How much do you think a standard house brick is worth?
A solitary brick, not the rights to it, no intellectual property,
concrete and assorted materials fired in a kiln, a brick.
In this international currency existence, let’s say $1

Then we give 100 of these to our mate Damien Hirst and he creates
a masterpiece of momento mori called “Dust to Dust” in the shape of one
huge brick made of the 100 bricks. Yes, people will scoff, ever since Duchamp
apparently took the piss with his signed urinal, there’s a huge demand
for post modern-modernist art. Exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery,
it is now for sale at how much? let’s pretend a modest $1,000,000

What if I take one of those same bricks and throw it through the
window of Buckingham Palace with #DustyShowbiz tied to it?
It nearly bops the Queen on the head. The next day the Sun runs
with “Liz bricks it after mortar attack” or something funnier.
Now how much is the one standard brick worth?
It’s priceless. Because it’s in the papers and even on the BBC News,
media placement that you can’t buy, not with money.

No more stupid than the Sex Pistols saying “bollocks”, all of a sudden
you’ve a much bigger audience.

And that’s how hype works.

There are many types of media. Mediums. We believe in spaghetti trees. We believe in aliens. We believe that Spurs will win the league. The illuminati is another spook story. It exists no more than those that are enlightened. There will always be someone at the top of the pyramid, there will always be the illusion of choice. Figureheads merely provide smoke and mirrors and a mouthpiece. Do you really believe that when you were elected as “Milk Monitor” you had any further power than redistributing a commodity that had already been decided upon by many levels above you?

Which is why I’m bemused by Trump more than scared by him. I’m concerned by the stupidity of how he came to be in the final furlongs of a two horse race. Then I thought about what he has to gain either way and the priceless exposure that he has generated.

After Oxygen (which Trump uses far too much of) Silicone is the most abundant
resource on our planet. It is used to make everything from composite microchips to
yep, you guessed it, bricks.

You see you can build a big wall for Mexicans or you can build schools for Africans.
You could make sure everyone had a home and every child had a computer. You can split society or you can seek to Unite the States of your country. You can go for the extreme vote and stand out against the populist, to become the alternative. Or you could ask the people not just tell them what they want. You could have some fresh real policies or you could just jump about and wave banners.

By creating controversy, by elevating himself into altercation with Clinton, Trump hyped himself into the most hallowed space of all – our heads. In a click based currency of popularity, he can’t lose.

For if he isn’t the next President, he has far more media rights to his story than if he is.

Don’t even get me started on Honey G


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I was in Yorkshire recently staying with some mates from that neck of the woods or dales.

They are a funny lot, I mean hilarious, intelligent and talented. Prior to my virgin visit, they thought it would be a great idea to task me with getting to the bottom of a longstanding subject: “What time is teatime?”

I researched, I googled and yahoo’d and wiki’d. I asked about in London and got all manner of irrelevant southern classist and off-topic suggestions and answers. I phoned and spoke to mates living in Yorkshire and they couldn’t agree. The most popular answer was “well, it’s teatime!”

Within 5 minutes of me getting to the first local pub, outside, complete strangers that were loosely involving me (they’re much friendlier up north) were talking about, yep, teatime.

I sniggered. “Say summit funny lad?” No, I replied. Then explained about my ongoing theory of  A brief history of Teatime.

I concluded that it was in fact a vague time after work and before going out. Or going straight out after work. Frequently between 5pm and 6pm. Teatime works for cliques or groups of mates.

It’s shorthand for what they know in a certain area and certain group. It’s a concept.

It’s a concept that I could research, google and try and guess at. One I had no idea about and hadn’t really concerned myself with. Until someone asked me to. Until a mate mentioned it. Until it could affect my understanding of something else, a subculture, a friend or enjoying a night out.

Not exactly life or death. Not a taboo. I can’t imagine MIT are funding research into it.

The only possible way to understand was to listen, enquire, listen again and then learn.

