An Interview with Dr. Stephen Law

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How did you become an activist and a philosopher? I have always been very interested in philosophical questions – such as: How can I know other people have minds? Why is there something rather than nothing? What makes things morally right or wrong? However, I was unaware that there was actually a […] Read more

Interview with Professor Anthony Grayling -​ Philosopher and Master, New College of the Humanities

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How did you become an activist and a philosopher? I became interested in philosophy at an early age, while living in central Africa, where there was much racism and oppression of the local people by the white colonials, and the conjunction of the two made me interested in ideas and in human rights. Was university […] Read more

Interview – Professor Jim Al-Khalili, on Science and Humanism

Professor Jameel Sadik “Jim” Al-Khalili OBE is a British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. In this interview, he speaks with Scott Jacobsen about what has driven him to pursue this career, his socially progressive outlook, […] Read more

Interview with ​Terry Sanderson – President, National Secular Society

Terry Sanderson, the President of the National Secular Society –  a British campaigning organisation that promotes secularism and separation of Church and State. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How’d you become an activist? I became an activist entirely by circumstance, by accident even. My recently published autobiography The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual is subtitled Memoirs of […] Read more

Catholic Integrity Relies on the Rejection of Mother Teresa

Outwardly, the doting “mother” doing Christ’s work on Earth makes it easy to fall in love with the legend of a woman who founded the ‘Missionary of Charities’, which has mustered up to 4500 Sisters in 133 countries. At first glance, this may seem somewhat in line with the Catholic Church’s edicts on the poor and […] Read more

Corbyn is Not Simply Incompetent; He is Morally Indefensible

In the interests of openness and honesty I must start this piece with a confession. Back in June 2015 I was supportive of Corbyn’s candidacy to be the leader of the Labour party. I was enthused by the fact that he wished to stand up for the poorest in society, he was against ill-thought out military […] Read more

Dear Black Lives Matter, All Climate Change Matters

The question of whether climate change is racist might seem a little odd. The reason that climate change is such an issue is due to it being a potential threat to the entire world. Pollution also tends to be indiscriminate. However, in light of the Black Lives Matter UK protest at London City Airport on Tuesday, […] Read more

How the BBC Just Shot Itself in The Foot, Repeatedly

“The BBC,” my father says knowledgeably over his prescription sunglasses, “Will not exist in its current form in 10 years time.” He’s probably right. Whoever decided it was a good idea to move BBC3 online and then put a whopping £145.50 bill on it definitely didn’t pass any marketing exams. Even I, a mere BSc Anthropology […] Read more