After making sense of the past in his first literary effort Sapiens and turning his analytical mind toward the future in Homo Deus, Harari now seeks to provide some self-help for those living in the present century. Harari’s first effort, Sapiens: a brief history of humankind, was first published in his native Hebrew. Once translated … Continue reading Book review of “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Noah Harari.
By Hobhouse Sajid Javid has deprived Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, in a move that could see the 19-year-old and her child become stateless. This brash decision not only stands directly opposed to our agreed upon Human Rights, it also makes Britain a hypocrite. And for what? The Conservative party to avoid a few … Continue reading Begum’s Citizenship
I, like many left leaning liberals, attempt to persuade my centre-right counterparts against nationalist apology and constantly warn against its allure. Nationalism encapsulates an implicit belief of superiority above all other existing nations and their associated citizens. This belief, when transformed into its toxic form, is often accompanied with the more tangible xenophobia or racism … Continue reading Why Nationalism Persists
In 1 Timothy 6:10, it says “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. By craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” As for so many of the ethical lessons the bible purports to teach, as well as this one, it can … Continue reading Money, the Root of All Evil or Trust?
Cattell, in the 1960’s, defined two sets of intelligence that were inextricably linked: that of fluid and crystallised intelligence. According to Cattell, one’s aptitude to solve for novel problems, apply cognitive tools to new situations and identify patterns, outlines their fluid intelligence. Crystallised intelligence, on the other hand, envelops one’s ability to take what they … Continue reading How intelligent are we? Its for our cells to decide.
Often, when someone dashes a smile your way, you reciprocally dash one back, regardless of whether that person is categorised as a stranger or a friend to you – a social reflex you might say, or something of a contagion i.e. when one-person smiles, that communique is irrevocably passed on. You would have thought, as … Continue reading We are unconscious perceivers of emotion.
By Hobhouse If parliament accepts, on no-less than the third time of asking, Theresa May's Brexit agreement, Britain will complete the mutilation (exit) on May 22. parliament has a week to make the cut (lawful ratification) or face the prospect of either taking part in the European elections or leaving with no agreement at all. … Continue reading Brexit is a proxy
By Hobhouse The number of Britons in work has once again struck a new statistic, with a record 32.6 million employed between October and December, the Office of National Statistics’ figures show. The jobless rate, lingering at 4 per cent, remains at is lowest since 1975. Weekly average earnings also showed an increase of 3.4 … Continue reading Why we shouldn’t care that UK employment is at a record high.
By Hobhouse Turning point UK (TPUK), an off-shoot of their American counterparts Turning Point USA (TPUSA), was launched online in early February. The group describes itself as a “grassroots organisation deadicated to educating students and other young people on the values of free markets, limited government and personal responsibility.” TPUK seeks to challenge the general … Continue reading Turning Point comes to Britain
In recent decades, economists studying life satisfaction have noticed a pattern among their data, a pattern that is homogenous among different countries and cultures. Most people’s perceived happiness appears to take a nose dive in adulthood, reaching a low at forty or fifty years-old, before heading back up an incline. The relationship between life-satisfaction and … Continue reading Unhappy
By Hobhouse. Yanis Varoufakis, an Economist and once Greek Minister of Finance writing for The New Statesman, opined that Britain’s need for a people’s debate far outweighs a need for a people’s vote (on Brexit), or of a revocation of Article 50. Yanis purports that “crashing back into the EU” – via the revocation of … Continue reading Yanis is mistaken
You board a train and immediately, with the glint of urgency in your eyes, look for a seat. You are fighting to get into Central London during the morning rush-hour, so getting a seat would elevate your social status from peasant-to-privileged. Your vigilance has paid dividends; there’s an empty seat by the window. In a … Continue reading This train is moving. . . probably
The Brexit inflicted damage upon the United Kingdom’s liberal undercoat has left it with a deep cut to its heart. And the arterial dark red blood is spilling for the whole world to see. The government has declared that UK citizenship must be applied and paid for. EU nationals who have made the UK their … Continue reading The Shame of Brexit
A people’s vote: where Britain would go to the polls and revisit Brexit with a new perspective and possibly some new options. PM May’s proposed “divorce” deal resembles a dead body laying face down in the water, with a couple of complimentary bullet wounds to add emphasis; needless to say, it won’t pass through the … Continue reading A People’s Vote? I’m hesitant.