Browsing Archives of Author »Brett Cherry«

Use of emotion words in books indicates trends in history and culture

March 20, 2013


Researchers from Tipping Points have for the first time tracked how words in British and American English books published in the 20th century correspond with historical and cultural trends. They categorised the words according to moods such as sadness, disgust, joy, fear and surprise. English language is well-known for its ‘mood words’. Anyone who reads […]

Are key climate science words going out of style?

November 16, 2012


Are words from climate science no longer as important in scientific, public and political forums as they once were? According to new research, keywords from climate science are being used less overall and are currently on a downward trend. Similar to pop music or designer clothes words go in and out of fashion over time. […]

Dr Nick Winder presents ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’

July 11, 2012


Dr Nick Winder gives a highly interesting talk on his paper ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’.  Who is Colluphid you might ask?  For those familiar with A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams you likely know the answer already.  Oolid Colluphid is a fictional author in the book who writes a philosophical trilogy: Where God […]

Biodiversity: The co-evolutionary relationship between humans and nature

July 4, 2012


Biodiversity is not only key to the survival of the human species, but the entire planet.  It is known as one of the most important drivers of global environmental change.  Anyone with appreciation for diversity of wildlife where they live for example understands the importance of biodiversity to non-human communities, but it is also essential […]

A tipping point in the haystack

July 3, 2012


Wide range of talks yesterday about business, financial products, banking, complexity theory, social trends and mathematical modelling and of course many other topics.  Certainly can’t cover all of the sessions I’ve seen in one post, but it’s fair to say that the tipping point metaphor is capable of drawing a broad interest into how trends […]

Earth tipping points?

June 29, 2012


How do you identify tipping points before they occur?  This question is being asked by many scientists including those in the Tipping Points project about how early warning signals could be detected before a system – a biological, climate or even economic one – tips into an entirely different state.  Many researchers are concerned that […]

‘Beyond the Tipping Point?’ Event: A Review

May 4, 2012


Does ‘tipping point’ cause people to view climate change proactively?  Does it help them feel they are able to do something about it or is it apocalyptic, simply another way of expressing the end?  This was one of several topics discussed after a film screening hosted by IHRR’s Tipping Points project — a dedicated group […]

Beyond the Tipping Point? Conversations on Climate, Action and the Future

April 17, 2012


Tipping Points will be hosting a screening of the documentary Beyond the Tipping Point?, a film about how the metaphor ‘tipping point’ is used to frame discussion about climate change.  It is a thought-provoking documentary about how tipping point is used to convey the world’s response to the environmental impacts of climate change now and […]

Malcolm Gladwell talks about tipping points in 2011

January 19, 2012


An interesting yet also perhaps provocative interview with Malcolm Gladwell on the CBC.  Gladwell talks about a range of high-profile topics from the Occupy movement to the current debt crisis and the riots in London.  About the Occupy street protests in New York and other parts of the US, Gladwell says ‘…without a real leader […]

The spread of minority beliefs

September 2, 2011


A study from the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York State, USA analysed the influence of committed minority beliefs on populations.  Researchers found that once the minority beliefs of a population pushes beyond 10 percent it rapidly decreases the amount of time needed for the belief to […]


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