Britishness: The cognition of difference throws everyone a curve ball…

Britishness has been in the news a lot recently. After the current education secretary has encouraged the deregulation of state funded schools, opting-out from the national curriculum, openly expressed his preference to “empower” faith schools and so on, there is a sudden panic. You see, in an ethnically diverse, multicultural society like the UK, it turns out that giving local …

Islamic School Plots to UFOs? The cognition of conspiracy theories

Humans love conspiracy theories. We can’t help it. Creating plots, schemes, unseen forces and secret organisations to explain the world around us is actually wired into our brains. It stems from a thinking process we all develop as babies and forms completely between the ages of 3 and 4, called the Theory of Mind. It’s extremely powerful and evolutionarily was …