It’s frustrating isn’t it, when you have no direct experiential reference on something, not being able to understand things, however simple. Anyone who is a parent or has siblings knows it is very hard to do the right thing if you assume the role of guardian or advisor. Even if you have had a very similar experience or think you know the answer, it’s OK to realise you don’t have all the answers. Researching certain things won’t always help. The most powerful thing you can do is listen.

Men and women tend to have different approaches to things. I speak for men when I say that a lot of us think our role in life is to know how to fix everything. We are the teachers to our children, the mothers are the empathisers. That’s tradition.

That’s what our parents were taught. Maybe that’s why the sayings “Man up” and “like a girl” mean opposing things, psychologically not just physiologically.

I can only speak for myself as a human when I say we may all be similar, but we are never the same. We may not all be unique and beautiful snowflakes, but we are a highly individual product of our environment multiplied by our nature. The ability to think for ourselves is the greatest educational gift we can open. An open mind is not an empty mind, as long as we know our self.

If there can be a vagueness and enigma surrounding “teatime”, imagine how scary it is for a young person to be inept to why they feel “Depressed”. Depression, particularly amongst younger people is a massive problem. I wager there are an awful lot of parents that don’t understand it, think it’s a phase or think it’s about “pull yourself together”. Judging by the increasing number of my friends talking about it, some whom I never ever guessed suffered from it – it’s rife.

If you want to be intelligent, consider the source of your intelligence.
Think, enquire, listen and learn.

Even the experts aren’t necessarily experts, I mean it’s a big ask for the NHS and its a big ask for anyone. The mind is a brilliant but fragile thing. Would you know the difference between asking a Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Consultant, Pharmacologist, Cognitive therapist, Humanist forensic Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Behavioural Psychologist, Therapist or Counsellor?

Even glued to the internet for 7 years solid do you think you could learn, unlearn and rewrite a theory on neurolinguistics and its impact on behavioural system psychoanalytic theory?

Writing something funny on twitter is more than enough struggle for me.

What concerns me is the taboos perpetuated by silence.

The silence of the people that are unwell.
So, encourage those in need to talk, by listening.

If you are worried about your children or family,
arrange a time for you all to go to see a GP, together.

And try to listen. They are best placed to give next steps.

Be as supportive to the person as possible. It’s not your job to fix things or over advise.You can help them most by understanding and listening.

There are many group therapies and counsellors they can see.

If you want to do your own research, great. The internet is good, but its vast.
The best thing to do is to go and talk to people already affected.

It can’t help to get a broader picture.

Read books not just the web.

Share you experiences with those you trust. Listen and support those who share.

I hope you don’t have to experience something first hand to finally understand. Meanwhile, advice can come from the most unlikely of sources. So stay calm and be open.

As we say down south, put the kettle on and let’s have a chat about it.

You may have the best of intentions to help someone .
Until you master the skill of using two ears over one mouth, you’re not learning and they’re not listening.

You can practice this by just watching something on TV without commenting. If you’re parents, listen to one of you talk for a period without interrupting. At home, in the car, in the park, wherever. Listen with a view to understanding someone, don’t just wait for your turn to speak. You’re not in a business meeting, you’re helping your loved ones. For once it’s not all about you.

Take time to listen.


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Neva assume nuffink

“If you hold your hand to a hot stove just for a second it feels like a minute. An hour spent with a beautiful girl feels like a second.” Or to paraphrase E=mc². Two of Einstein’s expressions of his theory of relativity.

Unless you’re a monk, hermit or live in Barnes, life is often about communication. Communicating with others is a life skill. In a social real life environment, social media unreal environment or business environment.

It’s more important to get out of any given situation what you want, than necessarily having to be right or in the right, right? We adapt. We seek parity, understanding, an exchange, a result.

The world is full of concepts and theories, there are specific fields of study in mainly the sciences, mathematics, psychologies of what perpetuates our cosmos, our universe, solar system, planet. We study things at a sub atomic level to the theoretical meta dimensions beyond our perception.

