Why do irrational beliefs spread so easily? Lisa Bortolotti, professor of philosophy at the University of Birmingham, revisits her project, The Epistemic Innocence of Imperfect Cognitions, part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Science in Culture Theme led by the Institute of Philosophy.
Hyenas, the antithesis of gorgeous, graceful African wildlife, needs a rebrand. Ahead of the publication of his new book, ‘Humans and Hyenas: Monsters or Misunderstood’, Professor Keith Somerville says it is time to replace the myths with a more accurate representation.
Known for its steep, defined, fragile and mysterious landscape, the Himalayas, the third pole, recently witnessed a devastating flood. Dr Rahul Ranjan, a political anthropologist at Oslo Metropolitan University, explores the emotional impact of the disaster.
Over the past nine years, the white and black rhino populations of the Kruger National Park have plummeted by 66.4 and 64.5 per cent respectively. Professor Keith Somerville, a writer and lecturer on African affairs, reveals the crisis behind the figures.
Dr Christopher Ohge delves into the multiple levels and meanings of a classic piece of American literature.
Self-help books about depression are nothing new. Institute of English Studies fellow, Dr Karen Attar, looks at an important example that was first published in 1621.
Law lecturers, Dr Faith Gordon, Dr Jess Mant and Dr Daniel Newman, examine how technological innovation might help law centres address the ‘justice gap’ and target advice and support for different communities during the pandemic and in the long-term.
For this year’s Being Human festival Dr Amy Kellam, an associate research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, is hosting two events on domestic abuse (see below).
Following the recent publication of his team’s research, Adam Zeman, professor of cognitive and behavioural neurology at the University of Exeter, looks back on his project The Eye’s Mind, an Arts and Humanities Research Council Science in Culture Theme initiative led by the Institute of Philosophy.
Dr Rajiv Prabhakar wonders whether utopian or speculative fiction, such as Edward Bellamy’s ‘Looking Backward: 2000–1887‘, might be a useful guide when considering alternative visions for the future.