Rescuing Fiction | The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of all Time by K. W. Colyard

When I saw the title of this post by K.W. Colyard, I felt my usual reaction of mild curiosity mixed with scepticism. A reader of SF since the 1950s, I've found most commentary of this kind disappointingly superficial, and sometimes outright wrong. What a surprise was in store for me. Kristian Wilson Colyard is an … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of all Time by K. W. Colyard

Rescuing Fiction | Hemingway’s lost stories | Where are they now?

Do you know the story about Hemingway's lost stories? How his wife Hadley, when he asked her to bring all his manuscript drafts to Trieste where he was reporting on an international conference for the Toronto Star, accidentally lost the suitcase containing them in a railway station? The suitcase was never found. For a long … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | Hemingway’s lost stories | Where are they now?

Rescuing psychology | The Big Five Personality Traits | Shouldn’t it be the Big Ten?

Let's look at the enigmatic “Big Five Personality Traits" again. They aren't new. The idea began in United States Air Force in the 1950s, then psychologist J.M. Digman proposed the "five factor model" of personality in 1990. Human resource departments in large corporations have been using it for a long time to assess potential employees. … Continue reading Rescuing psychology | The Big Five Personality Traits | Shouldn’t it be the Big Ten?