Five Books Throughout History That Took Popular Culture Seriously Enough

Alfie Bown | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alfie Bown

This seems to be the general attitude: that popular culture is something simple and not deserving of our attention. Here I put together a list of 5 books from the history of literature that have taken pop culture seriously, very seriously indeed.

Four Great Politics Books You've Probably Never Heard Of

Tom Butler Bowdon | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Butler Bowdon

Perhaps you've enjoyed George Orwell's Animal Farm or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom. Maybe you've even tackled Plato's The Republic or Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Here are some other hugely important, but lesser known, political classics.

Electoral Reform and the Tyranny of the Majority

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In a straightforward battle of first past the post versus proportional representation, voters will make their decision based on self-interest. The tyranny of the majority, and thus the first past the post system, will inevitably prevail, as it did so convincingly in the 2011 referendum.

Better Together: Democracy Wins Today

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.

Why We Need to Love in a Time of Hate

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

The press is awash with the brutality of this world. Since I was a little girl the big topic has always been peace in the Middle East... When we become so inured to blood and gore and it fails to move us, there is the risk of being permanently desensitised.

Thinking Management Philosophically

Ken Starkey | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Ken Starkey

Books on philosophy and management have proliferated in recent years, but with very different aims and perspectives. Philosophy books tend to be consu...

Garden Capitalism

Tom Johnson | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Tom Johnson

It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.

Humans Would Rather Electrocute Themselves Than Spend Time Alone

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Tech

So it turns out we really hate spending time with our own thoughts, so much so in fact that we'd rather send electric shocks through out bodies than d...

Did Russell Brand Really Mean That We Should Govern With Facebook?

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

It's been two weeks since Russell Brand was on the BBC Newsnight programme telling Jeremy Paxman that voting is a waste of time. Since then, it feels a little like democracy itself has been drowned in a political cacophony as Brand lovers and haters debate his prediction of revolution in the UK.

Brazilian 'Atlantis' Discovered (VIDEO, PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK

Brazilian and Japanese experts have discovered undersea rock structures, which could be evidence of a sunken landmass similar to that of the legend of...

Should Universities Teach Wellbeing?

Jules Evans | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jules Evans

Shouldn't university teach us to criticise simplistic or politically convenient definitions of happiness?

Love Is a Losing Game

Nikita Malik | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Love is a losing game. Or, in economic terms, a 'second-best' situation where one or more optimality conditions cannot possibly be satisfied.

Why Plato Believed We Should Pay MPs More

Alan Wager | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Wager

It may be an unfashionable take given trust in our parliament fell to new depths in 2012, with less than a quarter of people tending to trust the UK parliament to make important decisions, but politics does a lot of very important things- and therefore so do MPs.

Diamond, Plato and the Demise of Rangers

Ally Livingston | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Sport
Ally Livingston

The LIBOR rigging scandal was the story of the last week, but this tale has some surprising parallels with the demise of Rangers. Of course the original crimes were very different, but both their supporters cited the 'greater good', as arguments for the continuation of the status quo.

Lecturers Vent Their Spleens At 'Department Of Omnishambles'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

For the first time, the public can have access to the innermost thoughts of university academics - and not part with a penny. Welcome to the Depart...

An Octopus and a Snail Walk Into a Bar...An Ode to Organic Intelligence and Intellectual Stupidity

Théo Le Bret | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK
Théo Le Bret

What makes an octopus intelligent is not its brains, but its arms, and the physical perfection of these arms rather than the complexity of the nervous system that controls them.