to critical moments in life vary depending on our capacity to consider change as an opportunity to better oneself.
In a western world premised on a culture of denial of differences, is a concept of ‘national character’ meaningful? Or a basis for harmful stereotyping? Can we learn anything constructive about differences, if, indeed, they exist? . Nigel Pocock . Studies of neurogenesis and synaptogenesis (the life-long generation of new […]