A change in the visual cortex’s career

What happens to the congenitally blind’s visual cortex? this region does not simply stay dormant and gather cobwebs; rather, it appears this area puts up the scaffolding and undergoes a massive reconstruction, making office space for language use. Cognitive and neuroscientific research has shown the brilliant flexibility of the traditional language and visual networks to … Continue reading A change in the visual cortex’s career

Dropping everything and just noticing: notes on mindfulness

By Thomas Cornish Dropping everything and just noticing is an idea that has been spreading as a meme, predominantly in Asia, since the 5th Century BCE. This very simple idea comes under the guise of meditation, mindfulness and vipassana (meaning insight). It’s a liberating idea. Imagine neither having to take every thought as the absolute … Continue reading Dropping everything and just noticing: notes on mindfulness

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By Thomas Cornish The psychological effects of turning 26 years old have been abdominal. The tick over from 25-to-26 comes with not only the promise of another day, but also with a dread inducing adult checklist - cultivated by --26-- years of enculturation. Trepidation, it seems, has dawned upon my mind. My early twenties were … Continue reading 26

Regulating the Sounds Spoken

By Hobhouse. “If you come to England, you must speak English”! This saying has many implications and inherent undertones to it, many of which are often mis thought or simply xenophobic. However, the adage does often garner wide support from “liberals,” conservatives and, of course, the far-right vocalists. Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, said in 2014 … Continue reading Regulating the Sounds Spoken

A Desperate Attempt to Look Tough on Immigration

A desperate whoofed of stench radiated from the pits of the Home Office this past week when they made clear their immigration targets took precedent over the British government’s commitment to human rights. Ken Macharia, a gay rugby player, faces deportation to Kenya, where it is severely taboo to be gay and is illegal to … Continue reading A Desperate Attempt to Look Tough on Immigration