Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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Ever since the demise of Tomorrow's World, science on TV has been in a dire state in Britain. But the internet offers hope
Frank Swain, Guardian Science blog, 12 December 2008
DNA analysis for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's is growing in popularity, but scientists are doubtful of its value. James Randerson pays £825 to try it.
James Randerson, Guardian, 9 December 2008
Posh Plane Stupid insists that it is not picking on poor people. So why is it so madly obsessed with cheap flights?
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 9 December 2008
Dominic Standish reports from Venice on how residents and visitors coped with the highest floods in 20 years.
Dominic Standish, spiked, 8 December 2008
The case of Karen Matthews, convicted of kidnapping her own daughter in order to claim a reward, has again pulled back the curtain to allow us a glimpse of this netherworld of taxpayer-funded fecklessness.
Telegraph View, Telegraph, 6 December 2008
Paul Krugman, Allen Lane, 4 December 2008
Tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering: institutionalised crime is so much part of the global economy. Then there is moral crime...
Clive Dilnot, New Statesman, 4 December 2008
Through vivid explorations of tears, snot, earwax and blushing, Ray Tallis’ brilliant new book shows us that ‘being human’ is not a simple stimulus-response thing – it is shaped by history, thought, time and space.
Stuart Derbyshire, spiked, December 2008
Research report by Teach First in which priorities for the future of teacher training and development are put forward.
Sonia Blandford, Teach First, December 2008
The capacity for voluntary action is seen as essential to human nature. Yet neuroscience and behaviourist psychology have traditionally dismissed the topic as unscientific, perhaps because the mechanisms that cause actions have long been unclear. Neuroscientific accounts of voluntary action may inform debates about the nature of individual responsibility.
Patrick Haggard, Nature, December 2008
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