Rahul - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: Year 12 student Rahul writes here in response to the fascinating philosophy question set for the New College of the Humanities essay competition, 2021. 'Should robots have rights?' - what do you think? CPD “Man is a robot with defects.” 1 Emil Cioran (The Trouble With Being Born) From behind pristine glass … Continue reading Should robots have rights?
Francesca - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: Talented student Francesca, now in Year 12, writes here about two prominent 18th century philosophers, namely Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and Jean-Jaques Rousseau (1712-1778). Whilst both men were influential thinkers during the Age of Enlightenment, the 'intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during … Continue reading According to Kant, is Rousseau a figure of the Enlightenment?
Michal - Year 12 Student Editor’s Note: Year 12 student Michal writes here for the GSAL Science Magazine on the fascinating topic of robot rights. As Michal notes, "[a]rtificial intelligence raises serious questions about philosophical boundaries. While we may ask if sentient robots are conscious or deserving of rights, it forces us to pose basic questions like ‘What … Continue reading Robot Rights – an impossibility or an inevitability?
Mr C Dodd - TGJ Staff Editor Be Philosophical What is love? If everyone loved everyone would the world be a better place? What different kinds of love are there? (I don’t, for example, love peanut butter the way I love my sisters, so there must be more than one kind) Obviously. Most people from … Continue reading Developing Thinking Skills: September 2019
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor Be Philosophical How should we treat animals? Is it possible that some animals (dolphins, chimps, birds, dogs etc) have sophisticated languages that we aren’t able to interpret YET? (But we might be able to in the future.) Imagine ordering a burger if you could understand what a cow was … Continue reading Developing Thinking Skills: May 2019
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor In Our Time https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl In Our Time is one of the BBC’s most successful academic discussion programmes. It covers a wide range of topics, including history, philosophy, religion, culture and science, with insightful contributions from leading academics in their chosen field. Each forty minute episode is available to download … Continue reading Podcast: In Our Time
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor Be Philosophical Rich and ugly, or poor and pretty? B Solve It! How many socks make a pair? There are four pairs of blue socks and three pairs of red socks in a drawer. In the dark, how many socks must you take out of the drawer to be … Continue reading Developing Thinking Skills: Feb 2019
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor Be Philosophical Can you think about nothing? B Oxbridge Interview Questions Ladybirds are red. So are strawberries. Why? Biological Sciences Should it be illegal to run a red light in the middle of the night on an empty road? Law What exactly do you think is involved in blaming … Continue reading Developing Thinking Skills: Nov 2018