Books / Environment / Science

Protect the Malaysian rainforests, protect the vampire moth

Another reason to protect the Malaysian rainforests: We are home to the only known blood-sucking moth of the Lepidoptera order, the Calpe eustrigata. It was first found in Malaya (now known as Peninsular Malaysia) by Hans Bänziger in 1968. There were further studies on them in 1970, 1975 and 1979. But, major research on it … Continue reading

Books / Culture / Current Issues / Inspiration / People / Psychology

Early book review: Clayton Christensen – How Will You Measure Your Life?

A funny coincidence! I posted an article earlier today concerning the lack of loyalty and satisfaction in workplaces in Singapore. The article ended with a note on the attitudes exhibited by those around me of their work, “just a job” as they called it. My 40-minute bus ride home from work gives me plenty of … Continue reading

Books / Environment / Ethics/Rights / Psychology / Science

The call for anthropophilia to solve global issues

Anyone interested in changing our mindset for the sake of humanity must read Andrew Revkin’s “Anthropophilia” along with Daniel Goleman’s “Anthropocene Thinking” and Scott D. Sampson’s “Interbeing”. They can be found in Edge.org, but nothing beats reading these ideas on paperback. Have you got your “A-ha!” feeling today? If not, go and read one article in the Edge.org website now. Don’t end the day without learning something new. Continue reading

Books / Culture / It's my life! / People / Psychology

Never mind genes. I still believe that parents play a role.

My siblings and I have always been different from our 14 cousins. Being different does not mean that we are better or worse than them. It’s just that we are different in terms of mind-set, conduct, life priorities and culture. I believe that we are different because of our parents. It’s no wonder that I bristled when I read Judith Rich Harris’ essay … Continue reading

Books / Philosophy / Psychology / Science

Daniel Gilbert’s dangerous idea: The idea that ideas can be dangerous.

“The most dangerous idea is the only dangerous idea: The idea that ideas can be dangerous. “Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we’re in one. When all the words in our public conversation are fair, good, … Continue reading