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Lucy in the Sky

September 2015

What is the relationship between drugs and human creativity? Consider the case of opium. The ancient Greek epic poet Homer almost certainly refers to it in The Odyssey as “a drug to quiet all pain and strife”, and … Read More...

JCC & TDQ

August 2015

My first thought was, “Why is Ronnie Wood at The University Women’s Club in Mayfair?” But then I quickly realized it wasn’t Ronnie Wood. It was instead the man I was waiting to speak to: Dr John Cooper … Read More...

So-Called Liberated Days

July 2015

I have seen Rod Stewart live seven times: Calgary in 1984; Wembley Stadium in London in 1986 (“it’s not raining”, but it was); Brighton in 1987 (he danced with his mom whilst singing “My Girl” by the Temptations); … Read More...

A Tribute to Geoffrey Carnall (1927-2015)

June 2015

I learned recently that my PhD supervisor Geoffrey Carnall had passed away. I had the great privilege of working with him from 1988 through 1992, and what I learned from him then is still with me every day. … Read More...