We also still can’t assemble Ikea furniture and no matter how much money you pay someone they will find it hard to kick a ball into a rectangle more times than the opposing overpaid cockwombles.

From goal hanging box diving Drogba to DaVinci golden section scribing Galileo. From the first crawling fish on land to the offside orbs of Ozil. We are united in our thirst for life, our universal humanity.

People are not born geniuses. They are a product of their environment. Yes, there is some nature involved in this nurture. It is our own circles, inner and wide that propagate and determine us.

I believe it is natural to seek enlightenment, however we define it. What I really mean is,
it is important to me. Therefore I’m arrogant enough to see that as a natural drive in others. I mean not to judge, alas being pedantic it is an assumption. As we know, assumption is the mother of all fuck ups. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, which is why I use a dictionary more often than Wikipedia.

I have always been fascinated in the patterns of behaviours or psychology of situations.

The older I get and the more friends I have in (shock horror) beyond the media world I find this is what they have been doing for years. Mathematicians, scientists, writers, traders, brokers, bakers.

Even though I went to an amazing art school and university I always felt I was just getting into bigger and bigger ponds with more and more talented people. I graduated, my real teaching began when I went to work. I’ve been doing it for 20 years now and I’m still learning.

Which is why I am reluctant to consider or call myself an expert. I’d be flattered if someone thought I was a polymath but I’m no genius.

I think it’s important to be confident not arrogant.

Treat others with the way you would like to be treated, give the benefit over the doubt.

It’s natural to be skeptical but don’t be a cynic for the sake of it.

The patterns and systems of our own experience are what form our own psychological universe. So, worlds can collide or the planets can align.

Someone always knows something you don’t and vice versa. You often have an ability someone wishes they had or doesn’t realise they have. As well as the Alberts, I’m still learning from the Daves, Neils and the Jennies.

My favourite piece of advice was “Don’t buy a dog and call it Fuck Off”

Or as someone said to Neil “Nevva assume nuffink”

Sometimes we need the dark to appreciate the light. Symbiosis, parallel universes, systems. If we learn order in any system from design to martial arts. Once we see beyond the learnt practicalities and meditatively become the system, we have tools to create our own freestyle expression.

Or to put it another way, I’m good with a pencil, if you want a bigger logo, do it yourself.


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Car before horse

Change is remorseless. Without change there’s no progression.

“If I’d asked people what they wanted they’d have said faster horses” Henry Ford famously said when unveiling his Model T. He could well have been talking about modern research techniques. Whether white board spider charts or quantitive clicks applied. But that was in 1919.

Everybody that can read this online has an opinion on the motor car. So does your Nan or your toddler and of course that bloke down the pub. Which is why the automotive sector is a veritable smorgasbord of styles and substance. There are many variables of design at play. Multiple forms of creativity and innovation. Many channels of media and mediums to sell the product, accessories and merchandise. You can even buy yourself a lovely shiny Porsche pipe should you choose. Yes, women buy and smoke pipes too you know. Many of them are actually better smokers. To ignore 50% of the world’s population that want to buy your product would be a bit barking or even Dagenham.

Teslas are developed in the Norfolk hangers owned by the Malaysians and bought by the Californians designing for the Germans and built by the Romanians. One time niche manufacturers outperform big businesses, buying and selling brands and owning groups like your annoying nephew playing Christmas evening Monopoly. The Japanese have managed to not only catch up the Germans in terms of engineering but surpass them in product placement and brand experience. There have been galleries in Ginza for years now. The same programmers that visualised the game Gran Turismo designed the digital dash on the Nissan GT-R. Art imitates life and life propagates the desires of the next generation.

