Stockholm’s advertising ban: what should be censored and who gets to decide?

Stockholm’s advertising ban: what should be censored and who gets to decide?

Stockholm’s municipal government is making recent headlines as it is expected to follow London and Paris in banning public advertisements deemed sexist or racist. The city’s effort to eliminate discriminatory or offensive advertising feels right in step with the rise of movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. While many people see this forthcoming legislation as a positive reaction to the insidiousness of sexist and racist undertones in the media, others are questioning how far this censorship will go and whether or not it should be left to politicians to determine what is acceptable.

What can be learned from applying the Socratic method to this debate on acceptable forms of government censorship?

How Can Learning Gains For Pupils Be Measured?

How Can Learning Gains For Pupils Be Measured?

Although she began speaking with a smile, confusion soon spread across the face of US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at her confirmation hearing in 2017. Her lack of understanding on the difference between measuring benchmark proficiency and relative growth in the classroom skyrocketed the issue into public consciousness. This fumble from a key figure in American educational policy reminds us of the central question at hand in the growth versus proficiency debate: Why measure learning gains? And how central is this ability to good education?

Critical thinking and the bottom line: are organisations ready for the ideas economy?

Critical thinking and the bottom line: are organisations ready for the ideas economy?

Critical thinking is about to become one of the most in-demand skillsets in the global job market. As automation and artificial intelligence have a greater and greater impact on the role of the human in the workplace, the need to stand out by developing advanced thinking skills like problem-solving, reasoning and creativity grows ever stronger.

Critical thinking: a new way to release potential

Critical thinking: a new way to release potential

Tomorrow’s business leaders will face challenges that are defined by two features: complexity and convergence. As we all know and see in our own day-to-day work experiences, the boundaries between functions, business areas, and roles are becoming increasingly blurred. Individuals are taking on an ever-increasing diversity of tasks, because hyperconnectivity, spurred by the technological revolution, is enabling those tasks to become ever more entangled.

Featured Book: Elizabeth Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

Featured Book: Elizabeth Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

It’s easy to believe that the reach of modern philosophy extends no further than the stuffy ivory towers of contemporary academia. That would be a mistake. Philosophy literally means “the love of wisdom,” and this love, when pursued earnestly, can change the way we think about right and wrong—and about ourselves.

“What sort of person ought I to be?” The question is a simple one, but for those who take it seriously, merely addressing it can have profound consequences.

Remembering the Russian Revolution of 1917: what is the right approach?

		Remembering the Russian Revolution of 1917: what is the right approach?

Whilst much of Europe reflected on the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution with apparent nostalgia, official commemorations in Russia were notably sparse. The day marking Lenin’s triumph over the Provisional Government has not been a national holiday since 2004 – when Vladimir Putin wiped it from the Russian calendar – yet this month the veracity of the President’s motives came under fire.  What can we learn from applying the Socratic method to the debate surrounding the appropriate Russian response to this year’s centenary?

Good decision-making: critical thinking in action

Good decision-making: critical thinking in action

We have become used to seeing critical thinking described as an essential skill, a core skill, the most important skill, and so on. This is a very good thing, but critical thinking needs not only to be seen as core and essential, but also to be these things. In other words, we must move beyond talking about its value, and try to ensure that it is applied in a thoroughgoing way.

Poll: the most influential books in the world

Poll: the most influential books in the world

In 2012, we asked leading scholars across 14 disciplines to nominate the most important, influential and game-changing books and papers in their fields.

A total of 100 active university faculty participated in the survey, resulting in a list of 250 titles, some of which have been analysed in Macat iLibrary. See the results below.

UCAS is coming: look busy

UCAS is coming: look busy

It happens every year, thousands of young people across the country descend into completely justified panic: its university application season.

For this reason, we thought we would put together some top tips as you approach what is one of the strangest and most important hurdles in your academic career in the hope of helping you pre-empt the bits that could trip you up.

Seeing the wood for the trees: how critical thinking can help us in the fake news era

Seeing the wood for the trees: how critical thinking can help us in the fake news era

It is said all the time: technology has created an age of immediate gratification. Generation Y wants it all and they want it now; whether that is a date, a taxi, or up to the second updates on a political rally on the other side of the world. But what does this continual availability of information mean for the quality of the content? In our haste to cry ‘Now! Now! Now!’ are we forgetting to ask ‘Who? Why? How?’

Creative thinking tools you can rely on at work

Creative thinking tools you can rely on at work

The ability to come up with new connections and fresh solutions is the toughest thinking skill to master, but it’s also the most powerful. Great creative thinkers are able to generate ideas at will. They build relationships – between ideas and between people – that nobody else can. They are machines of innovation.