Suffering

The Kindness of Strangers: Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things?

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor PhD

Many acts of kindness may be motivated by self-interest. But is it naive to suggest that 'pure' altruism can exist as well? An act of pure altruism may make someone feel better about themselves afterwards, and it may increase other people's respect for them, or increase their chances of being helped in return at a later point.

How Faith Survives the Crushing Weight of Rationality

Paul Beaumont | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Paul Beaumont

As I write this, people in Nepal are pulling out the broken bodies of their loved ones from the pulverised remains of their buildings, amongst the stench of death in the aftermath of a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake.

Mindfulness in the Face of Terrorism

Alexa Frey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Many of us have probably wondered, "Are we next?" This is a scary prospect. For Londoners it's also bound to bring up painful memories of the 07/07 bombings. These fears are then fuelled by sensationalist media coverage. If we're not mindful, we can end up feeling paralysed by fear and despair.

We Shouldn't Dismiss Pedigree Dog Health Problems as 'Normal'

Helen Coen | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK
Helen Coen

Last week we were all shocked by the heartbreaking photos of Hope the dog who was found emaciated and half the weight she should have been. She was described by a vet as the thinnest dog she'd seen alive.

Bertand Russell is Known as an Atheist; But Was He, in Fact, Religious?

Mark Vernon | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Vernon

I recently returned to what Bertrand Russell, perhaps Britain's best known philosopher, had to say about religion.