Jane McGonigal's talk 'Gaming Can Make a Better World' describes the positive attitudes gamers take when they are engaged in play and explains how these attitudes are the ones we should adopt when tackling world problems such as poverty, climate change and fuel shortage. Her ambitious projects to
English has in the 20th century become the global language. It is the language of trade, diplomacy and the internet. However the increase in international languages, in particular English but also Spanish and Mandarin marginalise smaller languages even within their own homelands. In Indonesia Bahasa
Until the twentieth century Art was mostly about beauty or perfection. Art had to stand apart from everyday life and give someone pause. Art has however morphed into including ugly things, or everyday items that are simply classed as 'art' because someone says it is. How are the critics taken in by
I am talking about use and misuse/abuse of the internet.
These days most persons are misusing the internet instead of using it productively;
they waste time on porn and social networking sites.
Students are falling academically because they are addicted to rubbish on the world w
There are an increasing number of sites that allow students to rate their professors online. This would seem to be a natural extension of labour’s choice agenda, afterall you choose your course and often some of the modules on it, why should you not have information about the lecturers who run eac
In a democratic society, law is used to ensure the efficient social progress and to protect citizens. The focus on an efficient society sometimes is prioritised over protecting and serving citizens. Citizens who live in countries under dictatorship are even more likely to be exposed to unjust laws.
And is it a good thing if it is?
Should British children all be atheists until they can 'choose' what to believe? Should children be forced to believe in atheism? should children choose what to believe at all?
Garry Small conducted some tests with experienced web surfers and novices on their brain activity. He scanned their brains while they were surfing the net. The experienced internet users there was much more brain activity in the prefrontal cortex. Having had the novice surfers spend an hour a day su
We all like to win; so a cooperative game where everybody gets something 'should' be desirable for everyone who is risk-averse and diplomatic. However, risk takers prefer zero-sum games; in which there is a clear winner and loser/losers.
So let it be with Caesar?
Is it true that we do not posthumously celebrate philanthropy as much as we denounce/celebrate evil? Hitler versus Mother Teresa? Can you name a late philanthropist for every Jack the ripper, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Husein, Gadaffi, Guy Fawkes and so on? Do we know o
The Pentagon has drawn up a report that accuses Wikileaks of being a threat to US national security. Wikileaks is a website where whistleblowers can publish documents anonymously without fear that they can be tracked and therefore punished. The website has published videos of the US army and Air for
Competition is a boon not a bane. In economics we are made to believe that if regulation was removed altogether we will have perfect free market economies in the long run; that will be more efficient than any economic scenario imaginable in the short run.
In academia: The idea that competitio
The internet has had massive benefits for academia. Suddenly where before there was only one library that students could easily access now there are millions of books online, archives can be uploaded and many journals are published online. Getting access to the relevant information for research and
From China in Asia to Nigeria, Africa, mobile innovation has taken a rapid penetration. However, this is possible as young people fully embrace new technologies and become active users. But then, questions arises that these innovations on the other hand become time waster/stealer from young people f
Eton-college/Andover is by far the most preferred institution for boys all over Britain/the-world/The-U.S. Perhaps, because it offers the best education a boy can have. How many coed schools compare? Zero.
Commander Ali Dizaei was promoted to the rank of commander only six months before he was suspended and charged with corruption. The Commissioner of the
Metropolitan Police Sir Paul Stephenson is using it to argue that the power to promote top officers rather than the political body where this
Google has threatened to pull out of china. Google in China is censored and google was widely considered to have 'sold out' to china when it decided to accept such censorship. Many in google felt uneasy about it, but they believed that new technologies would lead to a gradual opening up in china. In
Anonymity is all very well on much of the internet but it is understandable that news sites would want to reduce the number of anonymous comments on their sites. Many are now considering encouraging real names and some are moving to a policy of no comments.
Facebook, we all know, is the ultimate tool for procrastination, but is it entirely pointless? Don’t we need a period of relaxation in our overly hectic scheduled lives? Or are we all going just a poke too far?