Category: general

“A B C easy as 1 2 3?”

Is 1,2,3 as easy as A,B,C? Progress 8 and the new GCSE grading system. According to the Jackson 5, it should all be that easy. However, many parents are still getting to grips with the new grading systems that were implemented for the GCSE and A Level exams. Instead of A* to G, the system now runs 1-9.   But what does this mean? In the Progress 8 grading system, students are assessed using 1 to 9, where 1 is the lowest achievement and 9 […]

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Uh-oh Spaghetti-oh

Today is the day I vanquish my demons. Today, I embrace that which has kept me up at night. Today, I tell you the real truth behind my nightmares. Imagine being so scared you couldn’t sleep, tossing and turning over and over again all because some genius chef couldn’t do maths properly. Anyway, enough of the time wasting today I’m here to tell you about something very important….spaghetti. I know what you’re thinking, “how can spaghetti keep you awake at night it’s delicious?” Well you […]

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Advanced Reading Exercise, Week #2.

The answers from last week’s advanced reading quiz are: 1) A ship and 2) A raven/crow. (They look alike therefore we’ll allow either, since the reading exercise was a visual description.) Congrats to everyone who attempted the exercise, it was a tricky one to start with! This week’s exercises read: I’m the lifeblood of all, fluid and frigid. The power I grasp can slaughter the safety of a tiny construction, uplift and dissolve it, tout de suite. My depravity however, ends there for my powers […]

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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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Advanced Reading Exercise, Week #1.

Introduction to the exercise: The advanced reading exercise is going to be a weekly post, consisting of some ambiguously-worded, very vague descriptions of common objects. These will feature some higher-level vocabulary that you may not encounter in your texts daily, so do feel free to look up definitions of words you do not know and jot them down for future reference. This is exercise is designed specifically to elevate the level of your comprehensive reading, expand your vocabulary, and hopefully provide some inspiration for all […]

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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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