I, too, am London

“I, too, am Oxford” is a project based on the “I, too, am Harvard” initiative aimed at raising awareness of the sense of “other” that students at the university often feel and the micro-aggressions that they often suffer. While looking through the pictures on those pages, I realised that even in the last year, I…

Joy to the World – Humanist Version

I recently decided to compose a Humanist version of the famous Christian song “Joy to the World”. There have been numerous attempts to write lyrics to the song which reflect atheist principles, but as atheism is not a philosophy in itself and is by definition merely a negation of theist philosophy, atheist versions tend to…

Homeopathy – Can it work even theoretically?

The theory of homeopathy relies on two ideas. The “memory” of water and the “similar symptoms hypothesis”. I’m going to talk about both of these ideas and show that even IF homeopathy does work, it cannot work in the way homeopathic practitioners describe it. According to homeopathic practitioners, the hydrogen bonds of H2O are said to change…

Moral Development and Religion

Moral reasoning helps us to make ethical decisions and influences our ethical behaviour. If our moral reasoning is “faulty” or nonexistent then the ethical decisions that we make will be baseless as we can see from many people who suffer from a much misunderstood condition called psychopathy which manifests itself in a diminished capacity for…

Unusual Japanese Food

The Japanese generally eat less meat than other Asian nations, which is a throwback to a simpler time where it was actually illegal to keep, kill and eat livestock and even fish and other seafood. In 675, due to the influence of Buddhism, Emperor Temmu, banned the consumption of meat and fish and the Japanese survived on…