the liminal life blog



The genesis of us: a genome unraveled

Science writer Carl Zimmer had his entire genome sequenced and analyzed. In a special feature series in Stat News, he reports on his intriguing dive into the genes that make up the person he is.

(animation: Dom Smith)

Picture this: what the blind mind sees

Aphantasia is as mystifying as its name itself. People with this condition are unable to visualize things, let alone the people they love. Continue reading “Picture this: what the blind mind sees”

Present tenseless

Wired just published an incredibly intriguing long read on Susie McKinnon, a woman who literally lives in the present. Continue reading “Present tenseless”

Uncovering and discovering

Law Professor Kenji Yoshino – who studies why we “cover” certain aspects of our identity when interacting with others – Continue reading “Uncovering and discovering”

Project Identity

This year, the BBC has launched a very interesting project, exploring the question of what we identify with and how we see ourselves. Continue reading “Project Identity”

The real you?

Is there something unique that defines who we are, that sets us apart from other people? Continue reading “The real you?”

Same same but different


How can we be so different from who we were as a child, and yet still be the same person? Continue reading “Same same but different”


It is as simple as confounding a question that has intrigued people from antiquity to the present: who am I? Continue reading “Been/becoming/being/be”

Tussen man en vrouw

Hoe is het als je verschijning – zowel bij jezelf als bij anderen – tot verwarring leidt? Continue reading “Tussen man en vrouw”

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