Mindfulness has gone mainstream. From education to healthcare, the corporate world to criminal justice, parliament to the military, this ancient Buddhist tradition has been reignited in the Western conscience as the old cure for modern ills. The practice encourages, mostly through meditation, the observation of present thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations in a non-judgemental way. By being more mindful, advocates argue we can develop life-changing … Continue reading Mindfulness Myth Will Make You Miserable
“The truth is that there are no races” Kwame Anthony Appiah controversially wrote in 1985 launching him into fame and notoriety among his professional peers. In this fascinating conversation between two of the most esteemed and provocative thinkers on racial identity, Appiah sits down with Professor Priya Gopal to unpack the philosophy of race, it’s historical development and why it’s not a ‘biological category.’ For … Continue reading “The truth is there are no races”
Author: Revels The funny thing about our generation is that apparently there have been a lot of firsts. Breaking stereotypes has become the stereotype – and if you’re not breaking one, you’re supporting someone doing it. Different perceptions have offered varying opinions on whatever happens, but it does not change the fact that we have decided to take matters into our own hands, to disrupt tradition … Continue reading The Pinnacle of Settlement
We live in a world where once you leave school or college you are defined by “what you do” or more precisely what your profession is. Occupation stratifies us into a hierarchy of social status with rich people at the top and poor people at the bottom. Philosopher and founder of The School Of Life Alain De Botton describes how this modern capitalist obsession with economic … Continue reading Why Getting Past Status Anxiety is The Key to Fulfilment
Dr. Cornell West provides some excellent insight into the role of hope, imagination and empathy in carving a better more just world in the face of catastrophe and misery. Quoting some of the worlds best known dreamers and doers, West offers a compelling vision of justice and how it differs from the bitter and counter intuitive idea of revenge or retribution. A must watch! Continue reading What is The Difference Between Justice & Revenge?
Why is it that humans can’t live for a thousand years? Why is it that mice who are very similar to humans genetically only live two-three years? Physicist Geoffrey West became deeply interested in the physics of mortality when he entered his fifties and people in his life began to perish. In this video he discusses metabolism, comparing it to a road that breaks … Continue reading Why Humans Can Live 100 but not 1000 Years
Afua Hirsch describes how segregating children based on their parents faith harms integration and divides communities. As school is an integral part of preparing a child for life surely they should be in an environment where they are exposed to people from all backgrounds, make friends and learn to respect and tolerate everyone’s views. Rather than being in an artificial, concentrated bubble of like minded … Continue reading Why Religious Schooling Should Be Abolished
Professor Noam Chomsky speaks to BBC Newsnight to discuss the anger which has raged across the Middle and Working Classes of Western democracies since the economic collapse in 2008. Discussing the roots of the anger, the rise of far right nationalism as well as the optimistic signs of youth galvanisation around progressive policies on climate change and income inequality – Chomsky discusses why he would … Continue reading Why I’d Vote For Corbyn
Are humans just naturally lazy, comfort and pleasure seeking beings? Or do we really want dignity and fulfilment? in this riveting excerpt professor Noam Chomsky discusses how the billions upon billions of dollars spent on advertising has been used to psychologically manipulate are ideas of what we want. Tracing trends from the industrial revolution of the 1800’s to the educated poor in the 1930’s, Chomsky … Continue reading What Do Humans Really Want?
How do you know if you’re an artist? Do you actually need advice or do you just want reaffirmation of what you already know? This is a riveting collection of words from some of the worlds best artistic minds such as Marina Abramovic and Wim Wenders. Continue reading How Do You Know if You’re An Artist?