SOCIOLOGY – Theodor Adorno

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was born in Frankfurt in 1903 into a wealthy and cultured family. His father, a wine merchant, was of Jewish origin but had converted to Protestantism at university. Until his twenties, Adorno planned for a career as a composer, but eventually focused on philosophy. In 1934, he Continue Reading

Hardwell – Three Triangles (Losing My Religion) (Original Club Mix)

Ooh, life is bigger It’s bigger than you And you are not me The lengths that I will go to The distance in your eyes Oh no I’ve said too much I set it up That’s me in the corner That’s me in the spotlight Losing my religion Trying to Continue Reading

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Continue Reading

PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy glamorous. He was born in Paris in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died when he was a baby – and he grew up extremely close to his mother until she remarried, much to his regret, when he was twelve. Sartre spent most of Continue Reading

PHILOSOPHY: Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida was one of the most famous, controversial, but also wise figures in recent French intellectual life. He invented a way of doing philosophy that he called Deconstruction, which fundamentally altered our understanding of many academic fields, especially literary studies. Derrida was born in 1930 in El Biar, a Continue Reading

The Dawn of Capitalism

Generous, thoughtful, sensitive people are often drawn to the view that we shouldn’t expect economies to grow. After all, the earth and its resources are limited. So why keep asking for GDP to expand? It’s understandable if this opinion is widespread, but perhaps a good future depends not on minimizing Continue Reading

9 Crazy Religions You Have Probably Never Heard Of

9 Crazy Religions You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Today we’re going to learn about 9 crazy religions you’ve probably never heard of. I get that religion is a pretty fucked up topic, but come on, how weird can they possibly be? Trust me, some of this stuff is really “out Continue Reading

Religion vs Philosophy in 3 Minutes

As a history teacher, I am often asked the question about what’s the difference between a philosophy and a religion. It’s always a difficult question to answer, because of course there is so much overlap between the two and many philosophies have religious aspects just as many religions are filled Continue Reading

Why Religious Beliefs Aren’t Just Silly

From a distance, it can all seem very silly. These people have gone to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in the hope that the Virgin Mary might cure them of cancer and heart disease. These people have gone to Medjugorje in Bosnia Herzegovina to pray they might get Continue Reading