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Beyond fragmentation March 20, 2016 05:00

Beyond fragmentation

It’s normally cultural conservatives who lament the fragmentation of western culture: the loss of traditional morality, the decline of the two-parent family, and lack [...]
 
How a mindset aware education can transform deprived communities (II) March 13, 2016 06:17

How a mindset aware education can transform deprived communities (II)

Namely that a ‘growth mindset’ approach to educational and social change is an extremely powerful tool, especially as regards the needs of areas of [...]
 
How ‘Mindset theory’ can transform life in the Caribbean (I) March 7, 2016 03:13

How ‘Mindset theory’ can transform life in the Caribbean (I)

I want to propose that the notion of ‘mindsets’ as developed by Carol Dweck (Professor of Psychology, Stanford) has a relevance to understanding and [...]
 
 
African-Caribbean slavery: mental health and legacy November 29, 2015 09:09

African-Caribbean slavery: mental health and legacy

History has effects today. Floggings were standard fare on the plantations of the Caribbean and on slave ships. The aim was three-fold: to control, [...]
 
Avoiding the genetic damage  caused by social climbing July 27, 2015 08:39

Avoiding the genetic damage caused by social climbing

“Methylation” is a term that very few readers will be familiar with, unless they are geneticists. It refers to destructive mutations of DNA, which [...]
 
A house for books July 13, 2015 12:18

A house for books

“Housmans bookshop” is a strange delight, among the now affluent, ‘regenerated’, shop fronts around King’s Cross.     Steve Latham   Together with Bookmarks, it [...]
 
 
The better angels of our nature? April 22, 2015 11:38

The better angels of our nature?

Is violence decreasing worldwide? This is the question addressed by Steven Pinker (professor of psychology, Harvard), to which he answers a resounding, albeit qualified, [...]
 
“True Self” or “New Self”? December 30, 2014 21:02

“True Self” or “New Self”?

In an otherwise excellent book, Abbot Christopher Jamison encourages his readers to seek their “true self”“. Is this sheer mysticism, rooted in romantic fantasy? [...]
 
Do people need a doctrine of ‘sin’? October 5, 2014 00:03

Do people need a doctrine of ‘sin’?

Sin? A word loaded with theological overtones of repressive legalism? Completely out of step in a modern, western secular, enlightened culture? A word that [...]
 
 
Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other? August 24, 2014 00:01

Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define [...]
 
Modern trafficking and African-Caribbean slavery: A false comparison? May 4, 2014 00:05

Modern trafficking and African-Caribbean slavery: A false comparison?

One of the greatest myths is that modern trafficking can be directly compared with African-Caribbean chattel slavery. There are a number of fallacies in [...]
 
How violent systems maintain themselves March 9, 2014 22:28

How violent systems maintain themselves

It has long fascinated historians and others how such an apparently sophisticated society as ancient Rome could also be so barbaric, an ironic term, [...]
 
 
Disasters: hitting the poor the most? March 2, 2014 00:00

Disasters: hitting the poor the most?

There are two themes I want to explore in this article. The first is that all disasters are essentially man-made. Secondly, that the poor [...]
 
God in the market place? February 23, 2014 00:04

God in the market place?

I want to raise questions. Questions about the nature of reality, and it is up to you to decide. French mathematician, Blaise Pascal (1623-62) [...]
 
“Obedient freedom”: Paradox or nonsense? January 12, 2014 01:02

“Obedient freedom”: Paradox or nonsense?

To many modern ears this must sound like an absurdity, redolent of a dictatorship. Paradoxically, I want to suggest that that absolute obedience to [...]