Robots, Taxation and Slavery

Most people misunderstand Stoicism. They believe that Stoics are unemotional robots. It’s this misconception that draws me, from time to time, to think about the role of robots in society today. And perhaps how they are like our version of slaves. And also, what the consequences of their unstoppable march are on society. Firstly, should Read More …

Why I Don’t Love Luck (And Why You Shouldn’t Too!)

People are irrational. They believe in luck. One manifestation of this is the scramble to buy National Lottery tickets. As of last October last year you had around a one in 14 million chance of winning. This is when there were 49 balls, now that there are 59 balls you’ll now have a one in Read More …

OCD – An Indifferent, Not An Excuse

If superstar footballer David Beckham wants to put a can of pop in his fridge, his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) immediately causes him a problem: ‘I’ve got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I need to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs,’ he said. ‘I’ll put my Pepsi cans Read More …

Surveillance and the death of liberty

I guess we can blame Edward Snowden. Since he revealed the extent of US and UK state surveillance Governments have been under pressure to disclose the activities of their spies. They also have felt the need to update the legislation governing them. The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill strikes a balance between this disclosure whilst giving Read More …

Climate change: why we don’t care about it

Climate change concerns around three-quarters of Americans, if you take a recent poll at face value: American women are far more concerned than men about climate change (51% of women see it as a very serious problem vs. only 39% of men). They are also more likely to believe it will affect them personally (36% Read More …

Secularism is marching forward; read why

Secularism or religion? Certainly religion is dominating our TV screens at the moment with its message that fanatical Islam and Isis is rising. So you’d be forgiven if you came to the conclusion that far from dying out religion is actually growing. But it appears that the opposite is true; in fact it is humanists who Read More …

Why you can say goodbye to tolerance

Is this the end for tolerance? On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks, consisting of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and hostage-taking, occurred in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis. Three suicide bombers exploded outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, along with another suicide bombing and mass shootings at four Read More …

How big business is turning us all into big babies

Hi, I’m a lovely blog post. How are you today? Are you having some fun? I hope so. I think it’s great that you’ve decided to stop by. It’ll make me sad if you get angry after you’ve read me. But, hey, it’ll make me smile if you leave a comment. Do you like the Read More …

Was China’s one child policy in accordance with nature?

One of the largest social experiments ever is coming to a halt. China has decided to drop its one-child policy first introduced in 1979. Faced with an aging population it will now allow all couples to have two children. Officials suggested that the approach stopped around 400 million births. This, in theory, reduced the need Read More …

Avoid the Commodification of Old Age

Tech companies want to commodify your old age; after all it’s a profitable time of life. Slow economic growth and the fact that we’re all living longer means that inexpensive, high-technology solutions to elderly care are big business. For example, RoboCoach: It can’t fight crime or act as a butler but Robocoach is working with Read More …