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The phrase “lifelong learning” is something of a buzzword in government and business circles, as they try desperately to help people adapt to a world where the needed skills for employment change almost by the year. The irony is, like so many other ‘buzzwords’, that the reality has always been with us.

When you’re a child, you tend to assume that at some future point, you;ll go through a magic transition and be an adult. In your teens, you try to persuade everybody that it’s happened already. In your 20s, you believe that it’s happened. In your 30s, you discover that this is nonsense, and that the process of growing up never really stops.

My Dad’s death over four years ago left me as the oldest male in my immediate family. I never really realised the implications of that, until a member of my family got ill. What are those implications? Well, if you’ve been in my position, you’ll know. If you haven’t, you probably won’t understand. All that matters, really, is that you learn, again, that the process of growing up never stops. And I can’t help feeling that the last few months have added a disproportionate number of extra years to me.

And you know what? I’m glad.

I was originally going to title this post “Things People Never Tell You As A Child”. I suspect that’s wrong, though. I suspect adults do tell you this but it’s something you can’t be taught by other people. Only life has the power to do that.

Just a quick reminder that I have a Frappr map here. You can add yourself to build up a map of where this blog’s readers are worldwide.

Thanks to all four people who did this last time around…

I’d just like to apologise for the lack of content on here of late. A close member of my family has to have quite a serious operation next week, and that’s been a huge distraction. I hope to drift back towards regular posting in the next few days.

When you do an arts degree at university, its easy to see the arts and sciences as natural enemies. However, I’ve also done the early stages of a physics degree, and so I’ve often found the interface between the two disciplines to be fascinating. That’s why I find a new project which links images to interviews done with various scientists so interesting. You’ll need the sound up or headphones on to enjoy this:

Randomness & Certainly

I think it goes to show that many scientists are better philosphers than many philosphers.

Apparently it’s going on display in the Science Museum, soon, so consider this a sneak preview.

(Full disclosure: Lorna, my lovely and frighteningly intelligent wife, is one of the interviewees in the project. Listen out for the well-spoken young English female voice, talking about people’s reactions to their bodies.)

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