'Sideways Look' Blog

Lost in the Mail

Thank you for asking me to comment on the attached manuscript by Lorkipanidze et al.

A Pioneer Who Deserves More Recognition

If you are in an aircraft that is landing at London Heathrow Airport from the east (i.e., approaching over London) and you are sitting on the left side of the ‘plane, and 

Publications That (Should Have) Made a Difference: No. 3. 'Thinking Outside the Box'

If you go to a meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) and make your way to the bar around 6pm an elderly but sprightly gentleman in a full white beard will be dining

A Fly on the Wall

I have spent much of the summer (but not as much as I should have done) going through the entries in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and editing them into a f

Peer-Review: An Endangered 'Species'?

In the old days one of the “perks” of being medically-qualified in the UK was that if you or your family were sick, colleagues would bend-over-backwards to make sure you or your family

Whither the Peer-Review System?

My first real non-clinical job was as a very junior lecturer in the Anatomy Department of The Middlesex Hospital Medical School.

An Unrepentant Prescriptivist

The New Yorker is a constant source of delight. If a person finds nothing of interest to read or look at in an issue you should check their vital signs.

Fruits of Browsing: No. 4. "A Feisty Spat"

I bought a copy of Wilfrid Le Gros Clark’s autobiography, Chant of Pleasant Exploration, when I was a junior doctor, but I was pleased to see a very clean copy in a secondhand b

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Consider this thought experiment. You spend many years of your life preparing to be the first person to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Guide to Academic Life

Never pass down an opportunity to visit the UC Irvine campus. It does not have history on its side, but it beats Oxford and Cambridge hands down for climate.