Opinion: How We are Flawed, and What We Must do to Fix it

Evolution is the process that defines life as it is. It shapes every living creature, and allows them to thrive in their environment by culling the unfit and poorly adapted from the population. This, in effect, cleanses the gene pool by depriving the weak the right to reproduce, and therefore allowing the species a better chance for survival. Homo sapien, like every creature before it, and most likely every creature after it, has been sculpted and whittled into a survivalist juggernaut by this very process. However, the human species has adapted to such a degree that the usually razor sharp scalpel of natural selection has been dulled… continue reading →

Opinion: Double Standards

With the bloody conflict in Libya drawing to a close, Western media attention seems to be focusing on the situation in Syria. But while some revolutions have managed to gain the spotlight, others have been ignored. While blood flows on the streets of Damascus and Homs, anti-government protests continue in both Yemen and Bahrain, and both revolutions have been brutally suppressed. Yet when Gaddafi killed protestors on the streets of Benghazi, the violence was condemned, and before long, NATO had begun its operations in Libya. Is it then that the plights of the Bahraini and Yemeni peoples are less important than those of Libyans and Syrians? That is simply not true… continue reading →

Opinion: Dominionism – A Peek into Radical American Politics

For the past year, press reports have been ablaze with reports of the stagnation of the American political system. Even the most mundane issues are contested as a partisan affair. The floor of Congress has been degraded to something comparable to a primary school playground, with all of its petty rivalries, grudges, temper tantrums, backhanded compliments, and two faced agreements. Almost any player or bystander of the world stage will agree: America is quickly becoming a bastion of radical politics, some of which is outright ridiculous and others quite dangerous… continue reading →

Opinion: Everything is the Same as Everything

“We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls. We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything.” -Gautama Buddha

Watching the TED talk posted on this website a while ago, Mike’s admirable cyclical stance towards waste made me consider how relevant some of the Buddha’s teachings are today. Take the above concept as an example. If we truly believed this, which is not hard, seeing as in sub-atomic terms we are, then we would as humans no longer face many of the problems psychologically that lead us to damage ourselves and the world around us.

If you considered the plants as the same as us… continue reading →

Food for Thought: The Internet in Society

RSA Animate – The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

Does the internet actually inhibit, not encourage democracy? In this new RSA Animate adapted from a talk given in 2009, Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics.

Exposing some idealistic myths about freedom and technology (during Iran’s ‘twitter revolution’ fewer than 20,000 Twitter users actually took part), Evgeny argues for some realism about the actual uses and abuses of the internet.

Opinion: The Changing Role of Women in Saudi Arabia

One protest does not make a Revolution make, nor a few crumbs of royal concessions to women, a Saudi spring. King Abdullah’s declaration that women will be able to vote and stand in the next local elections in 2015 is progress, despite earlier promises of women being allowed to vote in last week’s opinion polls. There is, then, much to be done as Saudi Arabia remains the only country on this planet that prohibits women from driving. However, there is evidence that many women in Saudi Arabia do not want radical change, and those in favour of reform have little or no political power..continue reading →

Food for Thought: Mike Biddle – We can recycle plastic

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Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.