A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age by Judy Dunn, Richard Layard

By Judy Dunn, Richard Layard

On a daily basis the newspapers lament the issues dealing with our kids - damaged houses, pressures to consume and drink, the strain of tests. a similar matters are mentioned in each pub and at each banquet. yet is existence relatively tougher for kids than it was once, and if this is the case why? and the way do we make it better?

This booklet, that is because of the a yr research via the Children's Society and attracts upon the paintings of the UK's prime specialists in lots of fields, explores the most stresses and impacts to which each baby is uncovered - family members, buddies, formative years tradition, values, and education, and should make strategies as to how we will increase the upbringing of our youngsters. It tackles matters which impact each baby, no matter what their heritage, and questions and offers options to the idea that existence has develop into so terribly tough for kids in general.

The specialists make 30 particular thoughts, written no longer from the perspective of lecturers, yet for the overall reader - principally for folks and lecturers. we predict ebook to be an immense occasion and the centre of frequent media attention.

About the Author
Richard Layard is an economist who believes that the happiness of society doesn't unavoidably equate to its wealth. He based the Centre for monetary functionality on the London tuition of Economics, Europe's major financial learn centre. His learn into the topic of happiness brings jointly findings from such assorted components as psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and sociology. due to the fact 2000 he has been a member of the home of Lords. he's the writer of Happiness: classes from a brand new technology.

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Bergson is opposed to habits of thought that he terms “mechanism” and “finalism,”94 and that we might better understand as cause-andeffect determinism and teleology. They may be useful, principally by enabling us to act in a world rendered knowable and therefore controllable, but they are still misleading, and propose a view of time as space—which for Bergson is simply erroneous. Time is indivisible, continuous and unknowable, at least to the intellect. In order to “know” it, we must rediscover another, perhaps atrophied kind of knowledge, one more aligned with our instincts and by no means easy to access.

Arguably, many contemporary media successfully blur the Heideggerian distinction between “the growing things” and things completed “through the crafts and the arts”: we can think here of “biomedia,” which involve “the 22 Chapter 1 informatic recontextualization of biological components and processes,” whereby “the biomolecular body is materialized as a mediation,”81 bioart such as Stelarc’s Extra Ear: Ear on Arm, soon to be equipped with a radio transmitter, and the Tissue Culture and Art Project’s “semiliving” sculptures, artificial life, or even the social networking sections of the Internet that go under the name of Live Web (LiveJournal, Facebook, Flickr).

44 For this, we need to turn to the work of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. In his oft-cited essay “The Question Concerning Technology,” Heidegger bemoans the fact that in modern times technology has been reduced to the way for humans to organize (or “enframe”) nature and bring it under their command. ”45 This process of enframing is also a “concealing” because, for Heidegger, it removes us from the more creative, less instrumental relationship with technology we had in the past (which this particular philosopher, like many others, locates in ancient Greece).

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