Unlike Apple, the big car brands are not beholden to one designer.
With the exception of Chris Bangle and his chisel period at BMW, the products evolve, curve, respond and progress. From the Aston Martin emulating Fiesta, the funky Fiat 500 or the bedroom wall Lamborghinis, affluent city streets are filled with art. It’s no wonder those cheeky chaps in California are eying up Woking for their denied secret projects.

In this dog eat horsepower dash for the line, the role of the brand is to allow progressive coherency. Attitude and flexibility. A way to achieve this is to stick to the plan and then allow fluid expression that is relevant to the specific product whilst not negatively contradicting the master brand. I don’t just mean sticking the logo on a cloudy sky image. Automotive is an experience led business. Luxury cars are semi self selecting for the most part. You can’t stop Foxtons fucking the image of your new city car though, yet.

In 2K16, design and the art of communication is not static, so why are the marketing models? If you consider the elements as living, moving parts to find their harmony – we respond in kind to progress. For me, it’s a great example of why obsess with the logo? if your holistic brand is fluid – then your marque is your constant signature. If it’s cool don’t fuck with it. End of. That’s how grown up branding works.

Some things change but some stay the same. The balance between leading innovation and responding to the wants of a broader culture is complex. It doesn’t have to be complicated. A great idea is born of a specific need and will have wider appeal by default. You can’t please all of the people all of the time.

That’s why it’s called marketing, not everything.

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Do you sell wasps?

No? Do you sell Fridges?

To teach yourself about marketing, walk down a street. You’ll learn business in Sloane Street or any straat in Amsterdam. Being street smart, it helps to be on the street. The best place to understand eclectic market forces is the high street. Locating a shop is all about the communication of promise. Staying there and buying something is about the experience. Wanting to return or telling your friends is about behaviour and gut feeling. As any restauranteur will tell you more people talk about you if things go wrong, positive word of mouth means you need to be exceptionally good. To be remarkable requires buying into your particular offer not just buying commodities.

Supermarkets are a good example of what’s called a Value Proposition.

A proposition is an exchange of goods or services for money, I give you this and you
give me that.

A value proposition is just an elaborate way of combining other variables into the equation. The experience and other features and benefits. Supermarkets use their over all brand offer and reputation to capitalise on real estate. Here the economies of scale are apparently in your favour and so things like convenience change. If I live in town and want to go to a small supermarket, I get maximum convenience and minimum range. It will be more local and tailored to the old fashioned concept of a ‘convenience store’. There will be less available staff and more unexpected items in the bagging area. Great for a lunch time sushi roll or a loaf of bread. The same chain will have a larger store, slightly more out of town or inconvenient to the metrosexual dweller.

Because they know I will have to drive there, there’s a huge carpark. They have home items and clothing and there’s more to browse and buy. I didn’t just pop there, maybe I went there to take advantage of that offer on big brand jeans or the latest curved screen TV. These are known as loss leaders, companies make less profit on the mark up of these select items. The implication is you are incentivised to bargain hunt around the store. The amount of people that will visit any given location is known as footfall. Customer journeys are how marketing people coercively plan your activity of navigating the store. Items are periodically relocated and certain things are placed together for your apparent convenience. Limes are put next to smoked salmon. Shelf-barkers bark bargains and wobblers wobble with added value, hanging off the isles, directing you to rewarding exclusive offers – it’s a neurolinguistic field of dreams. You thought you just walked around.

When you look at the shelves of any supermarket the matrix of items is called
a Planogram.

A lot of thought goes into where basic or luxury items or branded items are placed. What is put next to each other and what sections meet each section. Colours and vessels are also tested, researched to persuade, seduce or stand out. Packaging is big business. Own brand packaging has to compete with branded items that have their own extensive campaigns. Think about everything from butter, milk, cheese, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, dish washer tablets, beer, oven cleaner, pasta sauce and so on. There’s a micro market on every shelf, in every isle.

