Scientific Santa

Xmas sleigh

Greetings! Here’s a thought to ponder on whilst having a drink and a mince pie…

No known species of reindeer can fly but it is estimated that there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and whilst most of these are insects and germs, this doesn’t completely rule out flying reindeer.  A clever person once said that you shouldn’t dismiss a thing just because you don’t know how it works – yet.  So let’s look at some statistics to see if at least this proposition is possible… Continue reading


Tree hugging now scientifically validated…

tree hug

… well that’s what it says in an article forwarded by ALS tutor, Noemi.

Research by Matthew Silverstone maintains that just being in the vicinity of a tree has a beneficial effect. Apparently, this is due to the way in which different vibrations affect our physiology. So, after all these years, it seems there was something in those old hippie vibes. Better dig out the kaftans and beads.

Seriously though, Silverstone offers scientific proof that keeping a close proximity to trees can help headaches, Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder, concentration levels, reaction times, depression and other forms of mental illness.

Throughout the book, the arguments are justified by reference to other studies, one of which claims that this natural therapy may be as effective as prescription drugs in the treatment of some mental health disorders.


If you don’t have a tree in your garden, pop over to Badbury Rings on the way to which you’ll pass through this beautiful avenue. On arrival, you can walk through or round the rings to a forest of ancient oaks. Lovely.

Thank-you to Noemi for inspiring us on this Monday morning.

Blinded by Science (2011) by Matthew Silverstone