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Horizons

Introduction My wife, Sue, and I spent a delightful day, yesterday, with our grandchildren Ivy and Jolyon. We had a picnic at Malua Bay. Whilst we were there we were looking out to sea and we started talking about horizons and how far you can see. To our delight, as we were looking out to sea, we spotted whales playing just near enough to see splashing but far enough away not to recognise if they were humpbacks. Sue was a very good spotter and spent a lot of time directing Ivy and Jolyon's gazes to the splashes. The whales seemed to be...

Attention and Learning

This post about attention and learning started with some ideas stimulated by Noah Charney's novel The Art Thief (2007). I liked his suggestion that "logic and observation are universal tools ... that no one realises they have." In the novel he points out that students in the Yale University Medical School are required to visit the Yale Centre for British Art. This post from earlier this year provides the non-fiction account of this relationship.(This is a post from 2006. See too this article (2001) on the use of fine art to enhance visual diagnostic skills and this link to data...