Category: common room

Introduction to Macros: Protein only for GymBros?

Very much like the other 2 food groups, people have their presumptions and associated stereotypes, even with protein. Starting with the idea that protein is only for gym bros, through to the idea that it makes you bulky, all the way down to the idea that you can only find it in meat. Exactly NONE of those are true. The protein intake for athletes is higher than the standard person, that much is true, however “athletes” here doesn’t strictly outline ONLY pro-athletes, or “gym bros” […]

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Introduction to Macros: Does fat make you fat?

How essential are fats really? Fats are one of the three food groups, and most often the most hated component of all foods, literally ever. When people hear “fat” it makes them question their food choices, but why? We should not be afraid of fats, as long as they are not the saturated kind. Saturated fats are typically found in processed foods, which usually aren’t that great for the body anyway, so it’s important to keep your intake of those at a moderate level. This […]

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Introduction to Macros: Carbs- yay or nay?

Very often the simple mention of the term “macros” freaks people out, and it definitely shouldn’t, because knowing how to fuel your system isn’t taught to many of us until quite late on in our lives. Your food will break down into two categories- either macronutrients, or micronutrients. An easy way to remember which one is which, is simply the fact that macros are calories, and micros aren’t. Both of the groups are important, as your micros will involve things like vitamins, minerals, fibre etc, […]

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How toxic is cancel culture?

We have all, at some point, said someone was cancelled. Whether that be Jeffree Star, Liam Neeson, Harvey Weinstein, or Donald Trump. From our peers, through to celebrities, all the way up to politicians. And some of them even rightly so. But how problematic is “cancel culture” exactly? Well, let’s consider where majority of the things people get “cancelled” for come from. For the vast majority of our problematic favourites, it wasn’t something said recently and publicly, but rather a statement from years ago dug […]

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The Cosmological Argument, pt2.

Before we start, this is a long one so grab a snack and something to drink for this one. Infinite Regress is the idea that the chain of causation which has sprung our universe into existence goes back for infinity, without the necessity for a maker. This is very convenient, due to the fact that infinity as we know it is very hard to grasp and visualise, therefore the never-ending chain of events would never need to be sprung into motion, for it permanently is […]

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The Cosmological Argument, pt1.

The cosmological argument dates all the way back to the Aristotelian branch of philosophy, postulated by the truly transcendent philosophy OG, our main man, Aristotle. Cosmology is a region of study regarding the birth of the universe- modern cosmology is centred around the idea of the big bang, however in the days of Aristotle, St Thomas Aquinas (we’ll get to Aquinas later) it was centred around the possibility of a maker. For Aristotle, the idea that something simply is was unacceptable and unsatisfying therefore there […]

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Everybody wants to be famous

Feeling like a boss, and Staring at the stars, it Doesn’t matter the cost, ’cause Everybody wants to be famous …According to the adults working in statistics anyway. But what do they really mean by this? What is it that they are really getting at? Here’s what I think: their comments aren’t ungrounded, although I think they have assumed the link of causation, a little at least. Okay, now I’m the one being convoluted – what an earth do I mean? Well, there has been […]

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A brain in a vat is worth two brains in a bush.

The Brains in Vats theory, some of you may be familiar with through incredible cinematic works, such as the Matrix franchise, or even Inception. The brain in a vat theory outlines the idea that reality as we know it is uncertain. Rooted in the famous Descartes quote “I think therefore I am”, the theory presents a stream of consciousness, or thought, as the proof for identity and therefore existence, however, this is easily disproved due to the fact that if everything as we know it […]

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Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Before we get into the meaty part of this theorem, it’s important that you as an audience imagine the exact things being described, because not only is it mind-blowing, but also hilarious. The infinite monkey theorem was first jotted down by the French genius Emile Borel, but it may date back decades before Borel. It outlines the idea that, if given an infinite amount of time, a monkey* with a typewriter would have the ability to write out the entirety of the Shakespearean works, by […]

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Paley’s Watchmaker

Ahhh…the watchmaker. The theologians’ favourite analogy due to it’s absolutely brutal duality. This argument divides the room like no other and here is how: Postulated by William Paley, with contributions from names such as Joseph Butler, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and even the messiah of modern atheism, Richard Dawkins, it outlines the idea that the very intricate design of a watch, (read- “universe”) implies that it must absolutely have a maker, or creator. Or HIM. The big guy upstairs. It is a teleological argument, which means it […]

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