“We cared little for what lay beyond the borders of our land. Songs we have that tell of these things, but we are forgetting them, teaching them only to children, as a careless custom.” We Lack Discipline look at this quote from Théoden, King of Rohan, in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and how meaningful it is for human lives, curiosity and advancement.
Category Archives: Society
John’s Place: The Incredible Story Behind Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
An incredible tale of the family behind the building of John’s Place, once a house of the ‘Kidd’ family and now home to the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.
The Patriarchal Health Crisis
A serious look at the health crisis in men and the significant contributory factor of the masculine identity and the social expectations placed upon men by society as a whole to perform a masculine role.
My Life and Insomnia
A look at insomnia, how it affects me, and what I think we need to do to move forward as a society less judgemental of those with sleep issues and more open to managing the more extreme treatment options that we currently are hesitant to prescribe.
Wicked Problems: Trophy Hunting
A look at the complex issue of trophy hunting and conservation – a very wicked problem with no easy solution.
The Aspinall Elephant Controversy
A look at the plan by The Aspinall Foundation to re-wild 13 captive, Kentish born elephants into ‘the wild’ in Kenya and why many scientists, conservationists and local community groups think it might not be such a good idea and is, in fact, ego-conservationism being done by someone who might have more financial interest in it than people could be led to believe.
Men, We Need to Talk About Violence
A long-read about maleness, masculinity and masculinised violence. Looking at how violence disproportionately affects, and is perpetrated by, men. My discussion on the psychological, sociological and anthropological implications and potential ideas of how we can help moving forward.
My Life and Disappointment
A look at expectation and reality in the human mind and how they can lead to disappointment with the focus being on people who have low expectations and for whom the reality is even lower. People with bad luck who are being failed because society refuses to acknowledge the reality of how life works.
Top Ten Hated (But Misunderstood) Animals – 7- The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
A defence of the fox in a PR war that the anti-fox lobby is definitely losing. The UK’s largest predator, a beautiful canid, the red fox, Vulpes vulpes, is a shining example of adaptive success. They are wonderful animals, a true blessing to see in our countryside and our urban environments, a great control of over-abundant rabbits and a consumer of our waste food saving us untold amounts of money on waste disposal. The fox still has a reputation, mainly due to a lobby determined to see it held up as a villain to justify their own bloodsport. Fox hunting is an abhorrent and unjustifiable practice that should be totally banned.
Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism
Because they don’t want to behave like dicks? Okay, obvious answer out of the way let’s get to a little explaining. I’ve given you fundamentals of life, in my introduction to biology, if you want a recap go over it. In there I talk about how life has been evolving, constantly, for close to 4Continue reading “Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism”