We are celebrating publication of a Canfordian’s written word in a national publication. Max Glowacki has written an article on a novel entitled Eva Luna by Isabel Allende that will be published in the next edition of the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish. This is one of the novels Max studied in preparation for his successful application to read Spanish and German at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge for 2019 entry, and the editorial team has decided to include his article in the new edition due to its excellent academic standard.
It has become fashionable in recent decades amongst commentators on British politics to speak of the increasingly “presidential” role of our prime minister. In seeking to evaluate the truth in this claim I will judge to what extent the office of prime minister has become more like that of a US president in both a stylistic and constitutional manner.
The human race has always been fascinated by immortality; in fact, the main aim of alchemy, the basis of modern day chemistry, was to find the philosopher’s stone – a mythological substance that could create an elixir of life. As scientific potential rapidly grows we have an increasing chance of understanding the complex mechanisms of aging and thus how it can be overcome. Whilst to many the concept seems science fiction alone, scientists all over the world are beginning to see aging as a disease which will soon be cured. However, the nature of this cure is still unknown and many avenues are being explored.
A Day in the Life of my Food - Illustration of the digestive system.
In Back to the Future part 2, Doc Brown and Marty McFly travelled to October 21st 2015. It’s now November 16th 2018. So, where’s my hoverboard, why don’t my shoes tie themselves? The future always seems to be so far away, and every time there’s a technological breakthrough, people seem less and less amazed.
Our future will be exciting, and the world we leave will be completely different to the one we entered. We are the ones who are going to change it and I think it’s important that we talk about how our advances may affect us in the long run.
The number of people living with Alzheimer’s worldwide is growing exponentially and this is putting massive strain on healthcare facilities and resources worldwide. This is not because Alzheimer’s is a new disease but simply because were just living much longer. The human body wasn’t designed to live for 80, 90 even 100 years and the signs of mortality are beginning to show. In the UK Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death without any treatments to prevent, cure or even slow the progression. Part of the fear around Alzheimer’s stems from the sense that despite decades of research there’s still nothing you can do about it. So if we’re lucky to live long enough Alzheimer’s seems to be our brains destiny.
Four years ago today, I was devastated by the news that I had missed one of my A Level grades and had therefore been rejected by Exeter University. I remember frantically calling the admissions office and unsuccessfully pleading with the lady on the other end of the phone to accept me. I had had my heart set on studying at Exeter for years and I really struggled to process that this was not going to become a reality for me.
After several days of feeling really upset and thinking everything through with the support of my parents and teachers, I decided instead to defer my entry to Cardiff University, which was my insurance choice, and to take a gap year – something that I had previously been too nervous to commit to doing. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Richard Dawkins once famously said that “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called Religion”. Mark Twain asserted that “The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals… and upwards of a thousand lies” while Ronald Reagan sat on completely the other end of the spectrum when he insisted that “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
All three are bold claims, and whether you side with Dawkins and Twain, Reagan, or find yourself somewhere in the grey area of indecision regarding the Bible, there can be no doubt that it’s been one of the most influential and impactful books ever written.
I want to focus on just one core aspect of the Bible’s message: The Genesis account, the crucial issues it raises regarding free will and God’s right to make the rules, and why the rest of the Bible is absolutely dependent on them.
I am sure for many of you sitting here that the first thing that pops into your head when I say foreign aid is something like this: western countries sending mountains of supplies to small African children with big round bellies who are starving to death. Celebrities like Bob Geldof and Angelina Jolie going to visit helpless children and telling you through Comic Relief or Children In Need that they need your money to help them. These are our presuppositions when we think of international aid, and I am here to tell you what really goes on behind closed doors.
Secularization is the transformation of a society from close identification and affiliation with religious values and institutions toward non-religious values and secular institutions. In effect, it’s the relegation and compartmentalization of religion into being just one part of life, as opposed to being an all-pervading feature. Religion has dominated societies all over the world for hundreds of years and it hasn’t been until relatively recently, generally speaking, not until at least the twentieth century, that secularization occurred and religion began to lose its tight grip on certain societies.