Soft Robots

Recently, I had the luck to see the new ‘Robots’ exhibition at the Science Museum in London, described as ‘The 500-year quest to make machines human’. I found it fascinating, and often moving. Robots derive from our desire to fulfil and satisfy human needs, whether practical or emotional, and are, perhaps, better contextualised within the […]

This Flesh We Wear – Thoughts on a weekend at Words by the Water 7-8 March 2015

One of the best reasons for going to Words by the Water is that it gives work to the mind.  Indeed, I typed – accidentally – ‘Worlds by the Water. As I have blogged before, Words by the Water is a ‘festival of words and ideas’.  The pen is mightier than the sword, or the […]


OK, this is a soggy chestnut of subject in its frequent populist outings. I am prompted by an entertaining, but  lightweight, documentary on the BBC recently, concerning the differences between the brains of men and women. It offered glimpses into research done over a number of years involving brain scans and experiments that concludes that – yes, […]