Age is an interesting concept. Many cultures attribute more authority and respect to a person as they get older. If you talk to someone and find out they are very young or old, do you treat them differently (maybe even subconsciously)? For instance, would you challenge their point of view more? How does this relate … [Read more…]
When I look back at my time in school, I’ve learned some pretty useless stuff. I’ve learned the capital of Canada, but not how to program in Python. I don’t blame my school though. How could they know that we would stream Gigabytes of information into our lives just so we can become couch-potatoes and … [Read more…]
‘Too Big To Fail’ is biographical film that details the actions of the financial crisis between the period of August 2008 to October 2008. It focuses on the actions of the U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, Ben Bernake. It follows the series of private back channel negotiations among … [Read more…]
What exactly is equality to you? Is it an achievable ideal? And if so how do we get there? Do you think that the current systems by which society runs would be able to sustain a population of equals? Or is inequality an unavoidable fact of life? Are measures such as financial compensation and land … [Read more…]
There’s a lot going on in the video game world. The age old arguments of violence in games spurs violence in real life will still continue. But looking past these obvious tropes, there have been some serious developments in the gaming industry. The biggest of which is the introduction of microtransactions in games that have … [Read more…]
Take Your Pills is a documentary film directed by Alison Klayman and produced by Motto Pictures and Netflix Studios which explores the positive and negative effects of Adderall along with the pressures to take these types of stimulants to stay ahead at work and school. “Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, … [Read more…]
You are probably aware that data from your online activity is collected and distributed to various third parties. And yet, how many times have you actually read through the privacy agreement that you so casually agree to every time you click- well… ‘Agree’? Even after all the privacy scandals that have been on the news … [Read more…]
How much of ourselves can we change before we stop being who we are? Will replacing all our organs make us a different person? Do we want to live forever? Will relationships, family, nationality and one’s identity remain the same?
This month VOX Delft is screening ‘Paprika’ an anime psychological thriller by Satoshi Kon. When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. Join us on Tuesday (26th of February) at 7 pm, Blue Room in the TU … [Read more…]
Our world is becoming home to more and more robots every day, driving us around, cleaning our homes, performing medical surgeries and even (according to some) threatening our jobs. While robots make certain aspects of our lives a lot easier, there is always the lurking possibility that our mechanized helpers will at some point turn … [Read more…]
The movie for January is ‘Children of Men’ by Alfonso Cuaron. The film takes place in 2027, where two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Illegal immigrants seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where the last functioning government imposes oppressive immigration laws on refugees. Owen plays civil servant Theo … [Read more…]
This is round the time of year to change the way we do things; make new or break old habits. However, from past experience we know that this is a really challenging task. Share with us your opinion of what worked and what did not.
Quick! You have ten seconds to decide whether Stefan Butler drinks coffee or tea? 10-9-8-7-6 … You have selected coffee. You will witness the repercussions of this choice soon. Bandersnatch is a psychological thriller presented as an interactive film on Netflix. The plot of the film focuses on a young programmer named Stefan Butler who … [Read more…]
Humans have been organizing around religions, gods and myths since the first societies emerged. Today, looking back at the history of humankind, it is impossible to ignore the impact of religions on our development as societies and individuals. It was a unifying concept that allowed large groups of people to coexist. It provided a sense … [Read more…]
Experiential avoidance (EA) has been broadly defined as attempts to avoid thoughts, feelings, memories, physical sensations, and other internal experiences—even when doing so creates harm in the long-run. The process of EA is thought to be maintained through negative reinforcement—that is, short-term relief of discomfort is achieved through avoidance, thereby increasing the likelihood that the … [Read more…]
Let’s try something different this vox session. Do you have a unique talent? Do you have something that you’re extremely passionate about? Or, do you have something that you want to share with the rest of the group, be it, an interesting book you’re reading or an odd theory you came across? Well, here’s your … [Read more…]
On the 24th of November VOX Delft plans to take a trip to the Embassy of the Free Mind. This is a tour through a place detailing encounters in history, science, art and spirituality through 2,000 years, inspired by the collection of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The link … [Read more…]
On Being a Scientist is a fiction film, about science and what it is like to be a scientist. It also raises a lot of questions which may not have clear-cut answers; what science should be and the moral dilemma’s anyone will encounter when working in science.
Antinatalism is a philosophical position that assigns a negative value to birth. Antinatalists argue that people should refrain from procreation because it is morally bad (some also recognize the procreation of other sentient beings as morally bad). Is it ethical to bring more people into this already overpopulated world, given that many children are brought … [Read more…]
Imagine a world where in all the diseases have been eradicated, where people don’t suffer from physical ailments. The question that arises then is, at what cost have we created this world? With the advent of gene editing and genetic modification, we have entered a new age of science. Designer babies enable us to pick … [Read more…]