What Is the Purpose of Education?

Frederika Roberts | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

What do you think the purpose of education is? If you agree things need to change, what will you do about it? Whether you're a headteacher or a class teacher, at any stage of education, whether you're a parent, or a pupil, you have the power to make a difference in the small daily deliberate actions you take.

The Human Animal vs the Human Machine

Katherine Templar Lewis | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Tech
Katherine Templar Lewis

We fear human intelligence, emotion, consciousness, in robots. But is this even possible? We cannot, should not, compare two types of 'brains' that process in such different ways. In comparing a robot to a human, we are simply not comparing like with like.

Humanity Washed Ashore

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

"My eyes are not baby blue. My hair is not blonde. If you have to stretch your soul to places unknown to feel sadness, to see your own child in my bro...

The Life Unchosen

Fila Magnus | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Fila Magnus

Sad isn't it, how it took three-year-old Alyan Kurdi's body to wash up at sea - for the world to be shocked into realization at how astoundingly horri...

Aylan Kurdi: Let Cameron Sit On His Hands. Our Shoulders Will Turn The Wheel of Humanity.

Karl Davis | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

Prime Minister, I hope hope you hug your children a little tighter tonight too. They are beautiful little people, just as were Aylan and Galip, and the countless lives needlessly lost before them. Use the power you have, and make a change, but don't you dare tell me that we cannot afford to put our shoulders to the wheel of humanity.

Imagination, Progress and Revolutions: Three Things I Learned From 'Sapiens'

Matt Clifford | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Tech
Matt Clifford

Sapiens by Yuval Harari has got a lot of (deserved) attention. Within it, Harari sketches out a number of provocative theses about what human beings have been, are and will become, and shows how they play out over hundreds of thousands of years.

My Experience in Calais' Refugee Camp - The Jungle

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jaz O'Hara

I've been thinking all day about how I can find the words for what we experienced last week. An hours drive from my house, then half an hour on the Eurotunnel, and we were in the world's worst refugee camp in terms of resources and conditions, yet we were welcomed with open arms. It's amazing how only the people who have nothing really know how to share.

Our Responsibility to the Environment

James Butler | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
James Butler

Natures Cycle On looking at some plants in the garden, I noticed how interlinked life is to one another. I could see how interwoven natures is, that h...

Why We Need to Start Taking Animal Rights Seriously

Esther Hayden | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Esther Hayden

Social media is being overrun with petitions and protests against the Yulin dog meat festival in south-west China. It is impossible to avoid the sickening pictures of animals being burnt or skinned alive. But why should we care about animals when there are so many atrocities happening around the world?

Killer Robots Might Be Humanity's Redemption

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Losses will be great, but we have already lost so much at each other's hands. Our victory, however, will be in our united, permanent struggle under the banner of a genuine, universal humanity.

Compassion - More Than a Word!

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Am I really to believe that I now live in a society that is increasingly growing into a 'screw you, I'm alright Jack' community - I do hope not? But...

I Hate What Katie Did So Here's a Quid...

Jill Finch | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Jill Finch

I'm a parent of a daughter on the autistic spectrum and I've been through the agonies of being stared at, feeling completely alone, being called a bad parent and the terrible guilty relief of a diagnosis...

I Refuse to Believe in What Must Be Wrong

Jake Mills | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Jake Mills

I refuse to believe we don't believe in equality, seeing love and marriage as a crime rather than a given right. I refuse to believe that the general public of this country would happily let others suffer because they're OK themselves.

The Most Important Man No-one Has Heard of... And Why His Principles Matter to Me and to Millions of Others

Mike Adamson | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Mike Adamson

On 8 May, I will be celebrating the birthday of Henry Dunant, one of the most important men you've never heard of. I confess before I began my career at the British Red Cross, I too was unfamiliar with his name.

Society's Treatment of Those With Dementia Reflects on Us All

Pippa Kelly | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Pippa Kelly

Is it right that people with dementia are frequently plonked into armchairs in care homes where they sit gazing, unseeing and uncomprehending, at mindless daytime TV which some, if not most, of them would never dream of watching in their own homes?

Passionate Election Apathy

Helen Sharpe | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Sharpe

Last week a Tory council candidate disparagingly referred to Ed Miliband as 'the Jew', a UKIP MP referred to gay people as A** bandits and the prospect of Boris Johnson running the country was actually being seriously discussed. This week is election week and it is fair to say my loss of faith in the political system is at its highest.

Solidarity With the Victims of Tory Austerity Demands a Vote For Humanity On May 7

John Wight | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

If the general election on May 7 is about anything it's about returning a semblance of decency to the country after five years of vicious Tory attacks against the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, and migrants. Since coming to power in 2010 David Cameron's government, propped up by the Lib Dems, has implemented cuts in public spending so savage and extreme that even Thatcher in her pomp would not have dared.

Pets With a Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

There has been so many occasions over the past thirteen years I have sat with my pet moggie and had a one way conversation. Good times, bad times, t...

The Way We're Working, Isn't Working...

Rob Nunn | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Rob Nunn

Human beings are unequivocally the most intriguing, thought provoking and hyperbolized creatures ever to have walked planet earth. We are complex, intricate and arrogant to the world we have rule over and, more importantly, with ourselves...

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

Welcome - Please Scan Your First Item...

Nick Compton | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Nick Compton

Through small simple acts of kindness such as a smile, people will naturally further that kindness to others. I have observed on several occasions people buying gifts for one another for no other reason than as an act of friendship and kindness. Surely we must be an inherently good species?

The Most Important Thing You Can Create Is Your Own Life

Ian Spero | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

To me the most important thing you create is arguably your own life. When we talk about a creation we mean something which is unique, something which is purposeful and meaningful; something which is large and substantial.

Choosing Choice: Abortion

Emily Hay | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

Choice - it's the very basis of our humanity... but in some places we are being denied that right to choice. In countries where abortion is illegal thousands of women every year are denied their human rights and forced into motherhood... lack of access to abortions doesn't save lives, it ruins them.

How I Turned My Unhappy Past Into a Happy One

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I was brought up in an agnostic house- my parents were not particularly interested in religion and made it plain to us three children that we could do whatever we wanted. In a sense I am grateful to my parents who both came from relatively liberal families and were not that ingrained with God and the rest.

Stop Boob Jobs on the NHS?

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

I'm writing in response to this Daily Mail article. This is just populist Jeremy Hunt spin....with a nice little dig at the NHS while he is at it...