Candice Holdsworth

We are the Universe experiencing itself

“To sleep, perchance to dream … ” — Hamlet (Act III Scene 1)   When the existence of the Higgs Boson particle was confirmed almost one year ago by researchers at CERN, I wrote at the time that “where my scientific knowledge plateaus, my inbuilt sense of aesthetic wonder rises exponentially”.   What was so…

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Epic failure

“OMG! EPIC!!!” For anyone who regularly frequents online spaces, this is a familiar refrain. It is the default comment for even the most pedestrian or banal of content. So much so, that the word itself has taken on the same nature of the objects or events it is so undeservedly used to describe. Type “epic” into…

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Can’t tell my right from my left

I am no longer sure where I fit upon the political spectrum anymore. I wish I could be as righteously anarchic as some of my Libertarian friends, but I like the rule of law too much. I am also known to display certain hippyish tendencies that preclude the possibility of ever being seriously considered a…

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History is a city

On a recent trip to England, while sitting on a train en route from London to the north where my mother, and hundreds of years of ancestry are, I lapsed into my usual reverie, staring out the window for the entire duration of the journey, books and laptops and other distractions soon forgotten watching the…

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Gaddafi: Rough justice

On July 13 1793 the assassin Marie-Anne Charlotte De Corday d’Armont entered the private rooms of Paris-dwelling Jean-Paul Marat, “L’Ami du peuple[1]“, revolutionary, Jacobin and soon: dead. The much-feared one greeted her from his reclining position in the bath, the treated water soothing his blistered, itchy skin no other place offering suitable respite from the…

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Selfishness is a virtue

So recently I got to thinking about “altruism” … What left George Price utterly despondent and suicidal, Ayn Rand called self-esteem. While the former spent much of his later life trying desperately to prove that human beings were capable of truly selfless acts, the latter spent her entire literary career rejecting such notions outright and…

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Egypt: Just about time for a revolution?

In a recent BBC interview, the famed author and polemicist Christopher Hitchens stated that despite his past disillusionment with some within the British left, he still closely identified with left-wing humanist values. In particular a belief or advocacy of the Marxian “dialectic” and the universal notions of freedom and autonomy upon which it is predicated….

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Oh the identity question…

I am against everything Against war and those against War. Against whatever diminishes Th’individuals blind impulse Dambudzo Marechera, The Bar-Stool Edible Worm ——- The ever-lurking identity question, of which we are always aware, but not always attentive, has arisen once again. Indeed it is an entirely relevant one in the present political context demonstrated most…

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2010: The year of the mighty idea

Most philosophy graduates can probably attest to the fact that the most common response to their chosen area of study is: “Philosophy? Whatever do you plan to do with that?” It is a reaction I have often encountered, and in moments of self-doubt (usually prompted by moments of financial uncertainty) have even directed such incredulity…

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