Daan van Schalkwijk

Daan van Schalkwijk writes from the Netherlands. He teaches biology at a university in Amsterdam and is the director of Leidenhoven College, a collegiate hall of residence. He blogs at Science and Beyond.

A school of mediocrity?
15 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: Alain de Botton, nihilism
Alain de Botton’s common-sense risks leading people to nihilism

Why should respect for nature stop at the human being?
7 Sep 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: ecology, LGBT politics, The Netherlands
‘Rainbow’ politics in the Netherlands is at odds with ecological awareness.

Wake up and smell the coffee
26 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: materialism, solidarity, World Youth Day
World Youth Day gives all of us a glimpse of our real priorities.

Google, why #prideforeveryone and not #hopeforeveryone?
8 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: google, LGBT movement, pride
Can a company that endorses pride be trusted?

Where’s the love?
10 Feb 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: anthropology, Love, philosophy, World Youth Day
Could we find it at World Youth Day in Poland this year?

Joy and suffering in a special family
31 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, suffering
People with disabilities and poor health are a treasure.

Welfare reform needs strong families
18 Mar 2015 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Netherlands, welfare
Can society support families without relying on government?

Conquering mental castles
28 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics, philosophy
Western philosophy has acquired the habit of thinking of men as machines. How can this be overcome?

Why genes + environment ≠ Us
30 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: biological determinism, genetics, Tourette's syndrome
A battle against Tourette's syndrome suggests that there is more to human beings than evolutionary biology tells us.

Losing weight by gaining character
5 Nov 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: character, character education, obesity
Self-control is more effective than gastric banding in the fight against obesity.

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