Bernie Sanders and the Fight Against Political Apathy

During a recent Q and A event, American presidential nominee Bernie Sanders was confronted by a young man and asked a question that typifies the political apathy of modern youth. The young man was previously asked by a friend in the crowd if he would ever consider working at Bernie’s office, to which he replied ...

Modern Life: A Consciouscly Celebrated Materialism

The anthropologist David Graeber has this idea that culture has been relabelled as consumption. So: what were formerly the traits of the hippies, the principles: free love, free expression, peace not war and so on, have been replaced by the traits of the hipsters: buying iphones, buying jeans, buying into tech start-ups and technological industries. ...

How Physical Proximity (and Social Psychology): Can Prevent Racism, Sexism and Discrimination in Our Society

In previous centuries divisions of society were mended and band-aided by communal meeting areas: Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and other religious and civic halls. The decline of religion, or at least the decline of religious attendance, has seen the decline of these common meeting places for the collective consciousness of mankind. No longer can you strike ...

The Media, Moral Rage and Moral Condemnation

Reading the letters of old writers and poets from previous centuries, you get the sense that they knew the ‘big events’ happening in the world at the time. These days, those "big events" are screened into our houses everyday, yet somehow we seem less capable of taking it all in. It is as if in the ...

Why Does Society Divide Itself Into Smaller Categories of People Over Time? (In-Group and Out-Group Formation)

We are born without prejudice. Ask a baby if he hates any particular person and he will stare at you, blink occasionally and eventually (as is the norm for someone his age) burst into tears –not because of a profound distaste for the idea of hatred- but because of a need for food, security or ...

How to Combat Schadenfreude, or Enjoying The Pain of Others

Due to evolution, when our enemy is hurt, we celebrate. When our enemy is killed, we chant in the streets. When many of our enemies are killed we declare: "mission accomplished" on an aircraft carrier. Survival of our 'tribe' mandates joy at the death of our enemies just as it mandates sadness at the death ...

History of a Sketch During War: A View of the Taking of Quebec (1759)

In 1759 General James Wolfe launched a daring British offensive up the St. Lawrence River to attack the robustly fortified city of Quebec, the heart of French colonialism in North America. General Wolfe would later die at the battle (depicted here). Hailed as the “battle that won Canada”, the ensuing battle on the Plains of ...

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