Saturday, April 13

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Women in Art: Celebrating the Triumphs and Trials of Female Artists
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Women in Art: Celebrating the Triumphs and Trials of Female Artists

Throughout the pages of history, women have stood as silent architects of society's grandeur. Yet, their extraordinary contributions, gracing the realms of art, literature, and science, have remained the concealed gems that have often been overlooked and undervalued. This disregard can be attributed to the presence of gender-based obstacles and societal biases that hindered the recognition of women's achievements. In the realm of art, women have often faced discouragement as they have frequently been depicted as subjects in numerous artworks, such as the Mona Lisa, but have seldom been celebrated as artists. However, they have made significant progress, evolving from marginalized figures to influential creators. It is imperative to celebrate the creativity and resilience of women in art b...
Tenets of Common Good: Incentives
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Tenets of Common Good: Incentives

Though, mounting evidence lends credence to the dismissal of the idea of the common good as pious rhetoric, with polarisation and inequality exacerbating. Interest groups with fundamentally opposed ideologies duel in legislative assemblies, consultative committees and the media. However, I will argue that the notion of common good is neither futile nor vacuous on multiple tenets; in this article, the focus will be on the presence of incentives which stimulate individuals to seek out the common good. The understanding of these incentives necessitates the recognition of the embedded moral deficiencies in a private society – a society whose members’ interests pertain only to individual needs. In such a community, the motivational horizons are constrained to focus only on people and endeav...
A Review | Discourses and Selected Writings of the Greek Stoic Epictetus
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A Review | Discourses and Selected Writings of the Greek Stoic Epictetus

Hello! I’m not sure whether this article counts as a book review or if it’s just me rambling about my thoughts about this book I read a while ago. It’s called the "Discourses and Selected Writings of the Greek Stoic Epictetus", and they are a series of informal lectures by Epictetus written down by his student Arrian around 108AD. Be honest: can you say the name (Epictetus) without giggling like a schoolgirl? (Hope everyone gets the joke because I’m not sure if it would be appropriate to explain it in a school blog). Anyways, back to the book. I picked this book because it seemed simple and straightforward for an introduction to Stoic philosophy for people who want to get into it. Stoicism, as defined by Wikipedia, is a philosophy of life that teaches the development of *self-contro...
A Review| Professions for Women by Virginia Woolfe.
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A Review| Professions for Women by Virginia Woolfe.

Virginia Woolf was grown in a patriarchal society, at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, when gender oppression was at its full bloom. Virginia was oppressed and treated badly rather roughly by society and she reacted equally to it. She expresses that to be a writer is risky and full of perils as she implies, "The obstacles against her are still immensely powerful..and yet they are very difficult to define." The question arises in her mind that what is simpler than writing a book yet, "she has still many ghosts to fight, many prejudices to overcome." And to talk of other professions, these are not free of dangers. Though the road to select a profession as a lawyer, doctor or civil engineer is smoother than before but there are "many phantoms and obstacl...
Echo Chambers and Dunning Kruger Effect; A Black and White Future?
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Echo Chambers and Dunning Kruger Effect; A Black and White Future?

With the ever-increasing trend of social media, we find ourselves amidst a shift from comparing our imperfect lives with the imperfect lives of our five to six neighbours to comparing our lives to a curated compilation of the perfect moments from a much wider pool of people, leaving us in a state of constantly craving for social validation and giving birth to insecurities. Where it gets more alarming is through a phenomenon called Echo Chambers. Put simply, it’s not just the other users on social media that you have to worry about, but the fundamental objective of social media companies is also not aligned with your own. The primary goal of every social media that we use today is to keep you engaged for as long as possible because that is how they extract the most value from a user. Wh...