Choccy's blog

Review: Can neuroscience change our minds? - Hilary and Steven Rose

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A review of the new book by Hilary and Steven Rose which presents both a scientific and political critique of the growth of 'neuro' disciplines.

Schools strikes Tues 1st October

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Series of regional teaching strikes continues this week.

Scepticism, class, and the 'New Atheists'

With's Chomsky's appearance on a 'skeptic' podcast and in light of the recent comments by Dawkins and the reaction to them, including JK's blog post, it got me thinking about the relationship, or lack thereof, between 'scepticism', 'new atheism' and radical politics. Here's some garbled thoughts.

Chomsky and the evolution of language

Noam Chomsky recently appeared on the Skeptically Speaking podcast to discuss the evolution of language. This got me thinking about the relationship, or lack thereof, between 'scepticism', 'new atheism' and radical politics which will follow in another blog post.

Academies & Lies: Downhills Primary documentary

Documentary detailing the community campaign against the forced academisation of Downhills Primary in 2012.

No NUT ballot after school drops academy plans

NUT will not be balloting members for industrial action at Warren Comprehensive after school drops academy conversion plans.

NUT Executive votes against strike action in March

NUT executive votes against strike action in March despite accelerated attacks on education

Monson scores win over Emelianenko

Anarchist MMA fighter scores his biggest win in recent years over Alexander Emelianenko tonight.

Education round-up 10 Sept 2012: NUT strike vote, combined NASUWT action

Teachers unions announce industrial action plans

Jeff Monson on 'No Holds Barred' podcast: capitalism, anarchism, communism and Jon Jones

Jeff Monson was the guest on 'No Holds Barred' this week discussing politics, history, and the economics of mixed martial arts.

UFC 151 cancellation and lost fighter wages

A brief analysis of the fallout following the cancellation of UFC 151 with UFC bosses blaming one fighter for other fighters' lost wages.

Science reading group: 'Ever Since Darwin'

Kickstarting a discussion on Stephen Jay Gould's first popular book form the late 70s, Ever Since Darwin.

Camden traffic warden strike

Video about the Camden traffic wardens on three-day strike this week.

Gove butchers teaching qualifications - Education round up 27 July 2012

Gove sneaks massive reform in while no one's looking. I'd no intention of posting during the summer holidays, but this seemed important.

Education round-up 12 July 2012

Bournville School on strike next week. Worthing High out this week. Noel Park School, Haringey out.

Education round-up 2 July 2012

A few regional stories wound me up this week. Great Yarmouth academy long days. Waltham Forest strike ballot. Islington academy axes free meals. University pulls unpaid job advertisement.

Monson wins in Russia, signs new fight deal

Anarchist MMA fighter Jeff Monson chalks up another win in St Petersburg, and signs contract with Super Fight League.

Education round-up 23 June 2012: teacher strike ballot

NUT strike ballot, performance management & teachers' payscale, Gove and O-levels

Strike ballot for Birmingham teachers over forced academy plans

Teachers in thirteen primary schools in Birmingham are being balloted for strike action against plans to force them to become academy schools.

Political hiphop in Brum

Pleasantly surprised by some midlands hip-hop