Philosophical Review (Trigger Warning) – Better not to have been born: a philosophical investigation into anti-natalism


“Something might be true although at the same time harmful and dangerous in the highest degree; indeed, it could pertain to the fundamental nature of existence that a complete knowledge of it would destroy one – so that the strength of a spirit could be measured by how much ‘truth’ it could take, more clearly, to what degree it needed it attenuated, veiled, sweetened, blunted, and falsified.”


The rise of the inbetweenie

When you google the term ‘inbetweenie’ and click on images you’ll find yourself bombarded with pictures of inbetweenie belly buttons – which I recently found out is a belly button that has both the characters of an innie (a belly button which goes in) and an outie (you get the picture), a sort of hybrid if you like. The Hollywood A-lister Anna Farris even sports one. So why is this relevant I hear you ask.

The importance of Selfishness

Selfish: (of a person, action, or motive) “lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.” This is the British definition of selfish according to Google).

The American version of the word in the Cambridge dictionary defines selfish as: “caring only about what you want or need without any thought for the needs or wishes of other people.”

CfJ international blog wins silver

The Centre for Journalism's new blog for international students has won silver in the university's International Impact Awards.

Created by our own Laura Garcia, the blog aims to highlight the experiences of our international students on our BA and MA journalism programmes for visitors to the main university web site. The award panel was particularly impressed with the interactive map that Laura created featuring videos from CfJ students and alumni all over the globe. 

With the award comes £1,000 to spend on internationalisation activities for the department. We'd be interested in hearing any good ideas from CfJ students out there as to how this might be spent to encourage more overseas students to join us, or to strengthen our exisiting alumni network.

One dance, One decade

2019 is right upon us, for me, it just reminds me of the fact that it has been ten years since Chinese dance came into my life.

Almost one decade ago, I first set my foot into the dancing school in Hunan, China. My path was originally planned to stick to dancing, which was my greatest passion back then, but the intention of being a dancer was intercepted 3 years later. Ever since then, Chinese dancing and I have grown further and further apart.