Jordan B. Peterson: Hate Thrives Underground

Professor Jordan B. Peterson on why sunlight and air is the best disinfectant for hateful speech:

“You want to drive the people who hate underground?

We know what happens, psychologically, when you do that. It’s a very bad idea. Anything you drive underground thrives. It thrives.

It partly thrives because it isn’t even allowed to express itself. And then it festers and turns into hatred that far exceeds the original. The idea that you make society safe by not letting horrible people say terrible things is not a good proposition.”

 

George Orwell on Total Power

Chilling scene from George Orwell’s 1984, which demonstrates the true horror of total power:

“There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.”

Bertrand Russell: Free Thinker

Some wise words from the brilliant freethinker Bertrand Russell:

When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out.

Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts.


 

 

Everything Imagine Athena Celebrates

A short video which explains who we are and everything we celebrate. As we say in our bio: “We exist to celebrate all the wonderful human virtues of imagination, achievement, intellect and beauty, that are so often denigrated in a culture suffused with stunted political ideologies.” We really do mean that.

The Marvellous World Of Roald Dahl

If you get a chance do watch this brilliant documentary about the life and work of the late Roald Dahl.

His mischievous, magnificent imagination contributed greatly to our literary culture and enriched many childhoods. Including my own!

It is a tragic thing to consider how much we would have lost if he had been killed in World War Two. Indeed he came close a few times whilst he was a pilot in the RAF, fighting in North Africa.

Just think how many fantastic writers, storytellers and poets died in that war, which we are all the poorer for.

 

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Echo Chambers, Safe Spaces and Verbal “Violence”


Our latest video.

Candice Holdsworth and Robin Gilbert-Jones discuss how the lines between the digital and non-digital world have become steadily blurred over the years which has led to the creation of online echo chambers where people are not adequately exposed to ideas and opinions that challenge them. When they do encounter a critical voice it can be a terrible shock, and may even be perceived as “violence”.