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Camus’s Atheism and the Virtues of Inconsistency

Albert Camus demonstrated an atheism that was sympathetic to theists. This is remarkably distinct from the “New Atheists” of our time, who argue that theism is dangerous because it opens the door to fundamentalism. But fundamentalism is not just a conviction that one’s sacred text is complete and true, but also a demand that we all believe and act consistently with that text. Camus recognized that this demand for radical consistency is shared by other forms of extremism.

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Camus’s Atheism and the Virtues of Inconsistency

Albert Camus demonstrated an atheism that was sympathetic to theists. This is remarkably distinct from the “New Atheists” of our time, who argue that theism is dangerous because it opens the door to fundamentalism. But fundamentalism is not just a conviction that one’s sacred text is complete and true, but also a demand that we all believe and act consistently with that text. Camus recognized that this demand for radical consistency is shared by other forms of extremism.

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Essay

Why celebrities should become science communicators

In light of the recent media exposure of Amazon wildfires in South America, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has publicly denied the trustworthiness of scientific evidence that supports the devastating impact of deforestation, calling it “lies”. This discrediting behavior towards science from a political leader might negatively impact public opinion. As a global community, we are therefore in desperate need of public figures with relevant media resonance to communicate science in a solid and reliable manner, in order to eventually fight biased political ideologies. Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonardo DiCaprio recently attempted to send vigorous messages, but their initiatives are sporadic and sometimes

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Adriano Aguzzi
Commentary

Public Service Open Access (PSOA) is also not enough

This is a commentary article on a recent editorial published in Nature and authored by Adriano Aguzzi. He proposes a new idea – Public Service Open Access (PSOA) – to overcome problems related to “open access” publications, a format he calls “broken access”. I have some major concerns with this proposal.

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Essay

Do politicians have enough political education?

There is no prerequisite for education when one aspires to become a politician. Unlike for many other jobs, politicians do not need to follow a specific career path to reach powerful positions, nor do they ever need to prove their political knowledge. The fact that, additionally, political education is not the preliminary election criteria for voters, being overshadowed by charisma, communication skills and representation in social media, might lead to the empowering of people with a lack of political knowledge.

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Essay

Life is all about sacrifice

This is a provocative article. The style adopted is intentionally direct and mocking. We need to wake up from a dream in which we do nothing but complaining about how painful and unsatisfying our life can be. We have to fight for our desire of self-realization. Better to start now. — Perhaps, you want to hear a story about the reason why the instant you are born, you cry. Do you feel you are alive just to suffer? Deep in your mind, you are convinced that your role in society is to sacrifice your aspirations, your dreams, your plans. But

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Bolivia

Days of future past in Bolivia: memory and protest at the start of the post-Morales era

Controversy over the legitimacy of Bolivia’s presidential elections this past October led to large-scale protests and street violence. Longtime president Evo Morales was forced to seek asylum, and the country’s caretaker president appears to be promoting the return of right wing rule to a country that for more than a decade has seen the advance of the rights and well-being of its indigenous majority. But Bolivia is historically a country with a high level of social mobilisation, where popular and indigenous identity incorporate the memory of past protest, and any effort to undo Morales’s legacy of decolonisation will be met

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International Relations

The US and Russia want a weaker Europe: here’s why

The European Union is a supranational institution and political project that could become one of the world’s superpowers. However, its success is being undermined by the interests of the US and Russia, who wish to weaken the political stability of the union. Here we discuss why European cohesion causes headaches in Moscow and Washington D.C., and how the two superpowers are trying to deal with the increasingly strong presence of the European Union in international affairs.

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Macrostory

How is Saint Barbara associated with a delicious dish?

St. Barbara’s fest is celebrated by Arab Christians (Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Protestant) in December every year. This day is very special in the Levant, not only for Christians, but also for many fans of ‘Burbara’. This wheat festive dish is celebrated by Christian family members of all ages and enjoyed best when shared with Muslim neighbors and friends.

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Macrostory

Will a general election solve the UK’s Brexit problem?

Recently a motion was passed in the UK parliament to allow a general election to take place on the 12th December 2019. The main reason for this is the long-standing failure of the House of Commons to agree on the UK withdrawal from the European Union. Ministers believe that a general election will allow people to break the deadlock in parliament, with the formation of a majority government that is able to pass legislation without strong opposition. In this article I discuss why a general election is unlikely to solve the UK’s Brexit problem.

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Deconstructing hierarchical societies for a happier life

Modern societies are grounded in pyramidal models, where a tiny portion of the population plays leading roles and the remaining occupy subordinated positions. One of the major ways to maintain such a hierarchy is by adopting systems of comparison to hire personnel or to evaluate students. This approach does not seem to cultivate unique talents. What would happen if we could reconstruct a society in which spontaneous inclinations and human subjectivity are directly brought into play?

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Herd Immunity: a perspective on Venezuela’s socioeconomic crisis

The lack of awareness of Venezuela’s deteriorating public health care system caused by Venezuela’s socioeconomic crisis is unprecedented. With the sharp decline of vaccination rates, the country is currently seeing colossal outbreaks of preventable diseases resurface once again, highlighting the importance of herd immunity. If these problems are not addressed soon, the rest of the world might just end up sharing the aftermath of Venezuela’s health crisis. 

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Is the world ready for CRISPR babies?

Is the world ready for CRISPR babies?

The gene editing technology notoriously known as CRISPR/Cas9 has gained vast attention after the Chinese scientist He Jiankui claimed he had, for the first time ever, created gene-edited twins. While He has received negative criticism for his work amongst the scientific community, many believe the world can benefit from this powerful technology. He Jiankui has decided that the world is ready for germline gene editing, but does the rest of the world feel the same?

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