The Curiosity Index (10.08.2018)

Norway’s hidden scandal This one I think has been brewing for a while: The UN rates Norway one of the best countries for a child to grow up in. And yet too many children, according to a large number of Norwegian experts, are taken into care without good reason. The conviction of a top psychiatrist in the child protection system for downloading child abuse images is now raising further serious questions. I Can Only Imagine review For The Guardian to give an overtly Christian film a positive review means it must…

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How your family can be happier

A lot of people in the rich part of the world are unhappy. The reason for (some) of their happiness is now pretty evident – it’s our addiction to screens. To be a little more precise it’s our addiction to screens as our primary form of entertainment and interaction that is affecting life satisfaction. Too much of a good thing and all that. The two main culprits being the smartphone and the TV. As Jean Twenge says about her research into this: In other words, every activity that didn’t involve…

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What I watched in January 2018

This year I started to make a note of what I was watching in terms of film and TV. I did so for a number of reasons. One I forget, so this helps but also because it will help me see the breadth (or lack thereof) of how I use entertainment. So my first observation is simply, I watched a lot! Seeing the films and TV programmes written down shows you very clearly how much screen time you have consumed. Without doing this, I’d carry on and just assume it’s…

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