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What Humans Can Learn from Other Animals

What Humans Can Learn from Other Animals

We humans like to flaunt our superiority over other animals. But not only do I think this superiority is a myth, I also think there’s a lot we could learn from our fellow earthlings. Dolphins are a great example. As I mentioned in the post linked above, they have even more developed brains than we … Read More

Health Outcomes: Why They’re (Probably) Not in Your Genes

Health Outcomes: Why They’re (Probably) Not in Your Genes

As a kid, I remember hearing that one in three people would get cancer in their lifetimes. It terrified me – cancer is almost undoubtedly the most feared illness in Western countries. But I consoled myself with the thought that almost no-one in my family had ever developed cancer. Maybe we just weren’t genetically predisposed … Read More

What Activists are Doing Wrong

What Activists are Doing Wrong

If you are an activist, you probably spend a lot of time encouraging people to stop doing things. I know I do! ‘Stop supporting animal exploitation’, ‘don’t use disposable plastic’ and so on. And sometimes this approach does a lot to raise awareness and get people thinking. But is it really effective activism? All too … Read More

Does Going Against the Grain Bring Social Strain?

Does Going Against the Grain Bring Social Strain?

A few years back, I went to a friend’s dinner party. Knowing that vegan options would be scarce, I’d eaten beforehand. What I hadn’t foreseen was the awkwardness of sitting at a table surrounded by people who were tucking into dinner and dessert, trying not to feel left out. There were several people at the … Read More