Archive for the ‘social change’ Category

Warsi on Secular Society

February 15, 2012

Baroness Warsi has been complaining about the ‘militant secularisation’ of society and the ‘marginilisation of religion’. If she means that the views of the religious are not deferred to in policy making, she is probably right but does she really want to change that? As a Muslim, she should perhaps be careful what she wishes for. (more…)

Will 25% of 16 Year-olds Really Live to be 100?

April 20, 2011

Tuesday’s press was full of stories such as this suggesting that one in four current 16 year olds will live to be 100. I was a bit suspicious of this as it doesn’t seem that long since we were being told that current teenagers are an unhealthy bunch who only shift from their xboxes long enough to grab another portion of chips. Also the Government leapt onto the report as justification for hacking away at pension provision. (more…)

Atheism and Society

June 29, 2010

I have followed and participated in numerous net debates on science, religion and atheism over the years (and in many more off-line) and am increasingly of the view that our culture is ill-equipped to cope with people who publicly profess their atheism. (more…)

Unevidenced Policy

May 3, 2010

[BPSDB]The computer system at my workplace, a state secondary school, was down for three days last week. As a result, the usual practice of presenting lessons using interactive whiteboards had to be abandoned in favour of more traditional methods. Some teachers reckoned that student behaviour improved during these lessons. This got me thinking. (more…)

Powder Keg

April 8, 2010

I don’t normally do political opinion pieces but recent events in South Africa have prompted an exception. My wife and in-laws are black South Africans so my visits there are not as touristy as those of many European visitors. I like to believe that gives me a bit more knowledge of the country. Probably the same level of knowledge that an Urdu speaker from Lahore would gain about Britain from visiting relatives in Bradford. (more…)

The ‘Broken Britain’ Hoax

March 13, 2010

We received a letter from TeenH’s school yesterday complaining about behaviour: not hers in particular but her year group in general. The complaint, however, had nothing to do with events at the school. (more…)

“Return of the Race Myth”

July 8, 2009

Osagie K. Obasogie’s opinion piece “Return of the Race Myth” in the 4 July issue of New Scientist opens with:-

“As the 20th-century world recoiled from the horrors of Nazi Germany and the eugenics movement, we learned how economic , political and social circumstances produced the racial differences that science had once claimed to be “natural”. Race came to be recognised as a social construct – an aspect of social choices rather than a reflection of biological differences between racial groups.”

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Bad Science and Bad Finance

September 30, 2008

[BPSDP]A fundemental axiom of science is that if the predictions made by your theory are wrong, the fault lies with your theory, not with reality. Somebody really should have told the Wall Street and City wbankers that the same applies to mathematical models of the economy. (more…)

The Future of Work

May 16, 2008

In the┬áMay issue of Analog magazine, editor Stanley Schmidt discussed population growth and migration. He made one point that struck this long time SF reader as rather familiar. (more…)