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Thoughts On Democratic Building

The UK is in a housing crisis. Wages are out of tandem with house prices. People are stuck in rent-reliance on the promise of one day buying their own mortgage. Were grocery prices like house prices, £450 would be the price of a week’s supermarket shop for a family of four. Some answers to this… [Read more]

Film As Philosophy: Epistemology In Memento

Philosophers Noel Carrol, Paisley Livingstone, Bruce Russell, and Murray Smith, have strong views about film. Russell and Livingstone consider film anathema to philosophy because film is about visual entertainment and philosophy about verbal argument. Smith fences film from wise study because film is vague where philosophy is rigorous. These claims are frankly silly. Visuals and… [Read more]

The London Science Museum, Cosmonauts, and Russians Making History

Introduction: An Alternative History Under scrutiny from Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the leader of the USSR space program, the Soviets landed the first probe on the moon in 1966. Soon after, in 1968, Korolev applied his innovative approach to space technology to sacrifice a rocket launch to static test the N1 rocket. Thus the Soviets famously… [Read more]

Is Anthropology Ethnocentric?

When the few colonial subjects of India, Africa, and the Caribbean went to British Empire London they found a world foreign and barbaric. These English people placed a magical belief in an old woman who was their demigod, paper and shiny coins were imbued with the ability to command; these peoples kept a popular delusion,… [Read more]

Why Sport Is Always Unfair

Gattaca came out in 1997. It is a movie about eugenics. The name Gattaca is a remixed word of the D.N.A bases guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine. The main character, Vincent, is born naturally, lacking the (by-then) routine personality editing all babies undergo. He struggles to compete in society because he needs contact lenses, and… [Read more]

Why Read Literary Fiction?

“I know more than I can express in words and the little I can express would not have been expressed had I not known more.” Vladimir Nabokov, Strong Opinions The reading age of an average adult in the UK is 13. The UK Literacy Trust says so. That’s the competence of a year nine, a… [Read more]

On “It’s so bad, that it’s good” Art

Good versus bad art is a dichotomy, that need not be played off against one another. But we all do play them off against each other in practice: in how we choose to exhibit or not exhibit pieces and how we spend institutional funding, taxes, and our time. A sense of worthwhile, memorable, pleasurable, meaningful,… [Read more]

Pleasure Videos and ASMR

The first time you felt the tingles, you never thought it was strange. At the time, tingles to you just meant some pleasant albeit peculiar sensation related to puberty. You had asked before if others felt hormones going up and down their legs, or as most often happens, down the cranium to the shins in… [Read more]

Playlist: A Brief History of British Rock

We have read about the the neuroscience of music and researched the songs that inspired The Beatles’ success. Now here is a brief, and happily biased, history of brilliant British rock. From the 60s British invasion bands The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Kinks, to psychedelic, Peter Green blues, to glam, progressive, punk, heavy metal,… [Read more]

14 Reasons To Leave The Internet

Live a year without the internet. Is that even possible, now? As happy as we are to speak of freedom, for you the idea of freeing yourself from your tendril of the world wide web, your phone, or your learned self-ambitions is no idea at all — no ‘choice’ at all. This is because, most often, people… [Read more]

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