The red herring that is “Article Processing Charges” or APC’s in open access scholarly publishing.

Lately much discussion has revolved around APC's and hybrid journals. The concern is understandable but the course of the discussion is not. It seems that common sense regarding business models has flown out the window into cuckoo land. I can understand that the commercial publishers want to create a distraction regarding business models so that they can continue to reap …

hgibsonThe red herring that is “Article Processing Charges” or APC’s in open access scholarly publishing.

The important things in life!!

A professor stood before his Philosophy 101 class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up …

hgibsonThe important things in life!!

About climate change

The sum argument of the climate deniers… Sheer stupidity. Read this banned article about climate deniers. Print PDF

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The perfect relationship – a modern day myth?

Miss K ‘the Mackrill’ he shot himself soon afterwards. “Why do we find the darkness so threatening? What is so inviting about the light that makes us shun the dark? If we all turned and faced it, I’m convinced that we would be so relieved to finally discover that the dark is not as threatening as it appears in our …

hgibsonThe perfect relationship – a modern day myth?

What makes a genius?, obviously not primarily IQ, although it helps. Print PDF

hgibsonWhat makes a genius?


Just to note, that I am glad 2013 is over.   Print PDF


What went wrong the “enlightenment”.

I am very grateful that the “enlightenment” allowed those who are admirers of open inquiry to be able to do just that… openly enquire without fear of condemnation. But looking at things in the world now in general, I am thinking that perhaps this form of inquiry should have been more deeply entrenched in higher education during the intervening period …

hgibsonWhat went wrong the “enlightenment”.

The duality of man

“Man is two men in one. One is awake in the darkness. The other asleep in the light.” Print PDF

hgibsonThe duality of man