Though gambling may have existed for many hundreds of years addictive and problematic gambling has only grown exponentially in the past 20 years resulting in addiction becoming commonplace. Worse still those who are afflicted by such an addiction rarely seek help.
As Sally Davies states in Aeon Magazine, problem gambling stimulates the release of multiple neurotransmitters which most notably include serotonin and dopamine, the combination of which creates a disastrous cocktail of compulsion for not only gamblers but many other addictive behaviours. After all, serotonin mediates happiness and dopamine is associated with intense pleasure when rewarded. …
The polarising debates on vaccine passports have taken centre stage in the global discourse on the pandemic with some hailing them as a golden ticket to normality and others seeing them as another way in which governmental coercion is legitimised under the smokescreen of safety.
The idea is incredibly straightforward — a digital document will verify whether a person has been vaccinated or recently tested negative for Covid19. Presenting this would permit people to travel and enjoy activities that are still largely prohibited under each nation’s respective lockdown measures.
Love is a rare thing, a diamond is a rare thing — it’s the perfect match. But what if diamonds were in fact not rare at all? Would this make love less special? After all, the perfect diamond is a promise of the perfect relationship.
According to Jaya Saxena in her excellent book Crystal Clear: Reflections on Extraordinary Talismans for Everyday Life (2020) only about 20 per cent of mined diamonds are of gemstone quality. The vast majority of them have visible “flaws” or discolorations and altered to create a sellable end product.
Do you think what I’m askings too much?
I just want something to hold on to
And a little of that human touch
Just a little of that human touch
Bruce Springsteen, Human Touch
The ongoing pandemic has heightened the disparities between rich and poor through the widening chasm of inequality that has been laid bare across the globe. …
There is only one guarantee in life — that one day it will come to an end. The ongoing pandemic has recently brought death far more prominently into the public consciousness as our mortality is often contemplated in a time of such uncertainty. However, the fact remains, death isn’t a topic that readily and frequently enters wider discourse under normal circumstances.
As Bethan Bell of the BBC details, the norm is to keep thoughts of death hidden away through a deliberate suppression of outward displays of grief in a bid to conform to social etiquette. Death is only acknowledged when…
“This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."
Donald Trump, January 2017
It seems that chaos appears with a sense of irony.
Rebellion. Insurrection. Lawlessness.
These are not words that one would normally associate with America.
As the scenes unfolded at Capitol Hill the entire fabric of a nation unraveled on live television. The saddest aspect of today's events was their inevitability. There is zero doubt that this violence was incited by Trump.
Lies and misinformation created the false hope that today Trump may have miraculously overturned his election defeat, that Mike Pence held a magic wand and…
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 is said to have infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide — about one-third of the planet’s population — and led to the death of up to 50 million people. It is still the deadliest pandemic in history.
The laughably petulant actions of a spoilt brat that has lost their favourite toy continue, but Trump has done more than just disgrace himself. The repercussions of his non-existent humility and childish irresponsibility have brought the legitimacy of the democratic process into question once again.
The ongoing, groundless accusations of corruption have discredited the entire democratic model and tainted it with suspicion and mistrust. …
How COVID19 may save the species
Most people had never heard of pangolins before 2020, how a year changes things. Although their link to the spread of Covid-19 is still tenuous the fact remains that pangolins have been propelled to the forefront of our public interest in the most unusual way.
Pangolins look like otherworldly creatures from some bygone era and even among fellow mammals they appear completely out of place. Their bodies are almost completely covered by protective keratin scales making them resemble something that would look perfectly suited to prehistoric times. …
The mystery of the great footballer who defied the Nazis
To say that Matthias Sindelar is not universally well known would be an understatement. He played for FK Austria Vienna and the Austrian national team throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
His obscurity is even more perplexing given the fact that he was compared to Pele and many other football legends of the era. He was even once known at the time as “The Mozart of football” or Der Papierene (“The Paper Man”) for his speed and ability to seemingly float on the pitch.
Yet in a country not renowned for…
Londoner, would love to escape to Walden Pond permanently