Hobbes was a philosopher who continues to have a huge impact on political science. This is a simple guide to the basic idea behind his major work - Leviathan
What happens when two cultures collide? This documentary charts the history of a Chinese company's experiences in Ohio. Can we draw any general conclusions from this?
What functions did myths play in society? Were they meant to be believed, or are they simply stories?
Fentanyl is unlike any other addictive substance. It is a modern scourge that is affecting all levels of society. And it is deadly. Is there anything we can do?
Adolf Eichmann's role in the Holocaust raises some difficult questions. How do we deal with the memory of a monster?
The idea of creative destruction is an essential feature of modern capitalism. There are advantages and disadvantages and we should pay more attention to the implications of this seemingly paradoxical concept.
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Our attention turns to another Netflix series. This time, it's the turn of Collateral. Should you invest your time in this police drama' Read on to find out if it's for you.
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Anyone who reads the major poets of the early twentieth century will come across Ezra Pound. Imagism was one of his schools. What was it?
The world has changed a lot and continues to change with ever-increasing rapidity. Are our traditional views of world order out of date? Has the concept of "empires" run its natural course?
Nobody ever seemed to be in control of the Bay of Pigs operation. What went wrong and why did people like Thomas "Pete" Ray pay with their lives?
Are modern cities fit for purpose? Are they too big, too crowded, and too polluted? How might we make the urban space more liveable?
We are a divided society in which people see opinion as truth. A healthy dose of skepticism will help us all.
Writing in 1906, Wells takes a look at the United States and wonders how it will all turn out.
Fifty years ago, moralist Peter Singer reached a startling conclusion about our moral obligations. Was he right?
Why are we arguing about whether something is "woke" or not? Why do conservatives use "woke" as an insult?
"Just Say No!" It's easy to say, but the slogan marginalizes the power of addiction. We can't win a war on drugs with current tactics.
In the early years of the 20th century, socialism was winning adherents and seemed to pose a threat to the old order. Upton Sinclair was a prominent socialist who used his novel "The Jungle" to illustrate the inequities of capitalism. Its effect was not what he expected.
The story of Atlantis has captured the public imagination since Plato first mentioned it nearly 2.5 millennia ago. Many are convinced that Atlantis was real. Unfortunately, there isn't a shred of evidence.
The City of London is a mysterious place. A place of enormous power that is largely hidden from the eyes of the world.
How should we judge Jimmy Carter's presidency? Was he a weak leader or a victim of circumstance?
How far are ordinary people willing to go when they believe that they are following orders? Stanley Milgram attempted to find out.
Could Germany have won the Second World War? At the time, many thought it was possible. In fact, the Germans faced insurmountable obstacles.
The courage of the members of The White Rose serves as a lesson to us all. The members were naive, and their actions were largely ineffective. Still, they stood up. Would we have been brave enough to do so?
In 1837, Benjamin Disraeli coined the term "One-nation Conservatism". British Conservatives have paid lip service to the idea ever since. What is the Conservative flaw?
A witty, stinging insult or comeback can be toe-curling. Most of us wouldn't want to be at the end of the remarks that we list here.
You've got guests coming over for dinner but you're not used to cooking for others. There are pitfalls that you can avoid and make your evening a success.
Life seems to exist wherever it can get a foothold. We are probably near the point where we will discover simple life in our solar system. We are actively looking in our galaxy. But what happens when we find it?
Many enjoy a harmless flutter, but for some the chances of winning big turn a pastime into an addiction. Why?
What is it about quantum physics that is so different from classical physics? A beginner's guide to the quantum universe.
China is fast approaching a crisis point. How it handles the next few years will decide its future.
The Second Coming is perhaps the best-known of Yeats' poems. A close reading will help us understand what Yeats was trying to tell us.
History helps us understand how we got to be where we are. The young should find it fascinating but, unfortunately, many don't. Here are some thoughts about how to change this.
Enceladus was of little interest for many years. Further research has uncovered some very surprising facts. Is there life on this tiny moon?
We're sometimes our own worst enemies when it comes to talking to our doctor. Here's how to help..
The successful launch of the Webb telescope has given us a powerful new tool in our search for life on other worlds. Will we find anything?
Fascinating and endlessly frustrating. Brewer's world is a world of shifting mists. Did you know that people from Nebraska are called "bug-eaters"?
Are we dealing with criminals in the right way? Are there more constructive options?
Vibrant Madrid and the bustling coastal resorts hide a grim reality. Many areas of the interior are dying. Why is this happening and what can be done?
Why do so many people believe in conspiracy theories? Why do such beliefs continue even when they can be shown to be wrong?
Something has gone wrong in western liberal democracies. The political landscape is riven with infighting and the division between the left and right has never been so stark. Is it time to rethink our standards?
The future is uncertain but some of us are certain about it—certainly wrong!
Is there a problem with how markets work?
Route 66 winds through the fabric of modern America. Follow the road and listen to some of the artists connected to its cities.
That light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train. Can we get out of the way?
Songs of longing and loss can transport us back in time to experiences that, for good or ill, made us who we are today. From "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?" to "Diamonds and Rust," here are 10 of my favorites.
A topical story about loss
Society is changing rapidly, and with it, the way we work is changing too. What does the future hold?
Fentanyl is a plague that sweeps all before it. What makes it so dangerous? How do we deal with it?
As societies become more complicated, old certainties come under pressure. What are the implications for our moral code?
In "The Hollow Men" Eliot returns to the desolate world of "The Waste Land". This much shorter poem contains some of the most quoted lines in modern literature.
The French portion is still the most popular route of Camino de Santiago. Here you'll find tips and anecdotes that will make your journey memorable.
People read Google reviews. Building a portfolio of customer reviews will boost your business. How you deal with your reviews says a lot about your business.
Omegle is just one of many chat platforms. What's wrong with it? Does it represent a threat to our kids?
Is the economy beyond rational control? What did Friedrich Hayek think?
This well-known poem talks about the choices we make. Here are some thoughts that might help students to focus on the poem's implications.
Starting a franchise can be an exciting opportunity. But there are things you should think about before taking the plunge.
Stalin was one of the most dreadful tyrants in history. But who was he really?
Nietzsche caused a scandal when he declared that "God is dead!". Why did he come to this conclusion? What had happened in the world that led him to believe that God was absent?
In mature democracies, we take the notion of freedom very seriously, perhaps without thinking of the implications. The distinction between "free to" and "free from" causes much disruption in society.
"Identity politics" divides the left and infuriates the right. Why? What are "identity politics," and why are they so divisive?
Robin Dunbar noticed something important about groups of primates. Can his findings be applied to human society? If so, what do they tell us about ourselves?
“April is the cruellest month...” Why wake us from our dreams? In “The Waste Land,” T.S. Eliot discusses a world that we know all too well.
In a century with more than enough tyrannical killers, Pol Pot was among the worst.
Robert Owen was a man who recognized the problems that the Industrial Revolution had caused. Whether his response was the best one is open to debate...
When Henry Ford raised wages to $5.00 a day, he started something that ran out of control.
What does a volcano have to do with the birth of Frankenstein? This unlikely tale led to one of the most celebrated creations in English literature.
Should we have spent so much on James Webb when there are more pressing problems?