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Dispatch from Rhûn

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The future of our world—II

A key beneficiary of the SARS-Cov-2 virus has been our natural environment. How significant is this positive impact, though? And have we learnt enough to ensure that things do not go bad again once we make it past this crisis?

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A call for sanity

As our world burns, humans are busy playing the fiddle. It is time we stopped for good.

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The future of our world—I

The SARS-Cov-2 virus brought our civilisation to its knees. But our downfall started long before this pandemic, and its effects will be felt in all walks of life for quite some time after.

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The unbearable lightness of being

Milan Kundera

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COVID-19 and the bright side of humanity’s capacity for survival

There seems to be barely any good news these days with COVID-19 spreading around the world, but looking at things from a broader perspective may be just the easing we need.

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U and non-U english in the 21st century

Examining the landmark articles by Alan Ross and Nancy Mitford to examine the state of U and non-U english on the world stage in the 21st century

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It is time to bring back the wax seal

Despite being surrounded by modern communication, the slow, arguably impractical, process of writing a letter is a great draw for me.

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In random conversations with farmers

A drive out to the Indian countryside leads to some interesting conversations with farmers.

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The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran

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Improving and expanding Dogme Teaching

A manifesto implementing the Dogme method to teaching, drawing inspiration from filmmaking and academia alike.

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The layman’s perspective

Passing thoughts on why academics should work more on communicating with the layperson and how this can help more than hinder them.

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A drive through China–Lanka

While China pours money into Sri Lanka, India chooses to keep mum.

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What does it mean to be educated?

Education should be much more than a degree or the amassment of knowledge.

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Outliers: the story of success

Malcolm Gladwell

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Making a case for the liberal arts

The importance of STEM does not imply the unimportance of the liberal arts.