There's more to life than work...

...as I'm sure you all know. Traditionally in this section of the web page people list what the enjoy doing outside of work hours. That's a long, long, list, probably not of much interest to many, so let me say that I also enjoy swimming in the surf, bushwalking, debate, working on my old Queenslander, and, as anyone who knows me could tell you, reading. Just about any topic will do, particularly if I can read on a hot day, sprawled out in a squatters chair in the breeze, with a cold drink beside me, and the cricket and a thousand demented lorikeets in the background...

Aside from the physical sciences, another long-standing intellectual passion of mine is natural history, particularly the evolutionary, paleontological and anthropological branches. When I first wrote this back in the mid-90s, I recommended the following books as a thought-provoking launch pad—"The Future Eaters", by Tim Flannery; "Guns,Germs & Steel", by Jared Diamond; "The Red Queen", by Matt Ridley; and "The Language Instinct", by Steven Pinker—but of course there have been many wonderful books since then! Pick some of them up, they will probably change your Weltanschauung. (Which sounds rude, but it isn't.)

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