How is it that we get overwhelmed when watching someone cry, or feel a coating of inspiration when we see a face filled with hope? And, are we the only animal to exert an empathic response to those emotional cues? A study published last week by Carrillo and colleagues uncovers the potential mechanism that allows … Continue reading Looking at Pain in the Mirror: pain mirror neurons found in rats.
Editorial An unkept Julian Assange was dragged out from the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, ponytail and all, into a police van on 11 April. For seven years Mr Assange remained free in the embassy, evading rape and sexual harassment charges brought by the Swedish authorities. He has dismissed any wrongdoing, in a very Trumpian manner, … Continue reading Assange: End Game
Britain has been granted an extension until 31 October for their eventual departure from the EU - pushing it back from the previous 12 April deadline. It's not the June deadline Mrs May was searching for, but it does apply the brakes to the process, offering the PM and MPs a little rest-bite from the … Continue reading A spooky Brexit extension
Editorial Alas, Theresa May is still the placeholder for prime minister and as inconsequential as ever. And, in just under 24 hours, we are going to confront a realisation of just how powerless her Withdrawal agreement has, too, made the UK. MPs voted with a commanding majority to endorse Theresa May’s proposal to plead with … Continue reading Flextension
A study of brains aged between 43 and 87 suggests our brain cells remain alive-and-generating throughout our lives. The tentative finding could mean that age-worn brains could be more resilient to damage than we originally believed. Although the renewal and repair of tissues and organs throughout our body, even during old age, is relatively common … Continue reading Old brain, new cells
By Hobhouse The video that surfaced this week of British soldiers in Afghanistan taking aim at a picture of Her Majesty’s leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, cannot be exonerated from our current political predicament. This unflattering episode for the armed forces goes beyond left and right politics, it even goes beyond Brexit. It speaks … Continue reading Corbyn, put your hands-up!
By Hobhouse Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, wrote in a piece named “Parliament vs. the people,” that parliament “defied the people. They pitted themselves, arrogantly, against the public; against the very source of their political legitimacy.” He was writing of course about Brexit and specifically about the indicative votes, held on 28 March. O’Neill correctly … Continue reading It’s Parliament vs. the people, claims Brendan O’Neill
Sam Harris has attempted to demonstrate that one’s atheism does not preclude a journey into the spiritual. Harris, however, has not turned to God for enlightenment, instead, he looks to consciousness and our capacity for experience; he believes its high time that religion be relinquished from any claim of being spiritual. In his book, Waking … Continue reading Book review of “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” by Sam Harris
Editorial Brexit was supposed to be upon us, with Theresa May leading at the helm. Instead, parliament voted to prolong our membership of the EU and Theresa May has offered to put down her premiership. May agreed to step aside if parliament formally voted for her EU Withdrawal Agreement, handing the next, integral phase of … Continue reading Brexit is still a mess
By Hobhouse Brexit has thrown-up a lot of questions for British culture, government and the individual Brit to answer. What does British identity entail? What is our place in the world? Does the Union exist in name only? The question I most ask myself is ‘am I unwittingly being undemocratic in lending my support for … Continue reading Am I Becoming Undemocratic?