Appeals to the crowd; different takes on existentialism; science and religion; cause and effect; the inadequacy of knowledge; wild postulations on empathy; misleading appearances; anecdotal conclusions. Consider this a layman’s introduction to that most nuanced and miasmic of disciplines: philosophy. As an introduction it will do less to explain concepts and more to give you a sense of how messy philosophy is to the uninitiated, … Continue reading Here’s Something All People Could Agree On
It’s a New Year, and it’s going to be a new HaCK. We’re talking bi-weekly posts (at least) and a marginally improved site design, we’re talking an official logo, a Facebook page…and, well, yeah, the first few articles of the year are going to be about philosophy. So what? Up here in site management we’re a pretty philosophical sort of folk. But not to worry! … Continue reading Happy New January!
By Kent Barker. Article first appeared in HIP in June 2018. I never expected my investment to make a return. It was enough to be part of a community effort to save a historic artefact. There was the added bonus that as the regeneration took place I felt a sense of personal pride. And I could boast to friends that I owned Hastings Pier – or … Continue reading Boycott the Pier in the Hope it Fails Again
Gareth Stevens wonders what lessons can we learn when people try to change things for the better…and not only fail, but make things worse. In 2003, Barbera Streisand became very alarmed when an aerial photograph of her Malibu beach home was published on an internet website. Subsequently she unsuccessfully attempted to sue Kenneth Adelman at Pictopia.com for posting the image believing that it would lead … Continue reading The Cobra Effect
Gareth Stevens examines the dangers of mistaking correlation for causation and vice versa. If you are like me, you have probably noticed an indisputable correlation between a downturn in your mental wellbeing and incessantly cruising the internet and repeatedly checking your social networking apps. Come on – hands up if you have noticed this, it can’t be just me? So is this just coincidence or … Continue reading Let’s All Keep Bees to Win the “War on Drugs”
We’re all humans and there’s no reason why any one of us should be able to rule over any of the rest of us. I understand that not everyone accepts this as a given, and I’m a little exhausted by that: people unwilling to use or presently incapable of using empathy. It’s nothing we can help. There’s a fateful inevitability to human proceedings that doesn’t … Continue reading Democracy – the New Anarchism?