“Like silt deposited on the cogs of a finely tuned machine after the seawater of a tsunami recedes, our experiences, and those of our forebears, are never gone, even if they have been forgotten. They become a part of us, a molecular residue holding fast to our genetic scaffolding. The DNA remains the same, but psychological and behavioral tendencies are inherited. You might have inherited not just your grandmother’s knobby knees, but also her predisposition toward depression caused by the neglect she suffered as a newborn.” – Discover magazine reviews the new field of behavioural epigenetics

And an episode of horizon on the topic, albeit becoming dated in what is a fast moving field…

On the more positive side, Dr. Peeke gives us a jolly and light introductory talk, positively suggesting that your mind, mouth and muscle can act to change the influence of your genes – oh and Eat More Kale

It’s the inequality, stupid

“It’s inequality, stupid. It’s inequality that is behind poverty, ill-health and the growth of the welfare bill. It’s inequality propelling the escalating demand for credit. It’s inequality that has created our fragile banking system and its still feral proclivities. It’s inequality that has provoked the collapse in productivity, and the stagnation in innovation and investment – evident before the financial crisis and even more so now.” – Will Hutton has a quality inequality rant

Others, including the Equality Trust, are also trying to place inequality at the forefront of the argument about economic recovery

“The world’s wealthiest people aren’t known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe – who between them control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together – could squeeze onto a single double-decker.” – Oxfam points out that inequality is getting ridiculous

Blue Monday

AN 11-year-old Indian brick-kiln worker has admitted he’s unaware that this is the most depressing day of the year. He said: “Probably things will stay pretty consistent for me in a hard-manual-labour, grinding-poverty kind of way until I die aged about 45. Which also means I don’t need to stress about pensions. Anyway I really hope you guys are ok. Just try to stay positive, I guess.”
(The Daily Mash)