MUJI lead the way the for no-label anti brand sophisticate. The department stores take all this to another level. Many levels in fact. If you’re a bloke you instinctively dive downstairs in Selfridges then have to go all the way back up far too many floors to find your other half in the shoes bit.
It’s like waiting in the toy dept. while your mum buys half the shop when she “only popped out for a loaf of bread” all over again. The windows of Selfridges are in a different league. Such a vast quadrant of real estate they entice and intrigue. There are your hard core shoppers allover the world. The big London department stores have their tribes. There’s a distinctiveness in the clientele of the yellow bags, the 5th floorers and the tourists disappointed there’s no private zoo on the roof.

Even the shopping bags are so desirable they often replace the need for gift wrapping.

With the exception of a few concessions that offer more of a statement, the plethora
of bags around town provide a nice niche associative advertising campaign for what’s in store.

Merchandisers track sales and trends and place items accordingly. There’s no loss leaders in these environments. The cosmetics parts often more aggressive than a trading floor. The red jackets replaced by white coats to look more expert. More marketing led support and more market forces at work. The principle is the same whether its pub toilets at the back or fish out of the way in the pet shop.

What you learn about walking around a street, store or shopping centre is we are all there with different needs, with different budgets, desires and reasons. We are all secret shoppers. There is no such thing as the consumer anymore. To refer to people outside marketing as “civilians” is self important and deluded. Assuming a role is often required to satisfy professional expectations by clients. However I believe this to be outmoded. An understanding of people is more important. We achieve this by understanding ourselves, first. In designing anything, when we set out to create what we would like, a great experience, a big, simple, true product and environment. Then we can achieve brilliant things. Understanding the difference between the exchange, not just supplying a demand is powerful. In a world where everything is a brand, unbranded or not, creating a demand by wishful thinking is unsustainable.

There is no formula to amazing business. You can’t trick people more than once. You can’t afford social media to be your Achilles heel. An Ivory tower doesn’t have to be a fancy HQ, it can be the one you’ve built in your own head. Step out, step the other side of the street once in a while.

You don’t sell wasps? There was one in your window. That’s OK I’m just browsing.

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Think or thwim

We build faster and faster computers, that far surpass the calculation speed of man.

We create them in the image of man in terms of memory, the more memory we have the powerful we are in computing terms. The processor is only as smart as the input. GIGO (Garbage in garbage out) is a simple computer science concept. We are still learning about ourselves as humans. As Pythagoras could calculate complex maths in 300 BC – we are still rubbing our chins and quoting Freud in Psychoanalytic studies on each other in the present day.

In the late 19th century, a German physicist Hermann Helmholtz researched pioneering work into our perception. The one I like however, building on this is in the 1890s.
A psychologist called George M Stratton experimented with a theory of “perceptual adaption”. He was able to wear spectacles that inverted his normal visual spectrum.
He noted the brain adapted to this fully after five days of constant use. It took days to readjust once removing the device.

Neural or sensory adaption is a change over time of our sensory system to a constant stimulus. Think about that for a second. This was a psychological experiment, so has psychological implications: If we are bombarded with a constant stimulus for long enough then we accept that as a “truth”. We have to unlearn that truth if the stimulus is removed or shown to be false.

If we are open minded then we can know the world is round and then convince ourselves to the possibility of it being flat again. By questioning truths and who or what is behind the reasoning we can be susceptible to conspiracy theories. As any post ironic student knows, it’s hip to be square.

Technology that allows us to see things accurately is important in the progress of perception. I’m not talking about the singularity here, I’m talking about items as rudimentary as the printing press and the camera. Scientists versus Artists, fact finders and provers versus the expressers.

It’s fascinating that it wasn’t until 1440 that Ucello was credited with even hinting at perspective with his painting “The battle of San Romano”

Da Vinci was somewhat of an anomaly. Interested in mastering the vivisection of humans to  understand how we were psychically put together. An inventor of things such as the helicopter without even an etch-a-sketch let alone free wifi.

