Having spent a long time researching and understanding economics, I’ve noticed a variety of bizarre economic claims in the political campaigning of recent weeks. The below is intended to give you a 10-minute crash course in understanding the economics of government. Government debt is not like credit card debt Lib Dem leader Nick … More Economics 101
Politics is complicated. Successive governments, all over the globe, try and often fail to solve the social problems for which they are voted in. Whether these problems are economic or moral, they aren’t often easy to solve. One of the biggest reasons for this in recent times is the failure of ideology to be evidence-based. … More Nationalism: The Modern Day Snake Oil Salesmen in Politics
As the Scottish independence referendum came to a close in 2014, the high turnout suggested to the world that Scotland had found a political awakening. Yet the battle was mostly not one of reasoned political debate, igniting passion and interest, but of successfully framing the debate in terms of ‘positive and new’ versus ‘negative and … More How the snp have all but closed down political debate in Scotland.
John Gray’s recent Guardian article threatened to unearth the ‘New Atheists’ Achilles heel; what we are really afraid of. Yet, in reality, he provided nothing more than a few digs of the ‘atheism will never win’ type, swiftly backed up with apologism on behalf of religious atrocities/against atheistic atrocities, all wrapped up in a cosy … More What really scares the ‘new atheists’?
We live our lives – more than we would imagine – hastily believing in a concept called randomness. I don’t just mean that we chalk up things that we don’t understand as random (though, we do). We also believe that there is such a thing as randomness. Dave Lee, a technology reporter at the … More Why randomness doesn’t exist.
In the aftermath of last week’s events in France, opinion is torn as to where we go from here. The solution is very simple: we must defend the freedom of Muslims like anyone else’s, whilst moving society away from religious influence. There can be no justification for violence of any kind against Muslims; these are … More We must defend Muslims with everything we have, whilst moving society away from religion.
But 2015 can change that. We spend our year wrapped up in our lives, striving to achieve our hopes and make something of ourselves, but we do so safe in the knowledge that we are good people. We are, aren’t we? The sheer number of charities that exist, and the media attention they can … More Charity: the biggest delusion that affects us and we aren’t even aware of it.
The literary world has a great history of embracing the unpopular, negative doubters. Countless tales – from 1984 to the Hunger Games – regale the reader with stories of that pessimist who spends the first part of the story being derided or outcast for their inability to embrace the joy in the situation, and the … More In Defence of Negativity
or “That unpopular defence of Labour” When political parties gain widespread attention, the key to their success often seems to be in moderating their views. Left or right, parties tend more toward the centre once they have a chance of power/once they get into a position of power. To the cynical mind, particularly on … More Why do leftist political parties moderate?
First published for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. The term ‘moral science’ is increasingly used in the work of rationalist thinkers. Traditionally in the realm of religion, our ever-increasing secularism has allowed for science advocates to attempt to theorise morality into science – or at least to theorise it into the world … More How can ‘moral science’ exist?