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Science & Technology

Hannah Arendt on SpaceX

Hannah Arendt, a 20th century German-Jewish political theorists, noted that people reacted with awe and inspiration in a similar way to the same event in 1961 as the space x launch in 2020. The reason people were so moved by it was that it symbolised humanity growing up. Finally, we had surpassed our adolescence and were […]

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Opinion

Periscope Recommends #1

Capital’s logistical fix: Accumulation, globalization, and the survival of capitalism by Martin Danyluk Martin Danyluk explores how developments in logistics have underpinned globalisation and the reproduction of capitalist social relations into the 21st century. Danyluk uses David Harvey’s concept of the ‘fix’ to dissect the role of the logistics industry in offsetting capitalism’s crisis tendencies […]

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Coronavirus

Montaigne’s Guide to Social Media Overdose: How Philosophy Can Help Us During Lockdown

It is often remarked that ideas are considered with far greater seriousness after their author has been dead a few centuries. Although the ideas I intend to explore here were written first by a man who has indeed been dead for a number of centuries, I ask the reader to believe me when I say […]

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History

Revolução dos Cravos: Carnation Day in Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful country. Many tourists are discovering this fact, with the stunning and historical capital of Lisbon experiencing an increase in visitors over the last five years. In the standard discourse, not much is known about this culturally rich nation. I have personally never experienced hospitality like that I have received in Portugal. […]

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Opinion

Coronavirus Lockdown Will Leave a More Narcissistic Society

As Boris Johnson has extended the lockdown for a further three weeks, nobody wishes to come to terms with the fact that this shutdown will continue, in some form, for the foreseeable future. This is a paradigm-shifting event that will cause a profound change in the psychology of our society. Fundamentally, what we will value […]

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Opinion

‘Recognition? That’ll Do it!’

In times of crisis, the response is the most important form of action. Sometimes situations can be made worse, with smaller, internal problems arising as a result. The response also tells you a lot about the values and the logic of individuals and the society as a whole. People stockpile toilet roll, the police demonstrate […]