47. Thames Madhouse



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46. Poverty UK



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45. Icelandic Palm



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44. Dunning Kruger Effect

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43. Black Hollywood

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42. Two Women a Week

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41. Orwell Screens

When was the line crossed between choosing to have a mobile, and not being able to do without one? When did freedom become choice? When did choice become need? We demand more protection of our privacy while giving our privacy away.

The collection of our data or so called big data has been collected for a while now. Filling in coupons posted through the mail box promising a cash prize. Fill in the personal details, post it back. Those details then sold onto companies for profit. Now through our phones this is done on a massive scale with us knowing it: but not really knowing how far and how much data is collected.

As we all know the customer is right. But it is always the seller who tells us so. Always.

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40. Emotional Smell

The sense of smell , Emotional Smell, more than any other is connected to memory.
This is because there is a short cut between the sense of smell and emotional centre of the brain.

The smell comes directly into the olfactory bulb, which is close to the emotional areas of the amygdala, and hippocampus. The other senses of sight, hearing and touch are not connected to these areas of the brain. As always this can go both ways triggering positve and negative memories. Humans focus on their abilty to see but perhaps our sense of smell gives us a deeper vision into ourselves.
Rather than asking what did others see? Ask them what did they smell?

 

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39. Philippa Foot

Philisopher Philippa Foot claimed ‘In moral philosophy it is useful, I believe, to think about plants.’
Her point was that nature is how things are, morality is how we humans think things ought to be.
Are humans a part of nature or not?

It is a hope that we have about our civilised selves that we have morals. We can improve oursleves. Can moral judgments be true or false? Perhaps they don’t describe the world: they are there to be chosen. Do humans construct their own values, or are they natural?

Foot was brought up in privilege but not in education. Against family values she applied to Oxford University. There she was shown how to think freely. ” If there is such a thing as goodness, it is not to be found in nature, and therefore, not to be investigated by those who make it their business to study nature, ie scientists and their philosophical apprentices.”

Right and wrong, good and bad were purely subjective wishes. Religion and art were seen as false. Looking at the impact of the Holocaust negated the idea that the moral was automatically good. The sense that all morality was good would not stand anymore. What happened if morality was bad? Or just what humans made it what they wanted it to be?

The point is that individuals choose their values freely. There was less sense of good and bad. Was it moral or acceptable that you could explain away your values and ethics being ordered by a higher authority? As Satre pointed out humans do not have a basic nature but a blank canvas which they are free to write on.

The fact that we think oursleves as masters of the universe does not stand up to scrutiny when we are destroying nature and the world we live in. Foot explained that there was little difference between a natural use of good as in the good roots of a tree, and or a person’s actions being good. Her intention was never to answer questions but just to say: ‘nothing is settled, but everything is left as it was’.

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38. Moneyland

Moneyland. The real Goldfinger was called Siegmund Warburg.
In this era we are complacent but not shocked to be told that the wealth of the world is held by fewer and fewer individuals. This was not always so. After WW2 the poor were becoming richer and everyone was more equal.

The destabilising of currencies and economies falling apart contributed to two World Wars. So the Allies manipulated a worldwide economy which restricted the flow of currencies by linking the world economy to the US dollar and gold. As ever the system was biased to the west so it was up for being side stepped. To cut a long story short Warburg found a legal way around this. The magic of the Eurobond. It let the City of London free.

This created what Oliver Bullough called Moneyland. Offshore finance and a world where wealthy individuals and their money remain protected from scrutiny. This enormous wealth perverts lives and countries in the name of profit. Companies become so big that governments have to stretch laws, turn the other way and hide how advertising, the media, and the internet is being influenced to favour them. Beware Moneyland.

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