Even german physicists from 1880 can still have an impact in perception and technology in the 21st century. As the latest fighter pilot helmets enable a high tech augmented reality. It’s not just the tech that needs to get smarter but the user, too. The same goes for the communications industry. Creativity is not subservient to clicks and shares. We need to be more active with our brains, not so reliant on techniques. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen?

Advertising agencies always had one over design companies because of the team structure. Art director and a writer. A thinker and a visualiser. Call it left brain, right – whatever. Two people that were in it together. Science and the art – and it works in a beautifully symbiotic way.

It is more than an MBA formulaic way. More than thinking in a systematic, heuristic or rational way. Until you can feel things for yourself and think beyond the norm – you’ll be too scared to think outside the brief or the market you’re told to operate in. A trusted partner to sense check you is all you need.

I still don’t understand why there is a big deal to be ‘digital native’ if you’re a creative director in any agency. (Do these guys actually understand what a Creative Director is?)

If you think ideas are not more powerful than technology in an agency, then why is this true: Aside from the fact that Jonny Ive is a product designer; Apple computer
(the most powerful corporation on the planet) may employ some creative people to
look after marketing and design internally, why have they always relied on external advertising agencies?

The old ad model was people in the street asking you if you remembered that advert last night. Replaced now by the analytics of clicks and shares. Big Data is big business.

Would you put 8 randoms sat behind a one way mirror eating warm beer and drinking sandwiches in charge of your business? So why trust 8,000 of them then?

I wonder if the bosses young or old of these digital agencies really understand the concept of computer science. It’s on an exponential curve, which means its still in relative infancy.

Facts and formulas are learnt and language is whatever new code there is. There is no course on computer psychology is there? If you need a PhD in cybernetics to understand something, then how does that encourage you to relate to someone walking the isles of ASDA or Waitrose?

I think there is a huge difference in the mindset of Edison. Someone who created a demand or need for his inventions – i.e. it was electric appliances that propagated electricity. Then there’s Nikola Tesla who said ‘hey, that’s great but it could be more efficient and benefit everybody’ – i.e. inventing alternating current (AC). Tesla also went on to invent many other things that would or could have benefited mankind.

Anyone who’s ever worked for me knows this:

The pillars of any business at their simplest are


joined up and seeded by an idea. Big, unique, or otherwise. Good would be a start.
Digital is not an idea. Neither are computers. Even if you’re Apple. (It’s user friendly).

I could draw you a picture if you want or stick it on a microsite hyperlinked subthread.

Human was always the buzzword, before digital.
We can all play chess, it doesn’t make us strategy gurus.
Less buzzwords. More reality checks needed.

Can we make sense, common again?
Here’s to getting it right.

Here’s to the reality natives.

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Everything you know is wrong

As a boy I used to have stupid thoughts like: “Does everyone see colour the same?”
or “Do dogs dream?”. Now I still think about man’s narcissistic relationship with artificial intelligence, if ‘Tie me kangaroo down sport’ was really about the stifling commitment in a belligerently dysfunctional relationship or what sort of lifestyle do Waitrose really think I have if this bag is for my life?

When I was a child our home was filled to the brim with books. My father was not an academic man then and had a thirst for knowledge. What I lacked in a football coach I certainly didn’t lack in being empowered to read, write, draw, even create machine code computer basics by the age of 6.

One morning sat outside the school library the bully of a headmaster asked me what I was doing. “Waiting for a brain test” I answered. Not the answer he wanted. Disingenuous, impertinent I hadn’t quite got to yet, “stupid” and “boy” however I understood. It was in fact an eye exam I was waiting for, and having read a thing that told me the eye was the only visible direct connection to the brain, well, it seemed a clever thing to say. Luckily my Dad backed me up when called into question.

In Psychoanalysis our childhoods are often reexamined to make sense of our adult selves. In some people it is more important to be right, than say to be loved and vice versa.
We are often seeking approval. We worry about what others think and think of us.
Perhaps the smartest thing to do is to be able to think for ourselves. To be given the tools.

