In this month's brief encounter, the brain surgeon says we have to be optimistic about the futureby Prospect Team / April 16, 2018 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
First news event you can recall?
I have never thought about this before. It is fascinating to realise how little awareness I had of the outside world when I was a child. Rather to my surprise I cannot consciously recall any news events before the age of 12. I think I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 but the memory is vague and there has been much research showing the fallibility of memory, and the ease with which we believe false memories. Kennedy’s death in 1963—the old cliché—I remember very clearly.
The book you are most embarrassed you have never yet read?
I am embarrassed by the very large number of books on my bookshelves which I have not read. I find it very hard not to buy at least one book every time I enter a bookshop. The road to hell is paved with unread books. There are too many to list!
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?