Monthly Archives: February 2013

The hidden world of a researcher

Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about research and my own identity as a researcher. This is one of those things that sooner or later hit your head with a brick, no matter what profession one has chosen. First, … Continue reading

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Stochastic resonance and chance-seeking

A couple of years ago a nice guy came to me at the end of a seminar I was coordinating and said: “this thing about chance-seeking has some important connection with the concept of stochastic resonance”. The guy wasn’t actually … Continue reading

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Wit, practical wisdom and chance-seeking

The great French scientist Louis Pasteur once said “luck favors the prepared mind”. Robert Merton in his The travels and adventures of serendipity¬†defines serendipity as making discoveries by accident and sagacity. In both cases it seems that there’s something more … Continue reading

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Eco-logical complexity and environmental unexpectedness

John is a researcher and he is at the library. Before he goes back to his office, he drops in the bar. He plans to have a take away cappucino there and then to dash off to his office to … Continue reading

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Environmental unanticipatedness as the ultimate form of distributed cognition

I used to be a great fan of everything related to distributed cognition – the idea that cognition is distributed across people, tools, and all external stuff we are surrounded by. I think that the idea of chance-seeking brings distributed … Continue reading

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Traditional wisdom and science

Coming back from London I bought and read Bradley Wiggins’ book My Time.¬†Wiggins is famous for two reasons: first, his horrible sideburns; secondly, he won the last Tour de France – the first Brit ever, by the way, and he … Continue reading

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A review of my book

A second review of my book (written this time by Davide Secchi, Bournemouth University, UK) has just been published in Biosemiotics Here is a copy.

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