Alexander F. Brown

Alex is an Anglo-Italian with a profound love for his spiritual home of the Golfo dei Poeti. Despite most people thinking he was a ‘humanities’ person at school in Cambridge, he walked into UCL one day by mistake and, following capture, is now on the verge of obtaining a PhD in molecular neuroscience. Now freed again, he plans to move into scientific writing. He will use this blog to write about his many cultural and philosophical interests, which means there will eventually be one about cricket.

Alexander F. Brown

Author, Linguistic Editor

Alex's articles:

The House of Cards: on meeting Randy Schekman

A reflection upon Culturico’s interview with Professor Randy Schekman about the growing open-access movement in the biological sciences, and what it means for the future of scientific publishing.

Sir F. M. M. Worrell and the moral value of sport

In 1960, Frank Worrell became the first full-time black cricket captain of the West Indies following a sustained journalistic campaign organised by the Trinidadian intellectual C. L. R. James. The event itself, as well as the character of the people involved, demonstrate how sport can become a battleground for moral issues, becoming cherished as something more than ‘just’ a game.

Visions of reality: the problem of experience in science

Scientific discovery is grounded in our experience. But is there something about our experience that is not quantifiable? This article explores the history of the debate surrounding the compatibility of lived experience with scientific data. How the different visions of reality presented in these debates are balanced in our culture will affect the very way that life itself is lived and understood.

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