THE RETHINKING BLOG
Critical thinking through a diversity of ideas
What is good taste? According to the artist-cum-social-commentator Grayson Perry, it is what is accepted by our tribe. In this case, our social class. His series of 6 tapestries named ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ is a humorous and enlightening exploration of how aesthetic taste and social class are interwoven in modern Britain.
— Rebecca Appleton
Nowadays, it’s impossible to go to a coffee shop, walk along the street, or sit on a train without being surrounded by people staring at their phone screens. And no wonder! Our smartphones enable us to engage with people and ideas from all over the world. At the same time, they are highly addictive and research shows they can detract from our social interactions. Is it time we broke up with our smartphones?
— Jessica Bennett
How did a popular regional Hindu deity become synonymous with unstoppable forces and the death of Jesus Christ? The work of missionaries is often controversial, and through an analysis of the vitriol on the subject of the god Jagannath spread by evangelicals in the 19th century, we can observe the cultural hatred and destruction bred by missionaries, whilst also understanding why they feel the need to convert, and the good works they do around the world.
— Benjamin Kumar Morris
“The division of labor among nations is that some specialize in winning and others in losing. Our part of the world, known today as Latin America, was precocious: it has specialized in losing ever since those remote times when Renaissance Europeans ventured across the ocean and buried their teeth in the throats of the Indian civilizations”.
— Giselle Vega
Swiftly approaching the end of my economics degree, I find myself -much like many of my more critical colleagues- questioning what it is that this great university institution has made of us. In this short reflection I shall make the case that rather than being agents capable of doing economic analysis, interpreting the basic economic question and applying critical economic thinking to problems we may be faced with, the modern-day economics course is one which gives its students hammers, to whom all economic issues swiftly become nails.
— Omer Selcuk