Rafael Alonso: “Rational explanation of Catalan independence phenomenon goes against those willing to fortify sense of belonging”

This post is one of a kind. Not only because of its interview format, but also because it is giving a different vision of a really hot topic. As many of you already know I am from Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain. This territory has been currently on the news due to the independence movement going on.


On November the 9th Catalonia hold a non-binding vote, willing to see the number of people in favour of the Independence movement. This informal referendum went ahead, even though the Spanish constitutional court had ruled it out.

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The Monter inside us


Forget about Psychosis and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. “Das experiment” is the modern manifestation of terror and the more bountiful coldblooded illustration of human’s lack of moral compass. After watching this thriller you will have no option but to admit that “Man is a wolf to man” and this becomes even truer if that man is wearing a uniform.

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The Game Of Death: How television reinforces authority

Have you ever wondered why people in reality shows tend to do things they do not want? Four years ago a French Television documentary, broadcasted by the French Public Television (France 2), stirred controversy trying to answer this question.

Le jeu de la mort(The Game of Death) was a fake TV show pilot in which 80 credulous contestants thought they were taking part in a programme. Nothing furthest from reality. The truth was that they were part of an experiment willing to examine humans’ tendency to blindly obey authority and TV mind-numbing power to suspend morality.

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Racism: man’s gravest threat to man

Not negros in the school separatism in toilets

How far away do you think we are from these two realities? You may think society is now more tolerant with immigrants and minorities than few decades ago. However, are prejudice and discrimination becoming a thing of the past?

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Does it ring a bell?

Few days ago (on Monday to be specific), we were talking about helping acts and circumstances in which people tend to perform such deeds. Besides, we outlined what is known as the bystander effect. In other words: the passivity of bystanders during emergencies.

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An illustration by Pawel Kuczynski that shows the Bystander effect.

This morning I heard in the news that a woman was abducted in Philadelphia on Sunday night. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a 22-year-old nurse, was on her way home when the kidnaper forced her to get into his car. Continue reading

Give a little… ALTRUISM

Gates Zukerberg

What do Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have in common, apart from billions of dollars in their bank accounts? A bucket full of water and the fact that they have become the deeper-pocket allies to fight Ebola:

  • September 10, 2014: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The donation – the largest ever done by the philanthropist- came after the U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requested $600 million to contain and treat the virus.Funds immediately benefited United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and international organizations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.

Some days later…

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Obedience to the authority

To what extent would you obey orders if these came into conflict with your ethical or moral convictions? We may think we are free to choose. However, the truth is that it is hard for human beings to disobey because since we are children we have accustomed ourselves to submission.

In every society there is some sort of hierarchy in which some individuals exercise a degree of authority over the others. Parents have authority over their children, the teacher over his students, and so forth.


Many experts have focused their attention on this topic and there is a wide range of answers to the question: why do people obey even if orders going against their principles? In this post we will be outlining the psychological answer to that question and we are going to connect this issue with real news stories in order to see the dimension of this fact.

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