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Ukraine: Another basic income experiment is being developed in Ukraine

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Picture, from left to right: Artem Demidenko (sociologist, psychologist), Nataliya Protasova (Board Chair of Basic Income Ukraine organization), Artem Kuharenko (Podolsk village council), Kateryna Drei (Head of Basic Income Ukraine organization) After Pavlograd, there is another basic income experiment being assembled in Ukraine. This time it was announced, on the 15th of December 2018, by Artem Kuharenko, the head of the Podolskoe village council, in the

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Germany: The first basic income experiment in Germany will start in 2019

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Basic income is going to be tested in Germany. The setup of the experiment will be similar to the one now ending in Finland, which means there will be an unconditional cash transfer to 250 randomly selected people among those already receiving benefits (250 others will act as the control group), and evaluate the impact in terms of labor market

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Philosophy Chairs at All SUNY Campuses Come to Defense of Fredonia Dept. (UPDATED)

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[Moved up the page owing to update below with link to petition.] As reported last month, the administration of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia has proposed eliminating the school’s Department of Philosophy. In response, the chairs of the philosophy departments at all fifteen other SUNY campuses have now written a forceful letter to SUNY Fredonia’s president, Virginia Horvath, objecting to the proposal.

The letter advances several arguments against the elimination of Fredonia’s Department of Philosophy. These arguments appeal to the centrality of philosophy to a liberal arts education, the exceptional performance of the department along many relevant metrics, and how eliminating the philosophy department contravenes a core purpose of the SUNY system.

The whole letter is below.

UPDATE: People can register their support for the SUNY Fredonia Department of Philosophy here.

The letter is also downloadable as a PDF here.

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Trailer released for New Year’s Special, Series 12 confirmed for 2020

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The Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz will be returning to our screens in the 2019 New Year’s Special, followed by a new series in early 2020. Titled Resolution, the special promises to see our heroes encounter what the Thirteenth Doctor describes as “the most dangerous creature in the universe”. This has led many to speculate that the creature in question is a Dalek, although this is still unconfirmed at the time of writing. You can make up your own mind by watching the trailer below. Three guest stars have also been announced for the episode, with Charlotte Ritchie playing … Continue reading

Ukraine: Basic income experiment has started being prepared in Ukraine

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The City of Pavlograd, in Ukraine, has decided to perform a basic income experiment, in order to measure the effect (on the individual level) of unconditional cash transfers on the labor market, objective and subjective well-being, financial health, changes in mental and physical health, among other social indicators. This decision was made on the 29th of November 2018, the day

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If Watergate Happened Now the Press Would Be Too Busy Reporting on Tweets

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There’s something bizarrely inane about so-called news reports whose content consists entirely of stating that someone tweeted something. Tweets aren’t news. They’re tweets. And tweets don’t need to be reported. They are their own micro-reports.

Interview: Humans of Basic Income

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Basic Income is a radically different and yet elegantly simple notion that has been around for decades: all citizens should have an income and be allowed to maintain their dignity, simply because they are citizens in a society that is prospering.

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Theresa May fiddles while the country burns

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John Rees counts the days left for the Prime Minister

Saudi Government Introduces Philosophy Into Its High Schools

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Last week, the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia announced that it is adding a philosophy course to its secondary school curriculum. Prior to this, philosophy had been wholly absent from education at all levels in Saudi Arabia.

The course is called “Critical Thinking and Philosophy” and will be part of the nationwide high school curriculum, which is mandated by the Saudi Ministry of Education. The government has contracted with DialogueWorks, a British educational consultancy focused on philosophy, to train teachers for the course.

I asked one person familiar with this development why the teaching of philosophy hadn’t been allowed before in Saudi Arabia. He said, “There is no official statement of the reason, but there used to be a stigma around philosophy in Saudi Arabia. Some religious people think it is in conflict with Islamic traditions, so it must not be taught. They are the same people who were against women’s driving. Now, the government is ‘socially’ more open-minded, so they allowed women to drive for the first time last year, and this year allowed teaching philosophy.”


The newly developed textbook for a new philosophy course to be taught in secondary schools in Saudi Arabia

Hassan Alsharif, a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Kansas (who appears to be the first person ever from Saudi Arabia to have pursued a PhD in philosophy*), is interviewed about the introduction of philosophy into the Saudi Arabian high school curriculum here (in Arabic). In an email, he says, “I’m so happy that my country is getting more open-minded to other intellectual works, especially philosophy.”

*UPDATE: This turns out to not be correct. Ahmed Alenaizan writes: “Dr. Nader Alsamaani (a Saudi professor in Qassim University in Saudi Arabia) has earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Birmingham in the UK; he was supervised by Professor Yujin Nagasawa. I personally am pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Connecticut.”

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No Series 12 Till 2020

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The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who will not return for a full series in 2019, but will instead be back on air in early 2020.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:  “We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020. I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy.”

The New Year’s Day special, Resolution will be shown in 2019, of course, and is due to air on BBC One at 7:00pm

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