In this way, the fight for the weekend has been leapfrogged by greater injustices: a carer who isn’t getting paid for their travel time, or isn’t getting minimum wage for staying overnight, is not going to start with the right to a Saturday as their muster point. Often it feels as though unions have to keep up the pressure just so working conditions only get slightly worse. For example, in 2015, Usdaw fought against Sunday trading – allied with the Church of England – because employers are insatiable. “If you gave them 24-hour trading, seven days a week, they’d be back asking for an eighth day,” its spokesman, Dave Williams, said. … [Read more...] about Where did the weekend go? How work stole our Saturdays and Sundays
When we picked a random event, we found a £75 face value seat for a Hugh Jackman show at the London O2 arena in June on sale for £108. The price paid by the original buyer, including fees, was £87.50, to which he had then legitimately added just under 10%, taking the resale price to £96. Then AXS’s £12 fee (12.5% of £96) is slapped on top, giving you a final bill of £108, though at least in this case there’s nothing to pay for delivery. … [Read more...] about Tickets: can you trust the new wave of resale sites?
The software of thought trials This is an awkward moment. If this is right, creativity doesn’t merit elevation to the status of a cohesive entity that is detectable by present-day neuroimaging technology. If you have problems reconciling this with your view that creativity must be somewhere specific, or at least identifiable by a distinct neural signature, you are not alone. … [Read more...] about Where does ‘creativity’ happen in your brain?
By viewing the brain as a computer that passively responds to inputs and processes data, we forget that it is an active organ, part of a body that is intervening in the world, and which has an evolutionary past that has shaped its structure and function. This view of the brain has been outlined by the Hungarian neuroscientist György Buzsáki in his recent book The Brain from Inside Out. According to Buzsáki, the brain is not simply passively absorbing stimuli and representing them through a neural code, but rather is actively searching through alternative possibilities to test various options. His conclusion – following scientists going back to the 19th century – is that the brain does not represent information: it constructs it. … [Read more...] about Why your brain is not a computer
While Laaksonen’s fantasies were fuelled by his experiences in the second world war (the Finns fought on the side of the Nazis; although he despised the ideology, Laaksonen admitted to loving the jackboots), he was anti-racist, depicting interracial gay couplings when they were completely taboo. “I think it’s good to look at the more progressive aspects of his work, like if the black guy fucked the cop then this is literally fuck the police, and we’re talking the 1950s,” says Stefan Kalmár, director of the ICA in London, who put on a Tom of Finland exhibition two years ago at his previous gallery, Artists Space in New York. “It’s hard to comprehend what it meant to see male stereotypes so – for a want of a better word – perverted.” … [Read more...] about World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic