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Belief System Disintegration: Evolutionary Insights from Bergman’s Det Sjunde Inseglet

Mads Larsen World Futures

“Paradigm transitions come with tremendous risk, as societies can come undone when people stop believing in the imaginary constructs that unite us. The Black Plague’s devastation resulted not only from its lethality, but from how its ensuing crisis in faith triggered evolved cognitive systems that lead to tribalism, self-destructive despair, and attacks on authorities and minorities. This article examines Bergman’s film through the lens of evolutionary theory to illustrate the mechanisms that cause people to wreck havoc when we no longer share a vision for the future. The crisis of the 1300s has been compared to challenges we face today.”


The Discomfort of Thorne v Kennedy: Law, Love and Money

Renata Grossi Alternative Law Journal

“The 2017 High Court case of Thorne v Kennedy highlighted and sparked discussion around the injustice of financial agreements and when they may constitute unconscionability and undue influence. However, the case also raises another important discussion about the relationship between love and money. This article picks up this conversation. How does society navigate the distinctions we make between economic exchange and romance? Between altruism and commodification? And how should this be manifested in the law in general, and the law governing financial agreements specifically?”


Geographies of the Book(shop): Reading Women’s Geographies in Enlightenment Edinburgh

Phil Dodds Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

“This article examines the place of women’s geographical reading in a centre of Enlightenment: Edinburgh, 1770–1810. It analyses two sets of booksellers’ records to identify key sites – women’s private libraries, Georgian domestic spaces, and women’s schools and boarding houses – in which women engaged with the geographical materials sold in the city’s bookshops: maps, globes, travel accounts, gazetteers, guidebooks, books of roads, geographical dictionaries and grammars. Women used these diverse materials to transform spaces into sites of geographical education and discussion. Crucially, this article makes the case for understanding these spaces as key sites in Edinburgh’s Enlightenment topography. These were spaces where women oversaw the circulation and appraisal of geographical information: women, in the absence of men, interrogated geographical publications and promoted particular methods of reading and ways of understanding the world…”

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