You many have already come across this video below. It’s called The Story of Stuff and it is about exactly what it says it’s about, the story of stuff, the production and consumption of consumer goods. Now before you roll your eyes in boredom and leave this site to check your Twitter updates, note this: this . . . → Read More: Most watched hand-drawings in history
Struggling to get your head around the global economic crisis? You’re not alone. I, at the very least, am with you. Luckily, there is help at hand. The following site collates great resources from around the globe, looking at the why, the so what, and the what should be done now, of the crisis. Check it . . . → Read More: The economic crisis made easy(ier)
I came across this video clip the other day, it shows a surfer rescuing a kangaroo from the sea. It brought to mind the poem I’ve posted below by Les Murray, both because of its subject matter and because of its Australian origin. Finally, has anyone ever heard a stronger Australian accent than that of the . . . → Read More: The poetics of surfing and the rescue of a kangaroo
How can you account for a person’s life? How can you convey its meaning?
This is the challenge of researchers at Harvard University involved in the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Beginning in 1937, this study has followed in detail the lives of 268 men for 72 years. It is one of the longest running studies into . . . → Read More: Too beautiful for numbers
In an otherwise poorly argued article, atheist David Aaronovith clearly articulates the danger of Christian evangelism which relies solely on pragmatic appeals to Christianity’s benefits.
We atheists always have a problem with appearing bad mannered when we say what we believe. Take the… deployment of studies purporting to show that “Christians are healthier and happier than their . . . → Read More: God is not a pet
Last year, popular and vocal atheist Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association (BHA) sponsored the appearance of this advert on buses across Britain.
The insertion of the word “probably” raised quite a bit of debate when the campaign was first launched.
The BHA gave one explanation to their concerned constituents (who presumably asked with some consternation, “what . . . → Read More: Richard Dawkins probably doesn't exist
In an interesting review of Roger Scruton’s new book Beauty, Robert Fulford asks the question, “what’s wrong with kitsch?”
Thomas Kincade: You'll need some crackers with this cheese.
Kitsch refers to that overly sentimental, tacky, populous and unoriginal “art” most aptly embodied in the garden gnome, inflatable furniture and Thomas Kincade paintings. Kitsch is everywhere nowadays. Fulford . . . → Read More: If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitsch