Beating biases

This week my brain has kept on trying to warp my perception of English COVID figures. When Boris threw English doors to COVID wide open on ‘Freedom Day’ (July 19th), he was criticised in many quarters as ‘wildly’irresponsible‘. Projections were made by some epidemiologists that daily COVID cases might rise as high as 100,000 perContinue reading “Beating biases”

Bodies of knowledge

This week the New Zealand academic world has seen a flurry of debate about the intersection between mātauranga Māori – the knowledge base of and created by Māori, past present and future – and the philosophy/method that is science. A group of seven academics from the University of Auckland wrote a letter to the RoyalContinue reading “Bodies of knowledge”

A cleft stick

It turns out that water diviners no longer necessarily use bisected wooden sticks, No. 8 fencing wire will also perform. The question, however, is…what is a household of scientists doing employing a water diviner? I have been very clear about my scientific approach to matters in life, including COVID-19. I still maintain that the wayContinue reading “A cleft stick”

My teacups are getting stormy

Last night Mum disappeared off to her room in the middle of making a salad. We waited for a while, not thinking anything was amiss, but then our proposed dinner time came and went so we thought we had better check on her. We found her getting into bed saying that she didn’t want toContinue reading “My teacups are getting stormy”