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A scientific re-evaluation of humans: health, history and happiness.
Source: Delphine Ducaruge

I was one of those people that thought that being in lockdown would trigger hyperproductivity: it didn’t. As many others found, I was victim to motivational inertia when it came to writing. Working for a full-on growing startup in the corner of my bedroom every day meant it was difficult to sit down to more computer, and more writing, in the same spot in the evenings. I was still very active, ploughing my time into getting properly fit for the first time (going from unable to run 100m to now 2x5k a week), organising an event in the summer, and…


Image by Fran Rodríguez

As the decade of 2010–2020 begins to retreat behind us and we cast our mind back to it, there were many cultural, political and economic changes that defined it. In an age where many young Westerners had to accept the fact that the parental optimism projected on them was unlikely to manifest and uncertainty and insecurity become the norm. Older generations, comfortably settled and looking forward to retirement, were targeted by manipulative media to stoke fears of liberalism and foreigners. …


Originally published as a monthly digest at thekykeon.com

At the beginning of this month, squeezed in a weekend before the end of one job and the beginning of another, I trooped up to Madingley Hall in Cambridge for a two-ay course studying mushrooms and fungi with a fantastic tutor called Patrick Harding. I was told ahead of time that there would be a few other courses on at the time: Tudor Portraiture, Skeleton Keys and the Agricultural Revolution. …


Off the bat an apology — evidently I have failed to deliver a September digest, and I’m skipping straight to October. I’m not even entirely sure I have a good excuse as I had all of the content for it — but it was a bit gloomy and depressing and conspiracy theory (even for me). I may still yet retroactively post it.

I suppose it was a busy couple of months — I turned 31, got a new job and quit my old one, picked up some consultancy work, met some of my mushroom heroes, brewed an excellent first batch…


On a run the other morning, I was raking through thoughts on a series of situations I had recently found myself in. I had responded in a particular way which was confusing to me, and I was trying to unpick exactly why I had gone down that route. Was it the right one? Was I ever in control of the situation, able to judge appropriately the situation and pick the right outcome? Might have I even been duping myself of the realities of the situation, failing to understand how I actually felt about it?

Stopping to note in my phone…


Illustration by the wonderful Kerry Squires

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published this autumn, the number of people in the US suffering from Alzheimer’s will almost triple in the space of 40 years, from 5 to almost 14 million. People are now surviving diseases such as cancer and heart disease thanks to ever-advancing developments in healthcare, and more are living into old age. With a larger elderly population, the number of people going on to develop Alzheimer’s also increases.

Is this an inevitability we have to accept? …

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