If you haven’t heard, climate change is an existential problem and we need to do something about it. Yes, I really do mean existential – the existence of humans is literallyat risk. On this subject, I was lucky enough to hear Nicky Jones, a local freelance researcher and writer speak about climate change in the UK at … Continue reading Climate change – are we doing enough?
'Lost Connections' written by Johaan Hari made me cry, in the best possible way. Don't be put off by a fear this is a self-help manual intended to get you thinking about yourself. It is the opposite. It is a refreshingly accessible overview of key scientific studies highlighting the exaggeration of biological explanations of depression and … Continue reading ‘Lost Connections’ Book Review
I felt intellectually (perhaps ideologically...) hugged by this book. Not only because it shares my belief in human nature and what constitutes equality and fairness, but because it contained reams of evidence to support what a good idea Universal Basic Income (UBI) is. A good idea and an inevitability. A bit like the next Labour … Continue reading ‘Utopia for Realists’ Book Review
Considering human rights and the principle of proportionality when responding to terrorist threat.
Hillbilly Elegy written by J.D Vance is an interesting story about the life of an individual living in a part of the world I know nothing about, the Appalachian region of the United States of America. On the front cover of the book is a claim from a critics that the book is "profound... a … Continue reading ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Book Review
In my quest to work out if I really do want to return to study, I took a trip to the Arts & Social Science library at the University of Bristol this week. My method is simple; to pretend I'm a student to test if I want to enrol as one. That's possible with thanks … Continue reading Pretending to do an MSc
Doesn't sound very nice, does it? But I think it describes well enough what I need to do in this very first blog post; dump into words why this blog exists. My internal monologue is whirring faster than usual. By writing down my thoughts about things that pre-occupy my mind (which tend to be the … Continue reading Brain dump