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What is the Human Soul? – The Dangers of Unsound Science [2/2]

In 1907, American physician Duncan MacDougall claimed to have weighed the human soul by placing dying people on a set of industrial measuring scales. He claimed that a half to […]

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What is the Human Soul, and Where Does it Come From? [1/2]

As human nature demands, mankind appears endlessly interested in diagnosing his own self, and his existence in relation to the world. The concept of human consciousness has been debated painstakingly […]

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Is the Government Responsible for our Individual Happiness? – [2/2] 

This week’s Headcandy theme is perhaps one of the most difficult yet in the column to address from a scientific perspective. Firstly, is happiness quantifiable? Perhaps to a very limited extent in the form of pleasure; […]

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Is the Government Responsible for our Individual Happiness? [1/2]

In the wake of recent national and international turmoil, and most recently the Grenfell tower block fire in London, the masses are looking towards the government more than ever for […]

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Should We Embrace Genetic Modification? [2/2]

 The relatively new advent of CRISPR-cas9 (pronounced “crisper cass nine” and originally demonstrated in a 2012 study) has caused genetic modification to once again be thrust into the limelight. To […]

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Should We Embrace Genetic Modification? [1/2]

Genetic modification, essentially meaning the deliberate engineering of a cell in order to alter its characteristics, is being increasingly exercised as our tech society hurtles towards an ‘ideal’ existence. From […]

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Good and Evil [2/2] – Why do good people do bad things?

Whilst the hard sciences may be a long way away from being able to tackle (let alone explain) such hefty concepts as good and evil, psychology has offered some insight […]

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Good and Evil [1/2] – The Two Faces of Morality

In HEADCANDY, we columnists Sophie and Harvey write about big topics from our respective philosophical and scientific perspectives. Any books or studies that come up week-by-week will feature at the bottom […]