29 December 2010

Knowing Your Cohorts

If you were to identify the main characteristics you have in common with particular types of people, would you refer to those people as belonging to your cohort?

17 December 2010

In Pursuit of Truth

Sometimes, truth can be found in the most unexpected places. 

13 December 2010

Is Nomenclature a Nuisance?

You may know that I live in a town in Australia I call "Dorothea", though I have yet to meet anyone else who calls it that.

If you are in London, you may call it Londres if you are French or Spanish, or Londra if you are Italian. You may live in London in England or London in Ontario, or one of several towns of that name in the United States.

24 November 2010

Naming or Shaming?

Do some people call you by a name you dislike? If so, why do they do it?

13 November 2010

The Real World

During your life, have you made much progress in understanding what is real and what is not?

27 October 2010

Another You

Are you consciously aware of being an undivided person?

06 October 2010

A Great Feast of Languages

Can a multitude of languages unite humanity far better, and more peacefully, than one universal language?

Even as a native English speaker, I find so many variations in the way people speak, write and perceive my mother tongue that perhaps even English is more than one language in its current usage.

05 October 2010

All The World's A Stage

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has become, to posterity, quite a mysterious and fascinating man. Was he born in this house?

Can we ever be sure about the contents of his biography? How much of his work is the fruit of collaboration and which aspects of it are truly of his own, unique making?

02 June 2010

Introverts Are Cool

In mainstream Western culture, there is a prevailing extroversion. This may be because extroverts are the public face of humanity for much of the time, especially through the media.

28 May 2010

The Poetry of Personality

.Some writers have the wonderful ability to shape a fictional character in a rounded and lifelike way. Think of Shakespeare, for example.

10 May 2010

The Most Popular Given Names

Do you have a name that is shared by rather a lot of other people? Are you, or any of your friends, called Via?

07 May 2010

Neanderthal Friends

. How many of your friends have Neanderthal genes?

02 May 2010


There are several good reasons to use a name other than your usual one, but only when it is appropriate to do so. 

15 April 2010

Super Banana Woman

Do you worry about your waistline even though you are in a healthy weight range?

16 March 2010

Environment and Genetics

For many years, I have been interested in the connections between health, environment and genetic disorders. The complexities involved in such topics are often overwhelming.

I would never want to be described in terms of a disease or disability. It is why I do not treat other people that way. Many labels limit our humanity, yet our environment and genes can highlight our vulnerability.

How much of your life is connected with conditions in your environment, for example its climate, pollutants, and resources?

How much of your life is influenced by the condition of your genes?

I frequently ask myself the two questions above and find it very difficult to find clear answers.

05 March 2010

Cultural Identity

.What does the word "culture" mean to you?

03 March 2010

Fronts and Face Values

How do you know when someone is who they say they are?

02 March 2010

Australian Passports are Precious

Since becoming an Australian citizen in the early 1990s, I have been able to travel on two passports. My UK passport expired a few years ago and I have not yet renewed it as I prefer to travel on my Australian one.

07 February 2010

Reflecting on Identity Again

I have been enjoying reading some of my earliest blog post, from about a year ago.

03 February 2010

The Gender Agenda

One of the reasons I use the pseudonym "Via" here is because it gives me a creative outlet for the feminine and historic sides of my character.

21 January 2010

World Class and Social Class

The topic of social class is often a divisive one, in more ways than one.

16 January 2010

Origins of Family Names

Do you know the origin of your family name?

09 January 2010

Respecting Limits

When people lack social awareness, they often ignore limits or treat them as a source of confusion. Individuals who believe they have no limits usually have inflated egos. Deflating those egos can make them angry and may even lead to most acts of aggression.

Misunderstandings can lead to perceptions of disrespect. We disrespect limits when we cross their boundaries.

01 January 2010

Who Am I?

Welcome to a new year of By Any Other Name.

"Who am I?"  Is  that question you ask yourself?