A Brain Attic Blog

Not everything fits into the neat titles at the top of a landing page and ideas also evolve. My Brain Attic Blog therefore exists to underpin with extra content the proposals and discourse of the various titles in the blog itself.

In this Brain Attic you will find blog posts of content that has not found a place in the published material of my presentations or lectures, and yet which merit your attention. Much of this has been written since the original date of conception, but some is more ancient, having been considered unhelpful for inclusion in the more formalised works at the time.

Why the Brain Attic?

Simply because the material is not grand enough nor well-organised enough to be classed as a Sherlock Holmes’ style “Mind Palace”.  It is more a ragbag of ideas that are the flotsam and jetsam of my mind and indeed of my crazy butterfly life, presented in their organic and original reverse-jumbled order. This does not aid logic I know, but then there is no logic in the jumble of an attic, only history.

Mind you, not all jumble is trash, and I have not given up on the notion that one day this could become a mind palace. 🙂

What is a Mind Palace?

According to the Smithsonian online mag the Mind Palace is of ancient Greek origin:

“…the Greek poet Simonides of Ceos invented the technique after attending a banquet gone wrong. Simonides stepped outside to meet with two young men. But when he arrived outside, the young men were not there and the hall was collapsing behind him. Though his fellow banqueters were too badly crushed by the collapse for their remains to be identified, Simonides was supposedly able to put a name with each body based on where they had been sitting in the hall. That ability to remember based on location became the method of loci, also known as memory theater, the art of memory, the memory palace and mind palace.”

But my brain has so far never developed sufficient discipline to use the loci method and my Brain Attic blog is the result.

How to read the Brain Attic

  1. There may not be rooms, but you can interrogate the blog according to the category or tag cloud that heads each post , which will filter out subject matter irrelevant to your needs.
  2. Alternatively, interrogate the whole publications website, warts and all, by entering your search word or phrase via Sherlock’s magnifying glass (in the top right corner).
  3. Finally, if you want to go really crazy wild, then click on the title of this website and just keep reading the truly jumbled mess of my brain AS IT HAPPENED, most recent first.

Happy reading. Then tell me what you think!

PSSST! If you want something more ordered then click on The Blog Suites 😉 

8. Space or Place?

“Space is the opportunity; place is the understood reality” Re-Place-ing Space: The Roles of Place and Space in Collaborative Systems Steve Harrison & Paul Dourish, Xerox Research 1996


I hesitated a long time over whether to head this section Space or Place.

Place it seems to me is so much a marker for the human, a more natural way to begin this next important discussion. But I have chosen Space. Because it has an Imprecise vibration to it, an annoying, niggling way of just being. Continue reading “8. Space or Place?”

6. Empiricism

Empiricism mobilizes human effort to defeat the bewildering variety of locks that deny me access to understanding the inherent structures of the natural world. There is no more Imprecise way to prove a hypothetical point than the progressive refining of scientific query by empirical investigation preceding each stage, where science has delivered one more incremental increase in my ability to unify my natural and spiritual knowledge. Continue reading “6. Empiricism”

4. Work with the grain

Let’s pause for a contradiction.

Irritatingly for the Precise, not everything is complex even if everything is challenging, and there are situations where it is more Imprecise to want to work with the grain. Going with the grain makes it easier to work the raw material and I often get a smoother finish for less effort. Continue reading “4. Work with the grain”

1. The Comforts of Precision

Yet behind the successes of our engineers are scattered the remains of countless failed attempts at Precision, evidence of the seemingly intractable nature of chaos. In our desperation to attain the happy state of Precision, we seek out every ounce of Comfort that our feeble attempts at Precision can hold. Continue reading “1. The Comforts of Precision”