Monthly Archives: July 2014

What Is Better: Being Productive or Being Lazy?

“I HATE PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE.” That was the title of a recent video by Emma Blackery, in which she talks about how awful it is to be around productive people when you are a “lazy” person, a video she starts by saying … Continue reading

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The Power of Our Mind: Why Psychiatry Might Be Harming Us

According to the DSM-5, a universally used classification of mental disorders, one in seven people suffer from a lifelong mental disorder. On top of that, in any one year, a further 25% of the population suffer from temporary mental disorders … Continue reading

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The Politics of Flight MH17: Who Is to Blame And What’s Next?

Halfway through writing this piece I was informed that two people I knew were among the victims. Professor Willem Witteveen, a wonderful man, politician and teacher with great ideals who I respected so much, and his daughter, Marit Witteveen, who … Continue reading

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The Curse of Nationalism: Scottish Independence

On the 18th of September 2014, the Scottish will vote in a referendum that might grant them the independence that some have been fighting for for decades, or, depending on how you look at it, perhaps even for centuries. Fortunately, this … Continue reading

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The Differences Between Cultures: Insights From Bahrain #2

Different cultures are different. That much we knew already. But when you put 60 students from all sorts of different backgrounds together in the same house, that fact becomes blatantly obvious. You would think that cultural differences no longer surprise … Continue reading

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What Is Ramadan? A Simple Explanation For Non-Muslims

Only very few people have never heard of Ramadan, but that doesn’t mean that everyone actually understands it, or knows anything about it aside from the fact that Muslims might seem a little less active than usual. Still, since it is … Continue reading

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