Monthly Archives | August 2011

The Radleys

17 Orchard Lane, in Bishopthorpe is a quiet, residential spot. Home to the respectable types; doctors and architects. You know […]

Rise of the planet of the apes

Okay, so we all know what is going to happen in this film. Don’t we? I mean, we all have […]

Wolf

Cassy lives with her grandmother. Her practical, sensible, responsible grandmother. Her mother is a dreamer, unable to look after herself […]

Behemoth

The sequel to Leviathan No recapping on account of this being the second in a series, and if you haven’t […]

Le sigh

How many people in the internet world still use internet explorer? Cause I’ve just taken a quick peak at this […]

Heartless

An Alexia Tarabotti novel, The Parasol Protectorate: Book the Fourth The first book in this series introduced us to our […]

The lost art of reading

It is strange, I’ve often come across media stories on the “decline” of reading as a result of modern technology. […]

Captain America : The First Avenger

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Too short, too unfit, too ill for military service, all Steve Rogers wants is to join up and serve his country in fighting the Nazis. He has been picked on all his life, but refuses to back down, once you start running, he believes, you’ll never stop. When Dr. Abraham Erskine discovers this desire he begins to pull strings and gets Rogers into the army, into a special, experiemental unit, to be precise. Soon Rogers is no longer too small, or too unfit, he is in fact a super-soldier. Although what can one man do? Well, propaganda. He is sent off touring the states in an effort to try and persuade the public to buy war bonds. And then, on to Europe to entertain the troops. But they aren’t interested in his performance, they want to see the girls. Rogers, however, is very interested in the news that this is the 107th, the very same unit his best friend joined, but of Bucky there is no sign. Rogers decides that he has had enough of Captain America the stage hero and decides to go in and rescue the missing soldiers.

But you don’t really need that back story do you? I mean, we’ve all heard of Captain America, the superhero who fought the Nazis, right?

The moral animal

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What does the theory of evolution have to do with morals? Can it explain why we feel guilt or love? Or why men cheat?

Evolutionary psychology is an attempt to use evolution to explain why people are the way they are. The theory posits that the many many cultures have many items in common, these commanalities cannot be explained by conicidence alone, there must be some reason that humankind has developed these cultural norms. Wright, and other evolutionary psychologists would argue that as human beings evolved certain psychological traits were more conducive to an increase in descendents and therefore became the norm.

Flashback
Dan Simmons

It is the year 2036 and the world is in ruins. The United States of America, in particular, is one […]