This Week In History (9th-13th Oct)

9th of October In 1967, revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed in Bolivia, a day after being captured, on the charge of attempting to incite a revolution in the country. Che, who had previously been involved in a coup d’état in Guatemala, the revolution in Cuba and various conflicts across the world, including the…

The Psychology of Attraction

Attraction is a funny thing. It isn’t a choice; we don’t really get to decide who or what traits and characteristics we are attracted to. This isn’t a problem if you happen to be attracted to what’s good for you, but interestingly that isn’t always the case. Strictly defined as “the action or power of…

What makes you tic?

Are you a nail-biter? A hair twirler? A rapid pen-clicker? Do you tap your fingers, or drum your hands off almost any flat surface? Fidgety is one way to describe you, then; you just can’t seem to sit still without doing something. It’s just a thing, right? Just something you do naturally, for as long…

Should you be worried about North Korea?

The omnipresent threat of a thermonuclear exchange presently constitutes perhaps the greatest existential threat confronting humanity. Regrettably, despite meaningful dialogue and coherent disarmament initiatives, the arena of international relations remains plagued by the inescapable risk of inter-state conflict between actors possessing deployable nuclear weapons. Furthermore, the virulently pervasive misperception which characterised Cold War superpower diplomacy…

Compromise is Possible in Northern Ireland—but it must be based on respect and mutual understanding

Sometimes it feels like disagreement is to Northern Ireland what chips are to fish—they just go together. Six months have passed since voters went to the polls and elected new representatives to the Assembly—or so they thought. Discussions between the two major parties are set to resume this autumn, but with no agreement between Sinn…

Alcohol: A Fresher’s Guide

Students love to drink. This is hardly a well-kept secret. Between the post-tutorial pint in the New Bar and the hordes of seshing undergrads overtaking the streets of Cork from Thursday’s onward, we sure quite enjoy our booze. And while it may be fun to grab a drink with a few friends to unwind and…