entertainment and education
Digital multitasking: scourge or blessing?
Anya Kamenetz | 22 May 2013 |
tags: education, multitasking, social media
How can we teach students to focus on what they ought to be doing?
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Ronan Wright | 20 May 2013 |
tags: film reviews
The familiar characters face very contemporary issues of terrorism and militarism in this nicely characterised film.
What is parenthood?
Peter Jon Mitchell | 15 May 2013 |
In debates about the family, some social scientists are asserting the primacy of theory over facts. Is this science?
What do the children say?
Robert Oscar Lopez | 12 May 2013 |
The children of same-sex couples normally love the people who raised them. But many of them still have reservations about same-sex marriage.
The value of a liberal-arts education
Jill Tiefenthaler | 09 May 2013 |
tags: education, liberal arts
Colleges must prepare young people to think with rigour and creativity rather than just train them for a job.
Ronan Wright | 22 April 2013 |
tags: film reviews, kidnapping, piracy
This extraordinary Danish film about a merchant ship taken by Somali pirates is a masterpiece of tension and characterisation.
Ronan Wright | 16 April 2013 |
tags: Argentina, film reviews
A gut-wrenching Argentinian drama about life in the sprawling slums of Buenos Aires gives English-speaking viewers an insight into the background of the new Pope.
The West’s two big mistakes in the Arab world
Jennifer S. Bryson | 08 April 2013 |
tags: Arab Spring, book reviews, Islam
By treating Islam as monolithic and insisting on secularisation Western powers miss opportunities to help democracy take root.
Francis Phillips | 02 April 2013 |
tags: book reviews, revolution, Russia
"Losers are no less worthy of being remembered than winners," writes a chronicler of the last days of the Russian aristocracy.
Mea Maxima Culpa: an exposé of an exposé
Sean Murphy | 02 April 2013 |
tags: film reviews, media ethics, sexual abuse
The scandal of an abusive priest in Wisconsin was ghastly enough. But a powerful documentary misrepresents how the Catholic Church dealt with it.
The truth of the Magdalene Laundries emerges
Ronan Wright | 02 April 2013 |
tags: abuse crisis, film reviews, Ireland
A report by the Irish government fails to back widely-accepted allegations of abuse by Catholic nuns.
A divine foot in the door
David Gallagher | 22 March 2013 |
tags: book reviews, Darwinism, materialism
Atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel explains why the materialist Neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false.
Oz the Great and Powerful
Laura Cotta Ramosino | 22 March 2013 |
tags: film reviews
The 3D techniques are beautiful but the plot quite predictable in this prequel to the original Wizard of Oz.
Get out your stripey socks
Mary O'Neill Le Rumeur | 20 March 2013 |
tags: bioethics, Down syndrome
... and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It's time to explode the myths and fears that surround this condition.
Laura Cotta Ramosino | 04 March 2013 |
tags: film reviews, Tolstoy
The latest screen adaptation of Tolstoy's famous novel fails to portray the original's emotional complexity.
The 2013 Oscars
Brendan Malone | 27 February 2013 |
tags: Academy Awards, Oscars
They got the best picture right and the best actor right. How did they ever choose the best foreign film?
What money can’t buy
Michael Cook | 26 February 2013 |
What is the proper role of money and markets in a democratic society? How can we protect the priceless goods in moral and civic life from being bought and sold?
Books for fun and inspiration…
Carolyn Moynihan , Clare Cannon and Michael Cook | 26 February 2013 |
tags: book lists, cheerfulness
… and an antidote for the over-cheerful. All good literature, though.
“Wadjda” - a breakthrough for Saudi women
Mary O'Neill Le Rumeur | 26 February 2013 |
tags: film reviews, Saudi Arabia
The first feature movie made in Saudi Arabia breaks new ground in other ways also.
A Good Day to Die Hard
Raffaele Chiarulli | 20 February 2013 |
tags: film reviews
Entertaining for action movie lovers, but not a patch on the early films of the Die Hard franchise.
The joys of Weltschmerz
Michael Cook | 19 February 2013 |
tags: films, melancholy, Weltschmerz
Feeling too happy? Need something to remind you that life is a serious business? Here are our suggestions.
The least of these
Anthony Esolen | 19 February 2013 |
tags: Boy Scouts, childhood, homosexuality
Our government has failed to admit that its own selfishness is the root of many societal problems it has tried to address.
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