Making Smart Cities Smarter

A video presentation relating to the new frontier for sustainability science

I feel that the content in this two hour presentation is very important for those who care to better understand how future urban  environmental development may occur. This is perhaps more so in respect to what many people see as the emergent global climate change phenomenon.

She received a young man’s heart and was never the same again

An amazing story about a woman who was a heart transplant recipient and received a young man’s heart. She even started walking like a man afterwards

I quote from a Daily Mail online newspaper article dated 2008. I acknowledge that the article is nearly twelve years old, however because the article is straightforward to read I feel that it deserves to become a blog in its own right.


“So can elements of a person’s character – or even their soul – be transplanted along with a heart?  One woman who believes this to be the case is CLAIRE SYLVIA, a divorced mother of one. She was 47 and dying from a disease called primary pulmonary hypertension when, in 1988, she had a pioneering heart-lung transplant in America. She was given the organs of an 18-year-old boy who had been killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in Maine. Claire, a former professional dancer, then made an astonishing discovery: she seemed to be acquiring the characteristics, and cravings, of the donor.”

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Also see:

Can a heart transplant change your identity?

Many people may know that the “magic” of fractal geometry plays an important role in medicine

This is  story about fractals and their contribution to biology and medicine

This blog is a copy of the article cited below. Being a medical related item it is complex to read. However, if you find it broadly interesting I suggest that you conduct your own research into how fractal mathematics manifest themselves into not only our body parts but also the wider world around us as well. The ‘magic’ of fractal mathematics demonstrates how we might be linked to what ever infinity is possible to be. Visually on utube they are beautiful to see as well.

This is the scientific article for you to consider.

About fractals and Benoit Mandelbrot

Understanding the secrets of universal reality

How did we get here – a BBC documentary video about how the universe evolved in the manner that it has

Despite its age it is one of the most amazing physics videos that I have ever seen. It is not too difficult to follow either. I feel that if you can take the time to watch it you will think about the wider world around us in quite a different manner than you might have in the past.

A simple metaphor to encourage you to think about life

I wrote this metaphor  twenty five years ago. I see its as being representative of not only how I thought about life and its meaning then but it largely remains so to this day as well.


“One cabin boy speaks.

Life can be likened to being on board a very large majestic cruise liner. Pleasures abound everywhere if they are sought, as are angst’s if rendered the scope to to similarly intrude. Immaturity, passion, neglect, perpetual searching for excitement and adventure, and others – all ensure this.

So complete freedom to access the ship with its multitudinous dark mysterious corridors is ours; as is our ability to assess the nobility, or otherwise, of all fellow travellers and other life creatures. Within this apparent limitless opportunity, however, there is but two seemingly non-negotiable exclusions.

Both the engine room and wheel house controlling rudder functions are, by architectural design, well out of bounds to all except a ruthlessly persistent, select few. Even they cannot unduly influence the massive machines of propulsion and control. Powerful motors and unseen systems keep whirling away. The guiding hand of the chief engineer and originating architect are nowhere to be found. The cruise carries on even when we are long beyond mere remnant remains.”

John R