All entries for September 2005

September 29, 2005


Shameless plug follows:

Are you a singer? Do you enjoy opera?

Come along and join Warwick Student Opera!

This term we are performing two concerts in Week 7 and rehearsals will start for a full opera in term two. We also have planned two workshops and many exciting socials, so come along and introduce yourself in get involved!

We'll be at the Freshers' Fair on Tuesday and we're holding an introductory meeting next Friday at 7.30 pm in the Music Centre Ensemble Room.

September 28, 2005

Buses and traffic: a much–reiterated rant

This morning I left the house just before nine, under the assumption that, conversely to yesterday when I left at eight, it wouldn't take me an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Uni.

How naive I was!

All was going relatively well until we hit a huge queue for the slip road off the A46, whence we sat and went at snails' pace for 10 minutes before the driver gave up and carried on to the next junction, taking us via other innumerable traffic jams on the outskirts of Cov. Are they even allowed to do that, I thought?

I know today there were added complications, namely temporary traffic lights somewhere at Westwood, but surely things can't go on getting worse for much longer? The traffic has gotten SO much worse since the start of term that most of it must be a direct result of students with cars, and I would personally say that at least half my friends drive to and from Uni every day.

I know many, many people would object, but would it not be better for everyone if the University banned students from parking on campus, thus stopping them from driving, clearing up the roads and bringing in more revenue for Stagecoach in the hope that their service might improve (at any rate, there's a chance the buses might be on time if the traffic diminishes)?

Life, and what you'd choose to do with it…

If you had sufficient funds to live in comfortable manner for the rest of your life, what would you choose to do with your time?

September 16, 2005

All these quiz things

Whilst I, of course, take the results given by these 10-minute online personality quizzes with a rather large bagful of salt they nevertheless do sometimes bring up some pertinent questions, made especially difficult due to the fact that you are only allowed to answer true or false. For example:

Do you see people who get taken advantage of as being weak and deserving of being used?

Do you think science and logic represent the pinnacle of human understanding?

Do you believe it is your right to indulge yourself with every last dollar you earn?

Do you consider living a virtuous life to be one of your top goals?

Do you believe in an afterlife?

Would you sooner go without sex than go without good-tasting food?

Think about some of the sinful or wrong things you've done in the past. Do you foresee yourself continuing to do these things?

Rich men and women deserve every penny and should spend or save their wealth as they wish.

September 03, 2005

Morality and understanding

Over the lovely bank holiday weekend I was reading in the Telegraph about a recent poll cavassing people's opinions on various contentious issues. I found it interesting that something like 87% of those surveyed were in favour of assisted suicide but that over 60% thought that scientists were rushing ahead with techniques like gene therapy and cloning without considering the moral implications. Both these issues are controversial, have significant moral and ethical difficulties and are hard to regulate, but why is public opinion so different?

I feel public opinion is swayed considerably by a lack of knowledge: 60% of the people surveyed said they didn't feel they really knew enough about new scientific techniques to make an informed decision. But then giving people enough knowledge about these technical issues never going to happen, so opinion is most likely to contnue to be a synopsis of the gut feelings of the general public.

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