Liam Deacon

Philosophy undergrad, Sheffield/Aylesbury

I study philosophy. I believe in progressive free thought, secularism, equality and social mobility. (liamdeacon.contently.com)
A Gap Year Is a Waste of Time, and You Don't Deserve

A Gap Year Is a Waste of Time, and You Don't Deserve it

Had I the chance now, I tell my 17-year-old self to climb down off the bandwagon, get a grip, go to Uni and get on with my life. Because you know where a great place to 'find yourself' and grow up is? University.
24/08/2014 23:06 BST
Pedophilia is an Affliction, Child Molestation is a

Pedophilia is an Affliction, Child Molestation is a Crime

Is public hatred of pedophiles driving innocent, afflicted men away from the help they need? ... Our visceral public hatred of pedophiles could actually be making it harder for us to tackle the threat they pose to children.
05/08/2014 11:21 BST
The Gentrification of Trailer Park

The Gentrification of Trailer Park Living

The big questions are obviously land, and regulation? Once you've got yourself a cozy little house, where do you park it? Well, tiny house people gentrified the caravans so they've also gentrified caravan parks...
16/04/2014 12:34 BST
The Blurry Line Between Flirting and

The Blurry Line Between Flirting and Harassment

Rightly of wrongly, in the endless dance we call flirting, the man is often the proactive agent. So, he is far more likely to act in an unwanted manner if he miss-reads or miss-interprets the body language / situation. If every time a mislead sexual advance is rebuffed, we call it harassment, then men start to feel victimised.
14/04/2014 13:41 BST
Facebook

Facebook Philanthropists

I've had it. I refuse to sponsor one more person to go skydiving, travel across South America collecting pictures of themselves patting wretched children on the head or drive a car across Europe in the name of the environment.
27/03/2014 12:02 GMT
How 'Atheist' Should Sunday Assemblies

How 'Atheist' Should Sunday Assemblies Be?

I really support the essence and ambition of the Sunday Assembly. However, Atheism's greatest strength will always be it's intrinsic inclusiveness, honesty, openness and enlightened spirit. This must not be forgot in an attempt to market the Sunday Assembly as a friendly (yet ignorant) song and dance.
21/03/2014 12:33 GMT
Critiquing Islam or

Critiquing Islam or Islamophobia?

For nine years in a row a controversial resolution on, "Combating Defamation of Religions," described by some as an, "international blasphemy law," has been consistently losing support in the United Nations General Assembly.
20/03/2014 10:46 GMT
The Ugandan Gay Rights Crisis and the Hypocrisy of the

The Ugandan Gay Rights Crisis and the Hypocrisy of the West

Watching Uganda's president chuckle as he signed into law a bill that meant life improvement for homosexuality and not reporting gay family members a criminal offence was chilling. Many western observers shared an intuition that the West should surely respond in swift and principled manner to this 'odious' bill...
18/03/2014 11:32 GMT
The Maajid Nawaz Controversy - Rights, Democracy and

The Maajid Nawaz Controversy - Rights, Democracy and Cartoons

The debate over group rights is contested, but what shouldn't be, is the fact that calling for instant and somewhat arbitrary retributive action against a single MP candidate, who has exercised a right afforded to everyone else, just isn't a convincing way to invite this debate into the public domain. Neither is it just or democratic.
10/03/2014 12:00 GMT
Headphone

Headphone 'Hype'

Many of you may have noticed the unbounded rise in under 25s cat-walking their way across Britain's high streets, colleges and public transport in large, salient and often flamboyant headphones. Personally, I think some of them look garish almost comical. But I'm not completely anti people utilising such devices so incessantly. I couldn't be, having recently joined this growing trend.
06/03/2014 12:30 GMT