For example tattoos, self-harm or taking drugs that are harmful to health. The question ignores the question of external effects, so for example we should not debate here for or against a smoking ban due to second-hand smoke deaths. That is another question. The question is, should people be allowed
We keep being told contradictory things about foods, particularly controversial foods that we like such as wine and chocolate. One minute they help us fight a disease and the next there is another headline saying they are bad for us in new ways – in this case depression. So on balance is chocolat
Do-Gooders, philanthropists, humanitarian people, the ones who care; gotta love 'em. But is it always good to care? I'd like to relay a story my principal related to the school long ago: Once upon a time there was a caterpillar stuck in its cocoon and a goodly well-meaning stranger grabbed his sciss
Social media is the most up to date way of communicating; young people in particular are hooked. Yet as with many such technologies schools mostly consider social networks to be detrimental to learning and they are restricted or banned in schools. Instead social media should be embraced as a way of
The cost of DNA testing has fallen dramatically. Now that it’s available to many more people should we be testing ourselves and our children? Or is the process still in its infancy and too prone to error?
Neil Wilson, executive head teacher of a group of schools in South Manchester, is wrong when he blames television for children’s lack of education and communication. In fact, provided children are watching suitable programming, television is one of the most effective mediums through which to teach
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
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 competiti
Should there be a minimum weight limit for professional models?
In our modern and media influenced society there is an increasing presentation of beauty in women, using extremely thin models. Petite, skinny and beautiful models are frequently size zero (UK size 4) and labelled as such, promote th