Individualism and Gratitude in Higher Education 

Higher education can seem somewhat individualistic. I remember one academic comparing teaching to an egg box – where we are all connected but work in individual silos. The mass individualism which may settle in some departments and schools can corrupt the culture and environment of a sector which must influence and educate. I reflect on, but…

Shyness

Interacting with other people makes most people, if not all, uncomfortable at some level. Even the most gregarious and self-confident people are sensitive to and influenced by the opinions of others, especially the opinions others have about them. All of us want to be liked and loved. It is a basic human need. Even if…

Geometry, philosophy, triangles and music

Along with other mathematicians of the time, Pythagoras was largely responsible for introducing a more rigorous mathematics than what had gone before, building from first principles using axioms and logic. Prior to this, geometry for example, had been merely a collection of rules derived by empirical measurement. Pythagoras was interested in the principles of mathematics…