Perth Leadership Institute - Latest blog entries Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:41:44 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Smoking 2.0: Will second-hand vaping lead to mass nicotine addiction?
Just saw an article that claims that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking . They were, it was reported, twice as effective as gum or patches. Beautiful right? But what about the fact that these people didn’t quit imbibing nicotine? They just switched to another method which is less likely to give them lung cancer. This study by the way was publish...]]> (etedprince) Health Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:30:10 +0000
Do black holes affect personality?
Do black holes affect personality? I guess black holes are cool and fashionable right now, at least to judge by the volume of black holes news being fed to me online these days. So, I feel the need to write about black holes, not that I know the slightest thing about them. But who cares, I say. And the news, such as it might go by that name, is get...]]> (etedprince) Neuroscience Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:29:45 +0000
What’s the strategy if we never find a cure for Alzheimer’s?
I posted on Alzheimer’s early last year (“ We urgently need a Manhattan Project for Alzheimer's! ”). My thesis was that we needed more out-of-the-box thinking. So far there’s no public hints of that happening either in the scientific community or the NIH. (OK, flash release: interesting research linking gum disease with Alzheimer’s , but still way ...]]> (etedprince) Health Sat, 26 Jan 2019 14:59:51 +0000
AI creates weapons of mass deception!
Voice control is hot. Amazon announced a voice-controlled microwave late last year, in fact it actually works with Alexa, the belle that everyone wants to take to the ball. But voice stuff even now is getting to be passé. Sure, Alexa can take orders and give you replies to everyday questions. But what if Alexa knew if you were angry, skeptical or e...]]> (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 19 Jan 2019 17:10:38 +0000
Are Big Data and happiness incompatible?
I don’t have to tell you that Big Data is hot. Almost Godly really. And happiness is a perennial as old as mankind itself. Wouldn’t it be nice if they both played nice together? Why shouldn’t they anyway? These thoughts come from after reading a book by Mo Gawdat, Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy . The author is a Google executive and the...]]> (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 12 Jan 2019 13:52:21 +0000
There’s a way to solve the health problem of living alone!
You might have associated UK Prime Minister Teresa May with BREXIT. But she has another distinction. She appointed the first Minister for Loneliness ever in the UK early in 2018 . At the time I thought it was a weird idea. That shows you how little I know. The current fashionable buzz is about living alone and loneliness. The concern is that living...]]> (etedprince) Health Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:25:26 +0000
Can willpower be developed through exercise?
Science says you can be 30 years younger, read on! As a runner I keep my eyes out for uplifting articles on the effects of exercise. So recently I was greatly uplifted by this one: “ Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger ”. And no, it wasn’t an ad, it was published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, by researchers at Ba...]]> (etedprince) Health Sat, 22 Dec 2018 13:35:26 +0000
Does nose breathing enhance cognitive performance?
This sounds a little weird right? But the research I am talking about has been  published in a respectable journal ( Journal of Neuroscience 22 October 2018, 3360-17 ) by a group of bona fide researchers in Sweden. So, let’s take it on trust for the moment. The research tested two groups, one of which breathed through the mouth and the other throug...]]> (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:38:36 +0000
Will quantum computers kill AI as we know it?
Sigh, I can’t help taking aim at AI. It’s just so fashionable and politically correct. Ask anyone in leadership positions in politics or the private sector what the future is, and they will all tell you seriously it’s all AI, OF COURSE. I have this pressing need to knock down shibboleths, even it they are good ones. So here goes. Here’s my question...]]> (etedprince) Technology Sat, 08 Dec 2018 12:57:21 +0000
BREXIT is just a sideshow – the main act is European disintegration
It looks like BREXIT is a mess. It’s fiendishly complicated. I already posted on this in 2016 (“ BREXITed - UK Gain, EU Pain ”). My thesis was that BREXIT would hurt the EU far more than the UK. Now I’ve had more time to consider the issue what’s my lowly opinion now? My opinion last time concerned the short-term, what would happen in the next 5 ye...]]> (etedprince) Government Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:05:42 +0000
The California wildfires - Stay in your car in a wildfire – don’t get out of it!
