Why the Latest Study Showing 'Religious' Children are Less Moral is Just Bad Science

Tahir Nasser | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Tahir Nasser

Word is out. Belief in God will make your children less moral people, so say researchers from the University of Chicago. It's hit the news too, and looking at the comments sections, boy, those un-judgmental atheists are really showing how humble they can be.

The World's Obsession With Rights Rather Than Responsibilities Is the Cause of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Tahir Nasser | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK
Tahir Nasser

A charter of Human Responsibilities rather than simply of Human Rights is, I believe, the next stage in establishing peace in society...

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.

Bribery & Corruption

David C. M. Carter | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

Bribery and corruption - like beauty and so many other lofty moral issues and ideals - are always in the eye of the beholder. I recall in 1980 worki...

Don't Be Caught Grinning at Your Lamb Chops

Tom Burns | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Tom Burns

So-called 'extreme hunters' like giraffe killer Rebecca Francis regularly and deservedly receive public shaming, but few of us think twice about grinning at our lamb chops come dinner time.

The Psychology of Political Differences

Jonathan Jong | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Jong

Elections are nigh! So, this is a dutifully timed post about the psychology of political differences. But first, a public service announcement: check ...

'Tis the Season to be Offended

Zubin Madon | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Zubin Madon

We Indians don't like being outdone by anyone. Certainly not in the "perceived insults" department. Hell no, being perpetual victims of sentimental transgressions is our favourite penchant.

YouTube Fans in Love

Harry Hitchens | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Harry Hitchens

Striking a balance between a relationship that's both sustainable and commercially beneficial is something all creators should consider deeply. Increasingly YouTube creators are non-controversial, jolly and relatable which acts as a death trap for misunderstanding and disappointment for beloved fans.

Bandaid: If This Is Modern Britain At Its Best, I'm Afraid There's Little Hope

Byron Dean | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Byron Dean

certainly admit that celebrity activists and good-natured donators alike are doing more to help the impoverished and diseased in the short-term than are cynical philosophers. Yet the maverick in me cannot help but condemn the whole affair.

The Psychology of Terrorism: What Makes Young Men Prepared to Kill for a Cause?

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Taylor PhD

The ideology which terrorists are fed aids this process too. When people take on a belief system, they begin to see the world in an abstract, intellectualised way, rather than through direct perception. They begin to see the world in terms of concepts and categories, developing a dry and rigid outlook which becomes so powerful that it divorces them from the immediacy of experience and contact. It encourages them to see other human beings not as individuals but as units in an abstract, conceptual and deadly game.

Moral Judgement: Please Use Responsibly

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

The case of the Australian couple who have taken the twin, but not the Downs syndrome sibling from the surrogate Thai mother, which has been in the news this week raises some interesting ethical issues. I don't mean to comment directly on that case here because the facts of that particular case are far from clear. The only thing that is clear is that it is very sad that it has happened. But what were the alternatives?

Magaluf Sex Acts, Lord of the Flies and Why Raising the Legal Drinking Age Won't Work

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There's been a massive outcry this week over the young lass who allegedly performed sex acts on 24+ blokes in a nightclub in Magaluf. A lot of people seem to think it's an indication of our crumbling society. Part of the dangers of drinking. Others have ignored the drinking and seem pretty stuck on this being a case of double standards. Sexism.

Is Football Experiencing a Crisis of Moral Responsibility?

Hamish Mackay | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

Is this really what football has been reduced to? A means of peddling crap we don't need, laundering the reputations of morally questionable companies and encouraging us to gamble away what little money we have left at the end of it all?

Beautiful? Damned?

Caragh Little | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

Memorial or Ideological Advertisement? Lee Rigby and What We Should Actually Remember About Soldiers

Gregor Smith | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

We're just over a week away from the first anniversary of the death of Lee Rigby. The soldier, wearing a Help for Heroes hoodie, was murdered in broad...

Public Morals Are a Slippery Slope

Mark Oaten | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Mark Oaten

What is 'public morality', really? The WTO itself doesn't have a definition. The General Agreements on Tariffs & Trade (GATT) does, but only that it allows each country to set its own definition.

Mr Cameron Playing the Religious Card

Bob Morgan | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

By highlighting Christian 'virtues' of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility - is he suggesting that other groups don't have those virtues? If so most people will not believe him. If he is acknowledging (in among the rather confusing language) that most people share these virtues - again, why highlight the Christians? Many Christians are indeed hard-working, compassionate and modest but so are many non-Christians and even many people with no faith! Christians do not have the monopoly on being moral and doing good...

School Places: Everyone Only Wants the Best for Their Children Right?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

Defining children according to wealth or merit in specific subjects sits very uncomfortably with me. What about supporting kids' interests, building on enthusiasm? What about maintaining friendships between kids of different social backgrounds rather than keeping them in separate worlds? Isn't it heartbreaking when children are separated from their best friends...

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Support the Swedish Model of Sex Work

Suzi Godson | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Whether we like it or not, criminalising the buying and selling of sex is an attempt to legislate morality and exercise control over private sexual behaviour. Sex workers are human beings and selling sex is their business. Sex workers must be entitled to the same labour rights as other workers and the same human rights as other people.

Fighting for Our Freedom to Be Healthy

Tony Lobl | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

What might be the basis for not accepting second class health? Perhaps because its as innate to our spiritual sense to feel health is natural as it is politically to demand equal rights. "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties," mused Swiss poet and philosopher Henri Frédéric Amiele.

Which Is the Greater Crime - Poverty or Shoplifting?

John Wight | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

What struck me about this exchange was the extent to which it revealed a widening disconnect between the haves and have nots, on the level of morals as well as income, exacerbated by the recession and the current government's policy of making the poor pay for an economic mess effectively created by the greed of the rich.

A Tragedy for Britain and Syria, Inflicted By Our Own Parliament

Adam Seldon | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

This self-congratulatory, politicised and crass narrative is cynical and vacuous. Thursday constituted a colossal tragedy: a tragedy for the practice of politics, a tragedy for Britain's role in the world and a tragedy for the people of Syria.

A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

David Cameron Shouldn't Be Calling the Bible a 'Handbook' for 'Moral Guidance'

Ben Whitnall | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Whitnall

I'm glad David Cameron appreciates and values the Christian Scriptures. I hope he increasingly encounters and engages with them. I'm confident that, as he does, he'll discover the Bible is a much bigger story than anything so small as a 'handbook for moral guidance'.

We Love Numbers - Are They Our Downfall?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

We humans adore measuring things. The love affair started as early as the 4th and 5th millennia BC when the ancient peoples of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and...