“We must be careful not to confuse data with the abstractions we use to analyse them.”

— William James (American philosopher)

Abstraction is a human superpower. It’s thinking, sideways. The process that enables us to condense complex, multipart objects into simpler blueprints. With abstraction, we can automate the boring stuff…


“You are not going to get rich renting out your time…”

— Naval Ravikant (entrepreneur)

Jamey Johnson’s country song The Dollar might just break your heart.

A young boy learns about the working world. He learns that grown-ups exchange some of their true freedom in order to regularly pay the…


“When we make a beginning, we get out of our own way and allow the angels to come in and do their job.”

— Steven Pressfield (author)

Big ideas need small actions. So, how do we get started on those ambitious goals without being scared off?

Bob Wiley’s life is…


“It takes more than one human brain to create a human mind.”

— Lisa Feldman Barrett (neuroscientist, psychologist, and author)

Depending on where you’re from, expressing a particular emotion is harder than you might think. It’s even harder to spot that emotion in someone else.

The artist Oskar Zwintscher once…


“Don’t be content with things as they are. The earth is yours and the fulness thereof. Enter upon your inheritance, accept your responsibilities.”

— Winston Churchill (author, British Prime Minister)

Whilst remembrance is, first and foremost, a chance to mourn and mend, it is so much more. Remembrance ensures that…


“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”

— Seth Godin (author, marketer, teacher)

Around 4 hours per day.

That’s the average amount of time that we are strapped to a smartphone, scrolling through our screens. And here comes the inevitable projection:

4 hours per day…


This article was originally published in the October 2020 edition of The Chemical Engineer magazine. As part of Marc’s work at Pre-Site Safety, the article also appears in episode 5 of the Pre-Site Podcast. You can listen along with the YouTube version below.

In the autumn of 2011, a light…


“How pleasant is the sound of even bad music and bad motives when we are setting out to march against an enemy!”

— Friedrich Nietzsche (German philosopher)

Diversity of thought is good for innovation, but game-changing ideas don’t come by adhering unwaveringly to one train of thought. …


“One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.”

— Bertrand Russell (British philosopher)

It’s hard to know where to turn for reliable guidance. The Information Age makes every day…


If you don’t like the current arc in the story of you, what would you rather it be?

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist and philosopher)

Macabre walks through graveyards help peel away the stress from our mortal coil. …

Dr Marc Reid

Academic Scientist | Author | Entrepreneur

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