New research suggests that some animals are indeed capable of feeling remorse for their transgressions. It’s worth reading for the anecdote alone: Do animal vandals feel any moral qualms? After seeing rugs, suitcases and furniture destroyed by my pets, I’m not convinced that evolution has endowed animals with any reliable sense of property rights. But [...]
I started being a vegan as part of a bet (which ended last night), but it’s been such a riotous hoot that now I think I’ll stick with it.
A word to the wise: don’t watch this film if you love dogs and your sinuses are acting screwy and you’re dosed up on lots of Lemsip and you’ve just eaten spicy food, because someone could look at you at an inopportune moment (like, say, when you’re blowing your nose) and think that you’re crying, [...]
This actually isn’t so bad after all. Alpro Soya yogurts are delicious, I can still eat plain chocolate, and some days I make up for lost calories in my diet with lots of alcohol. I’m also doing more cooking, which is more fun than I thought it would be, and I feel pretty good generally. [...]
I’m not eating any animal products for one month as part of an agreement/wager with a friend, who has agreed to try vegetarianism for one month. We haven’t decided on a forfeit yet, so feel free to suggest one. It should probably be food-related, like eating a block of butter or something along similar lines. [...]
A very strange story from Kenya about a guy who spent three hours struggling for his life against an enormous python.
I don’t even know exactly what this guy does, but it looks amazing.
When I read the headline ‘Spanish town holds referendum on its bullfight’ in my BBC RSS feed I was quite pleased, hoping that maybe this signaled the beginning of the blood sport’s demise. Instead, it turns out that the measure is due to a shortage of funds in the town’s budget. At least the global [...]
I don’t know why the Japanese government allows this. Animals are mistreated all over the world for bad reasons and slightly less-bad reasons, but I can’t imagine that a very solid economic argument exists for letting this kind of thing take place, especially if it only happens in one village. Sure, there might be a [...]
From BBC News: The fortune left by late real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley can go to charities other than those solely related to dogs, a US court has ruled. A New York City judge said that Helmsley’s legal documents allowed her estate’s trustees “sole discretion” in donating the money to charity. When Helmsley died in [...]
I tend to prattle on about the virtues of democracy quite a lot, but articles like these make me think that life in a green-minded police state would have considerable upsides. Maybe another humdinger of a world war might help matters too, if it wiped out enough of the global population. Or some kind of [...]
This post contains a whole lot of misdirected aggression, but I really fucking hate it when people abuse exclamation marks. Here’s a prime example from a student email: Please be advised that Dr Lucy James requested that the Signpost session on Friday 30th January is from 09.30 – 10.00! Kindly amend this in your timetable, [...]
Best television show ever. Even David Hasselhoff’s a fan.
Serves you carnivores right!
Brenin is the name of a wolf that Mark Rowlands lived with for 11 years. Rowlands is a philosopher who’s lived and taught in the US, Ireland (he worked in UCC for a while), Britain and France, lecturing and writing books about theories of consciousness, ethics and animal rights, among other things. Wherever he was [...]keep looking »