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The Curiosity Index (23.04.2019)

The failure who changed the world There was no state funeral, no miles-long procession following his body to its tomb, no carpet of flowers outside his home. He died an unjust death on trumped up charges and no one protested or even seemed to care. But the story in 2019 is rather different. Twenty centuries after his death he has 2.3 billion followers – 31% of the global population claims affiliation with the religion that takes his name… How come? How did this dismal disaster go on to inspire the…

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The Curiosity Index (Sweden edition)

Here are a collection of recent articles that illustrate quite well the strengths and weaknesses of the beautiful country of Sweden. The Environment Sweden has a great environment but there’s always more that could be done. So Green Swedes shun holiday flights for lure of the train and in a development I’m a big personal fan of Why Sweden Wants to Revive Europe’s Night Trains The wrong sort of equality Sweden prides itself on being an equal society or at least leading the way to becoming one. This may not…

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The Curiosity Index (16.04.2019)

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns in Paris This is terribly sad – a genuine iconic landmark has gone. Perhaps forever. Can we resolve the gospel accounts of Holy Week? The word ‘gospel’ means ‘announcement of good news about something that has happened’; a central part of the Christian claim is that, in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has done something, and so we cannot evade question of what exactly happened and when. Sceptics (both popular and academic) make much of these apparent inconsistencies, so there is an apologetic task…

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The Curiosity Index (Digital life edition)

After (yet another) unscheduled pause in writing I’m not going to be making any promises about regularity. If I can make it happen, great, if not well I’ll show up again here sometime. Writing may not have been happening but the collecting of links never ends. Today we’re looking at articles that help us think through our use of social media and organising our digital lives. What is the real problem with social media? And how should we respond? Tyler Cowen: “Online life is inducing us to invest less in…

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Brexit anxiety begins to bite

The morning of 24th June 2016, if I remember rightly, came as something of a shock. As I watched David Cameron, then Prime Minister resign, I struggled to come to terms with what had just happened. I’ll turn 44 this month and I’ve lived my whole life as a citizen, not just of the UK, but of Europe. And now that’s about to change (probably). As a teenager I’d left my council estate and made my way to university. I took day trips to Paris & Amsterdam. I studied on…

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