Fundamentals of Geobiology (2012) offers an overview of plants and animals as geobiological agents

In its opening chapter, Fundamentals of Geobiology (2012) outlines what geobiology is and describes its growth as a discipline. The chapter, which provides a valuable introduction, is authored by Andrew H. Knoll, Donald E. Canfield, and Kurt O. Konhauser, who also serve as editors of the range of overviews, by many authors, that comprise the book. […]

The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited; this is a result of how the brain’s attentional system evolved

I feel most fortunate that I came across a Twitter link dealing with an Aug. 9, 2014 New York Times article that underlines the fact that the processing capacity of conscious mind is limited, as a result of how the brain’s attentional system evolved. As I’ve noted in a previous post, the article recommends that […]

Grafton is a semi-rural town in east central Massachusetts lying southeast of the City of Worcester

I recently had an online conversation with MCHS alumnus Howard Hight, who remembers all kinds of details about Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Pizza Pan, which used to be near Orange Julep on Decarie Blvd. Howard, who made a career in publishing, now lives in Grafton, Massachusetts. I mentioned to him: “I hear […]

Do your social networking and email during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day

I would describe myself as dubious with regard to efforts to “explain reality” on the basis of neuroscience research. That said, I do read accounts of potential applications of the “latest neuroscience research.” By way of example, the concept that a person needs to “reset” one’s brain from time to time – for example, by avoiding […]

While social conformity has many prosocial functions, it can get in the way of self-awareness

I had the good fortune to get to know students in the Grade 4 age range when I worked as a teacher with the Peel District School Board prior to my retirement in 2006. My retirement was marked with a school assembly at which I gave an eight-minute presentation. A group of students entertained the […]

What element does a person miss in Montreal that no longer exists?

For people who have memories of Montreal, whether they still live in Montreal or not (I’m in the latter category), you can find a great overview on Facebook concerned with things that people fondly recollect from times past in Montreal. You can access the Facebook group by clicking here. I like the fact it’s a […]

Jane’s Walk in Toronto: August 17 and 31, 2014 Sunday morning urban activity and exploration!

The following message is from Denise Pinto of Jane’s Walk: Open the streets to people and close them to cars? Yes! Select Jane’s Walks tours will be running during the Open Streets TO 2014 Pilot Program – Sunday, August 17th and 31st – 8:00 am to noon This year, we’ve paired up with Open Streets […]

Operation War Diary is taking British Army regimental records and transcribing them. You can help.

The website, which I learned about from David Juliusson, for Operation War Diary: Reports from the Front can be found here. The site notes: “The story of the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War is waiting to be discovered in 1.5 million pages of unit war diaries. We need your […]

The Importance of an Occupation after Retirement!

“Harold is my new inspiration,” Howard Hight reports. Howard, a graduate of Malcolm Campbell High School in Montreal who now lives in the USA, has shared with us the following message, circulating as an email, which he has affirmed is fine for me to post: The Importance of an Occupation after Retirement! As we get […]

Etobicoke-South Cycling Committee meeting: Aug. 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm at “Among Friends,” 2970 Lake Shore Blvd. West

Following message is from Lakeshore Planning Council: In partnership with the Lakeshore Planning Council and Cycle Toronto, the Etobicoke-South Cycling Committee will be holding a meeting on: DATE: August 12 from 7 to 9 PM. LOCATION: “Among Friends”, 2970 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1J7 (MAP) Agenda 1. Etobicoke Creek Trail. The TRCA […]