Our Strength Lies in Our Humanity

Everything is Connected

There are times in our lives when it’s easy to forget how connected everything is. Times when life gets a little too tough and stressful and we end up paying more attention to our own well being in a way that disregards the cost and the consequences to the world out there; the people, the environment and everything else that’s a part of it. We find ourselves being selfish – not because we want to be but because circumstances force us to be.

That’s how the world got into the state that it’s in now. Here’s a neat 20 minute video that explains it all.

On this website I’ll be exploring and adding videos and articles that help to expand and explain the rich and diverse complexity of the world we live in – complex but not complicated.

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Toxoplasma ‘cat poo’ parasite infects billions – so why is it so hard to study?

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Groupthink – is it a valid argument against climate science?

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Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis

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The First Evidence That Drugs Could Turn Back the Clock on Our Biological Age

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New technology isn’t the cause of inequality – it’s the solution

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Curious Kids: why do I have boogies and why does my nose keep replicating them?

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NASA Opens Accreditation for Launch of Mission to Explore Ionosphere

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How pregnancy changes women’s metabolism and immune systems

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MIT Future of Work Report: We Shouldn’t Worry About Quantity of Jobs, But Quality

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Climate change is too middle class – here’s how to fix that

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Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may affect the child’s behaviour in early years

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It’s wrong to assume that the choice not to vaccinate is always down to ignorance

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What neuroscientists are learning about our brains in space by launching themselves into zero gravity flight

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Brad Pitt to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station about Artemis Program

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