The fires in California are tragic with a huge loss of life. I grew up in Australia in the bush and we used to get a lot of bushfires. They are very scary of course but the Australians have built up a hard core of safety knowledge based on bitter experience . I am doing this blog as a public service because I am surprised that none of that experien...]]> (etedprince) Uncategorized Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:33:10 +0000
Two wheels good, four wheels bad (as long as they’re octonionic)
It seems that Americans, especially millennials don’t want to drive any more or own cars. Part of the problem is that the average commuter spends three times as much time in their annual commuting that they do on vacation. Hmmm but how about those Teslas? But I get it. Muscle cars are out; electric vehicles are in. Metrosexuals for EVs right? But h...]]> (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:34:56 +0000
Ban tourism to slow down climate change?
You’ve no doubt heard that Venice is flooding due to climate change. Now we know that it’s also being flooded by tourists. As a result, the locals are leaving as the tourists ruin the city with too many people. A similar thing is happening in other tourist cities of the world. Santorini, the Forbidden City, Florence and so on an on. Tourism is rapi...]]> (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:05:08 +0000
The imminent Great Global Final Biological Collapse; can reverse gene drives prevent it?
That sounds like an overly alarmist headline, right? So get this: “ Hyper alarming’ study shows massive insect loss ”. Apparently over the past 20 years insect populations have declined on average 50% and in some cases even higher. We’re all seeing it. Have you noticed that these days the number of love bugs plastered over your windscreen and headl...]]> (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 03 Nov 2018 11:39:46 +0000
Are those missing aliens lurking in the hidden dimensions of string theory?
Another day another UFO. Did you see the report that one was seen over Myrtle Beach in August of this year? Hmmm, Fox News, maybe it’s fake news? But then again, maybe not. You might have also noticed that three navy pilots tracked a seeming UFO late last year using Raytheon radar mounted in US navy fighter jets. This report was carried by Raytheon...]]> (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 27 Oct 2018 03:20:47 +0000
Are fruits and veggies bad for you?
In the category of believe it or not: “ Zoo Weans Animals Off Fruit Because Its Increased Sugar Makes Them Fat and Rots Their Teeth” . BTW the zoo is in Melbourne, Australia. Are these Aussies crazy politically correct, or just plain crazy?  Full disclosure: I’m a card (viz. passport) -carrying Australian. As in Fosters, Australian for beer. G’ day...]]> (etedprince) Health Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:20:39 +0000
A Turing test for AIs that have passed the Turing test
You know the Turing test, right? You communicate with a computer by typing and it must guess if you’re a human or an AI. The test has been run for many years. Usually the humans have won but the AIs are catching up. So now some inventive academics (yep, they even exist) have devised a new Turing test; instead of doing a typed conversation you just ...]]> (etedprince) Neuroscience Sat, 06 Oct 2018 12:21:48 +0000
Mental health needs disruption on a massive scale!
It's estimated that 20% of Americans have a mental disorder of some kind; BTW that’s 44 million people. Around 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental disorder and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness. Another 20% of State prisoners has mental disorder. Nearly 1 in 2 people – that’s all of us now - will suffer f...]]> (etedprince) Health Sat, 29 Sep 2018 13:09:25 +0000
Is vaping actually a medical breakthrough?
If you’re a teen, or even a tween, not to mention over the hill in  your 20s, you will know that vaping is cool ; in fact way cool dude. The King of the Hill in this neck of the cottonfields is Juul , the maker of the market-leading e-cigarette. Of course, it was too good to last. The spoilsports in the FDA not to mention States legal eagles are co...]]> (etedprince) Health Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:32:30 +0000
Wrinkle recognition?
Facial recognition is hot now. The software is now so good it’s being used for crime prevention and apprehension by law agencies. This is leading to a revolution in law and order as we speak. Did you see the research that links particular types of wrinkles to heart disease? Apparently, these wrinkles are a good predictor. So, what I’m wondering is ...]]> (etedprince) Health Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:42:20 +0000