Books

‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch: Book Review

“Being a seasoned Londoner, Martin gave the body the "London once-over" - a quick glance to determine whether this was a drunk, a crazy or a human being in distress. The fact that it was entirely possible for someone to be all three simultaneously is why good-Samaritanism in London is considered an extreme sport - like base jumping or crocodile wrestling.” 

Television

One Weekend, Three Season Finales – Thoughts on ‘Homeland’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Girls’

For someone who generally only manages to watch a couple of hours of TV each week, I watched a lot of series finales over the weekend. Here are my thoughts on the series finales of Homeland, Girls and Broadchurch (all reviews are spoiler-free for the finales).

Science, Science and Technology

It’s Not My Fault – My Genes Made Me Do It

While our genetics (combined with our environmental influences) offer explanations for a large amount of variation in humans, the increasing use of our genetic make-up as a way of passing the blame for our behaviour is actually quite worrying. On a small scale, it's quite nice to say "well, nature made me this way". I like to use my biologically programmed body clock as an excuse for sleeping in late, and trying to claim that I'm snappy and impatient because "it's in my genes" would be tempting (who knows if that would even be possible). Criminal behaviour, however, is a whole other story. We can't really use our genetics as an excuse for murder... can we?