The Abolition of Man

The Abolition of Man
It came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave. —John Bunyan C.S.Lewis’ famous and prophetic essay about man’s realationship with nature and technology. `Man’s conquest of Nature’...
January 26th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Google to end censorship in China over cyber attacks

Google to end censorship in China over cyber attacks
Google, the world’s leading search engine, has thrown down the gauntlet to China by saying it is no longer willing to censor search results on its Chinese service. The internet giant said the decision followed a cyber attack it believes was aimed at gathering information on Chinese human rights...
January 18th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Jimmy Carter: Gaza must be rebuilt now

Jimmy Carter: Gaza must be rebuilt now
December 30, 2009 We can wait no longer to restart the peace process. The human suffering demands urgent relief. It is generally recognised that the Middle East peace process is in the doldrums, almost moribund. Israeli settlement expansion within Palestine continues, and PLO leaders refuse...
January 14th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Blackwater and The Last Crusade

Blackwater and The Last Crusade
THE most recent allegations against Blackwater, the American security company, are lurid. Tasked with providing security for American officials in Iraq and Afghanistan, the company is already under investigation for shooting deaths in Iraq. Adapted from an article in The Economist Magazine Now two former...
January 11th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Can We Escape Consumerism?

Can We Escape Consumerism?
How do we break a system which now permeates every aspect of our lives? Who said this? “All the evidence shows that beyond the sort of standard of living which Britain has now achieved, extra growth does not automatically translate into human welfare and happiness.” Was it a. the boss of Greenpeace,...
January 6th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Legalisation: The First Hundred Years

Legalisation: The First Hundred Years
What happened when drugs were legal and why they were prohibited Mike Jay Today, as the notion of legalising drugs is making its way into the mainstream political agenda for the first time in living memory, one of the most common objections to it is that it represents...
January 3rd, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

The Predator War – What are the risks of using Drones?

The Predator War – What are the risks of using Drones?
What are the risks of the C.I.A.’s covert drone program? On August 5th, officials at the Central Intelligence Agency, in Langley, Virginia, watched a live video feed relaying closeup footage of one of the most wanted terrorists in Pakistan. Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in...
December 22nd, 2009 | Social Insight | Read More

Second Lives – What attracts so many to live Virtual Lives?

Second Lives – What attracts so many to live Virtual Lives?
You can live there, have a job, get married, get paid, go shopping… In fact the only difference between Second Life and your nine-to-five existence is that it all goes on in a virtual world, run on computers and accessed via the internet.For a staggering 26 million people virtual worlds are...
December 17th, 2009 | Social Insight | Read More

Mechanisms of Fear: Man and Machine at the dawn of the 20th Century

Mechanisms of Fear: Man and Machine at the dawn of the 20th Century
F. T. Marinetti hailed the twentieth century as the one in which man would finally consummate the “dreamt-of metallization of the human body”.[1] For Marinetti, modernity carried with it the promise of a new, dynamic synthesis of man and machine – a synthesis that Gerald Heard would, in 1939,...
December 16th, 2009 | Social Insight | Read More

The World of Professional Gaming

The World of Professional Gaming
I came across this documentary on professional video game players or “cyber-athletes” as they like to call themselves. I thought it was an interesting insight into the many manifestations of human obsession, the quest for social validation, and the increasing number of real opportunities...
December 15th, 2009 | Social Insight | Read More