What this ancient Babylonian tablet teaches us about the politics of discovery

Recent coverage of the Plimpton 322 has made inflated claims about the importance of its discovery – but does it hold up to scrutiny?
 
Artefact Plimpton 322 has been in the news lately – an ancient Babylonian clay tablet inscribed with numbers (now known as Pythagorean Triples) which has recently been hailed as a key unearthing in the existence of trigonometry. Read more...

Student network launches campaign for fair migrant reporting

An Oxford-based student campaign network group has today launched a set of principles aimed at improving media’s portrayal of migrant issues.

People & Planet developed the list in coordination with migrant activists, young migrants, and members of the media. It includes proposals such as a moratorium on the use of the phrase “illegal immigrants” in favour of more humanising terms, more direct input from migrants in coverage of their issues, and the neutralisation of racial prejudice in media coverage. Read more...

It takes a lot of cash to have few things: the fetishisation of scandinavian minimalism

People are loving clean lines, less clutter, getting balanced and getting conscious with their design choices these days. Scandinavian design captures this essence and is increasingly infiltrating home decor, fashion, food and coffee. But why? and why now?
 
Within Europe, Nordic culture and society is put on a socio-economic, political and cultural pedestal: from their energy efficiency (even though Norway’s top export is petroleum), to their social-democratic approach to government policies, they really seem to be getting it right. Read more...

Big Pharma and ADHD: Stop the overprescription of harmful medication

 

Last time I talked about how reshaping our conceptions towards the idea that the self is dynamic and changeable – with awareness, desire, and perseverance – can lead us all on a path to betterance. This time round, I want to show how pharmaceutical giants have pushed a culture of overdiagnosis and overmedication of ADHD onto us, harming our children and our society all in the pursuit of profits. Read more...