A lengthy article talking about the similarities in treatment between the European mole (Tapa europaea) and the Plateau Pika (Ochotona curzoniae). They are both a species vital to earth and soil health that benefit and enrich their environments that are considered a pest and a nuisance and are often killed for little or no reason. We explore the animals themselves, their lives and habitats, how our opinions of them were formed and similarities to our behaviours with other species too, like prairie dogs and badgers. We also focus on the ability of humans to form opinions, ideas or myths about animals and also how they can change over time. In the case of these species, changing for the negative, but it also means the reverse is true.
Nearly half-way through this list and I want to come clean. This started as a conversation about my love for certain ‘undesirables’ – They’re coming up later, but if I asked you to guess the top few hated but misunderstood animals they’d be on your mind. What I didn’t expect was for my research toContinue reading “Top Ten Hated (But Misunderstood) Animals – 6- The Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascarensis)”
A short exploration of the socio-cultural side of why we seem to hate some animals, using jellyfish, mosquitoes, spiders and wasps as examples.
A short article about rejection and rejection sensitivity dysphoria, a symptom that typically manifests in those with neurodivergent or mental health conditions.
Because they don’t want to behave like dicks? Okay, obvious answer out of the way let’s get to a little explaining. I’ve given you fundamentals of life, in my introduction to biology, if you want a recap go over it. In there I talk about how life has been evolving, constantly, for close to 4Continue reading “Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism”
A first-person, almost stream-of-consciousness account of fear caused by uncertainty in someone with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), with focus on intrusive, unwanted thoughts of negative outcomes, gathering information to assist in feeling more comfortable, distraction and routine-building to help out as well as just accepting failure as an option!
We discuss the sociological concept of ‘Wicked Problems’ problems that are complicated, have no easy solutions, have no necessarily right or wrong answers but that tear our societies apart nonetheless.
Not an easy article to write, but one which I think needs to be written. All about autism and how it affected me and my life, and how I experience it. I was diagnosed at age 32 as on the spectrum, so I lived a whole youth of not knowing.
“One of those days.” We’ve all had them, you barely manage to wake up, your brain is a complete fog, you try to wipe your arse with your toothbrush and brush your teeth with toilet paper. Even though the sun is shining outside, everything looks dark to you and curling up in the foetal position,Continue reading “My Life and Executive Dysfunction”
Probably an article more suited to release a few weeks ago, around Valentine’s Day and all. I am writing this because I am currently doing an analysis of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” and I have realised that despite the fact that it is supposedly a romantic tale, despite the fact that it is supposedly aboutContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Love”