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Taking drugs seriously: a Demos and UKDPC report on legal highs
In 2009, a previous record 24 new synthetic psychoactive substances were identified. There are now over 600 substances controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) in the UK. With the emergence of manufactured ‘legal highs’, this number is set to increase drastically. As the MDA turns 40 years old this year, this report investigates whether twentieth-century drug control legislation is fit for the twenty-first-century drugs market.UK Drug Policy Commission, 15 May 2011
The Social Animal: A Story of How Success Happens
The unconscious mind, it turns out, is most of the mind - the place where the majority of the brain's work gets done, where our most important life decisions are made, where character is formed and the seeds of accomplishment grow.
David Brooks, Short Books Ltd,
5 May 2011
In Defense of Flogging
Generally those who wish to lessen the suffering of prisoners get too readily dismissed as bleeding hearts or soft on criminals. All the while, the public's legitimate demand for punishment has created, because we lack alternatives, the biggest prison boom in the history of the world.Peter Moskos
, Chronicle of Higher Education
, 28 April 2011
Why David Willetts is wrong about feminism
Willetts is right that feminists are responsible for the plight of working class men. But not because they have stolen their jobs. Feminists – or at least the kind that have gained the upper hand in this varied movement – have undermined working class men with their philosophy that all males are expendableCristina Odone
, Daily Telegraph
, 1 April 2011
Faster. Higher. Stronger. Braver.
The cynics will claim that complete eradication of doping in sports is an impossibility, so embrace what is known, and educate athletes to use the substances responsibly. The idealist will recall that sports are beloved because they allow humans to go far beyond the potential that most people see in themselves, and in others.Jennifer Gibson
, 10 March 2011
An irreligious approach to abortion
Is it possible to come up with a non-religious justification for rejecting an unrestricted right to abortion?Andrew Brown
, 28 February 2011
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