Headcandy

The ethics of medical data records – is sharing, caring? [2/2]

It is perhaps not the most common knowledge that the NHS’ records are used for research. But I would personally make the argument that this is not necessarily a bad […]

The ethics of medical data records – is sharing, caring? [1/2]

In contemporary society, as the surveillance state and ‘big brother’ watch us scuttle around in the city below, privacy becomes an ethical issue that is deserving of a spotlight. Whilst the ‘incognito’ tab […]

Consciousness and Perception – Are We Aware? [2/2]

Consciousness is perhaps one of the most bizarre phenomena evolution has produced. Not only are billions of cells capable of banding together and walking about, but they are even capable […]

Consciousness and Perception – are you aware? [1/2]

Is the experience of consciousness a universal one? If so, how could we ever prove this? When does consciousness begin, or end? These questions remain mostly unanswerable by the greatest […]

Have Advancements in Technology and Science Actually Made Us Happier? – [2/2]

Research into the psychological effects of social media is, as one would expect, a new and developing field. EPJ Data Science is one journal dealing with this and publishing research […]

Have Advancements in Technology and Science Actually Made Us Happier? – [1/2]

Naturally, the human race continually strives to progress scientifically, politically and economically, all in the name of pursuing happiness. But, in a society where organic conversation is often replaced by […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]