About

I started this blog as a way to think out loud about realisations I make as I journey through my late twenties. As a medic, I don’t often get a chance for uninterrupted reflection, but when I do, I really cherish it.

Back in 2010, my passion for writing burst through the rigid boundaries of my medical student lifestyle focused around biochemistry textbooks and pulled me to into writing literary essays, subsequently resulting in the creation of Ireland’s favourite secondary school website led by me and other former students in the 0.1% centile.

It took me a long time to confess this to myself, as it didn’t quite fit with the stethoscope and bleep, but I enjoy writing about philosophy from first principles, not just to be analytical or help people with their exams.

I have discovered much about human nature with our cognitive quirks and paradoxical behavioural patterns through my writing. Much of what I think about challenges the assumptions of the culture we live in – not for the sake of it and often in a way I (exhaustedly) wish it didn’t, for example, attitudes to employment, what is important and what it means live a good life. Some of these realisations seem scary, but they also appear to cross the minds of many in my generation. Rather than just brushing these off, it made sense to crystallise my thoughts here for anyone’s perusal.

About Martina

metacognition awareness of thinking
Cherry blossoms on college grounds are another love of mine. Here’s a recipe for good thinking: sit under a cherry tree in Trinity near the rose garden, preferably when a young fox is rustling in the bushes. It works.