Friday thread: Perhaps ‘War’ brings a properly social benefit after all?

Today’s Friday thread is a talk delivered yesterday at the RSA in London by Ian Morris, author of a new book which posits the controversial idea that, over time, war is actually good for us, not necessarily as individuals but as societies. The presentation is fairly short but it was around this part I think Morris gets to the hub of his thesis… Violence is an evolved adaptation. Pretty much every species has its own way of using violence. Each …

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Friday thread: The secret power of time (and religion)…

I’ve loved this RSA Animate video series ever since Paul posted one for his dress down Friday series a few weeks… This one on time is great… Professor Philip Zimbardo says that research tells us that there Past, Present and Future focused people… It’s pretty funny the whole way through but, interestingly, he claims that people in Catholic countries tend to be past oriented… Whilst Protestants tend to be future oriented… Ahem [looks at his boots]… But do watch it, …

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General Election 2010: The PDF Action replay panel at RSA London

Highlights from the beginning of a lively session at the RSA in London on May 13th, featuring Craig Elder (Conservatives.com), myself, James Crabtree (Prospect Magazine), Stella Creasy (Labour Tweeter and MP), Anthony Painter (author of Barack Obama: Movement for Change) and Harry Cole (aka the blogger Tory Bear). Well worth the listen not least because of the variety of the inputs coming in from very different angles… Although sadly there is nothing of the following (at times very lively) debate, …

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