Critical thinking has become the most talked about skill set in education. How can teachers incorporate an engaging critical thinking exercise into existing lessons plans? Here are 5 fun ideas that you can implement today!
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.
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.
Art history is a historical discipline that focuses on the history and the development of visual art forms.
Art history traditionally focused on painting, sculpture, and architecture. However, with the expansion of new art practices, we now consider a variety of diverse media and forms under the term ‘art’.
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?’
Imagine yourself in a car powered by the latest super-smart artificial intelligence (A.I.). Three pedestrians recklessly burst onto the road in front of you. Your self-driving vehicle has no time to slow down – it will either hit the pedestrians or veer off the road, most likely crashing and endangering your life. Who should the car decide to save? The pedestrians? Or should it kill three people to save you, the owner, who did nothing wrong?
Donald Trump’s bid to become US President is enduring far longer than anyone anticipated. Each time his campaign courts scandal, or his words spark public outrage, Trump emerges from the resulting media circus more popular than before. It doesn’t matter how outrageously he acts: the normal rules of politics do not seem to apply to Donald J. Trump.
According to Dr Tim Lomas and his recently-updated Positive Lexicography Project, there exist over 400 foreign terms for happiness that have no direct English translation.
Among them is “eudaimonia,” meaning “good spirit” or flourishing, which Aristotle deemed so important that he wrote his seminal work Nicomachean Ethics specifically to address the problem of how human beings could achieve it. 2,500 years later, Aristotle’s work remains the most influential theory of what it means to live a good human life.
Is the world as free as we’d like to think? Not according to the 2016 Freedom of the Press report, which found that only 13 percent of the world’s population enjoys the benefits of a free press in 2016.
Unlike plenty of violent revolutionaries from the past, American presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are not seeking to overthrow a monarchy, topple an oppressive dictator, or send their enemies to the guillotine. But few witnesses would disagree that they are revolutionizing US politics by mobilizing popular support against what they perceive as inadequacies in the current system.
It’s safe to say that Syria’s besieged President, Bashar al-Assad, made it far enough into The Prince to absorb the lesson that, for the ruler, it is better to be feared than loved. Fear is no longer part of the political lexicon of many rulers, though it remains an important tool for some.
They come to “reclaim speech and public space… to take our place in the Republic.” They are unified by a system that they say has failed them, as well as a feeling of exclusion from the mainstream political system. They tell the press they will continue until the injustices they see in society—mostly based around democracy (or lack of it) and misrepresentation in the political system—are put right.
Richard Dawkins is one of the most famous intellectuals in the world—what you might call a “public intellectual.” His most popular book, The God Delusion, has sold over three million copies worldwide and cemented Dawkins’ reputation as a leader of modern atheism who speaks, writes, and tweets regularly about the perils of religion. He enjoys greater influence than perhaps anyone else trained as a zoologist.
In 2014, researchers at MIT published data suggesting that, post-Snowden, Google users are increasingly reluctant to search for terms that might arouse the suspicion of the US government.The conclusion? We now think our online movements are being tracked by a higher power, and we’re starting to police ourselves.