To do this though, is a lifelong journey, of unlearning and learning again. Not overly concerning ourselves with others and concentrating on just our own self. This is different to merely being selfish. You are no real use to others unless you desire subservience until you understand yourself and your own thoughts, desires and needs.

Everything in life is an experience. There are many forms of language, aural, visual and otherwise. Internal and external. Your own code of perception of experiences is a language. The more languages we learn, the easier it is to learn new ones. The more things we do, the more experience we have in life. Even doing nothing can be an experience. Reading, working, being a brain surgeon or tending a bar is all an experience. It’s what you do with it that counts. The more things you’re interested in, the more interesting you’ll be. The more points of reference you have and the more dots you have to join in your cosmic painting of life. Even if everything really has been done before – you haven’t done it or seen it with your eyes or heard it with your ears or sensed it with your mind. Archimedes could have been bungie jumping, in Ibiza, on a bench googling something
on his iPhone or in the Dog and Duck. He just happened to be a smart fucker and was in the bath.

Everyone has something dear to their heart, or simply an issue that affects them.
Remember that old cliche about walking a mile in someone’s shoes?
Ever noticed that comedians are often political but politicians are rarely funny?
Universal truths will be the most basic?
It’s a tough call to convince people that know they’re right, that they’re wrong.
Why is that?

Life where it counts is austere. Simple. Yes or no. Black or white.

Unless you or someone you’ve loved has been affected by prejudice or judgement,
you probably won’t care about something. Right or wrong.

This is where emotional intelligence (EQ) comes into play. Understanding your own emotions and reactions and the ability to empathise and recognise others. This is not the same as “being in touch with our emotions” or thinking you understand others by your own perception of the world.

There is so much research into our own psychical biology and what effects it. Yet so little still understood about our own minds. Qualitative and quantitative research is used to sell us stuff. Monetisation of everything is a big deal. What about all the dots that are being created? All that data and big data. Can we use some of this to help understand or minds, mindsets and mentalities? Could we do this without it being policed or sinister?

Why isn’t there more education about our own mind at school? We were taught about strangers when I was a kid, if suicide is the biggest killer of young men then why not combat that?

I wonder if you could have a school therapist? I do believe most people would benefit from some form of therapy, cognitive – young or old.

Apple are apparently trying to acquire McLaren automotive. It makes me wonder who in the world is doing research in biotech products. Tesla? Will it be down to Mark Zuckerberg or someone to fund biotech research? I’m talking an end to Alzheimers. An end to Parkinson’s. Reversible blindness or some sort of innovation implant technologies. Surely research into the mind has to go beyond analytical, physical or chemical and become bio-integral?

Is it because if we admit we can control or manipulate the brain, then the can of worms will open?

The conspiracy theorists wet dream comes true. Does it have to be that way?

By using social media and constantly relying on chips and computers in everything from credit cards to passports to GPRS in our smart devices, we are already in a tech convergence. We are the eyes, the contact to each of our worlds for the governments and the corporations. Forget the internet of things, you’re already living in it. It’s called reality.

Does that have to be a scary thing? Not necessarily. How about though, give something back. In trying to join things up, there’s always those that want to split them up to see what happens. Remember the best intentions of J. Robert Oppenheimer?

You never know who you might bump into whilst you’re waiting for something.

It could be the next internet billionaire barman, a charity worker, painter or the inventor of the world wide web.  Sir Tim Berners-Lee called his precursor to the web ENQUIRE, apparently a reference to the 1856 encyclopaedic text called “Enquire within upon everything”.  A perfect analogy for his idea for the web. Not arguing the toss with each other about nothing.

It’s all connected. Innit. It’s just that some of us are draining and negative and others naturally atomically bounce and stay positive. Keep thinking for yourself, keep making connections. Keep feeling fascination. Looking, learning, moving on.

It’s not always what you see, it’s how you see it. 


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