Beyond Labels: Rethinking Identity Politics, Equity, and Democracy

In the struggle for increased social and economic rights, it is easy to make the mistake of failing to grasp nuances and different perspectives. Dr Michael Briguglio challenges some of the preconceived notions which persist in modern political discourse, particularly lumping together movements and groups which have important distinctions. In this interview, Briguglio makes the case for liberal democracy and answers key questions on issues of representation and identity.

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Reconsidering Reason: Ableism and Speciesism in Moral Philosophy

The ability to reason has been the hallmark of humanity for centuries. It has been used as the foundation for numerous ethical systems. Yet using reason as humanity’s signature feature ostracises those with severe to profound cognitive disabilities, giving moral philosophy ableist undertones. THINK speaks with Dr Kurt Borg and Prof. Anne-Marie Callus to discuss.

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Championing Research Excellence: The HRS4R Journey at the University of Malta

The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is an ongoing project aimed at improving the working conditions and recruitment processes for researchers, including resident academics and Research Support Officers (RSOs). THINK recently interviewed Dr Karen Cacciattolo to walk us through the work conducted by the HRS4R committee at the University of Malta (UM), the significance of this project, past actions taken, and upcoming plans.

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Rethinking Economic Progress

In today’s society, the pursuit of economic growth has become an unquestioned goal. Politicians and policymakers often use increasing GDP as a measure of progress without critically examining its implications. However, this prevailing approach needs reconsideration. Economic policies should prioritize serving societal interests rather than prioritizing growth for the sake of growth. It is time to redefine our understanding of well-being and explore alternative models that lead to a more sustainable and equitable future.

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Malta’s Prehistoric Temples and the People Who Built Them

The Maltese megalithic temples were built over 5,000 years ago. To find out how the people that built the temples saw the world, Dr Tore Lomsdalen conducted his PhD project on the worldview and cosmology of the prehistoric Maltese temple builders. He found that the temples were intentionally positioned to be intervisible and oriented towards certain stars that were significant for these ancient people.

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Full STEAM Ahead

Change is unavoidable. Yet as creatures of habit, it is safe to say that change is not a comforting prospect to most, because let’s face it, change can be pretty darn scary. Many dread the loss of control and autonomy that accompanies the unknown, choosing an unpleasant situation over opting to take the proverbial leap that would change their lives for the better.

Karen Fiorini

And yet, social and environmental change is a stark reality. It is knocking on our doors, demanding attention, threatening to overcome and leave us reeling in the aftermath of what we ourselves have created. How then do we take the leap; how do we eschew the devil we know and look to make the changes we so desperately need?

The answer lies in five letters, STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths. We’re not talking rocket science, although all innovators and researchers do look to STEAM to develop ideas and knowledge. STEAM skills are what empower changemakers working within their communities on all kinds of projects, big and small. Whether we’re designing a recycling initiative, creating a website, or learning about biodiversity and local ecosystems, we need to draw on a powerful set of STEAM skills. It is this skill set that can help citizens all over the world face current challenges: climate catastrophe, lack of inclusivity, and health issues, to name a few.

Through creativity, the Science in the City (SitC) team is looking to engage people from all walks of life with STEAM. The 2023 festival’s goal is to empower and encourage citizens to be the change they want to see. Cliché? Definitely, but it’s today’s reality, and every one of us needs to wake up to this particular reality if we are to have a future on this planet.

The festival activities for 2023 will challenge convention and work to alter the mindset that has brought us all to this point. We cannot simply wait for the education system to implement changes for tomorrow. We need to mobilise our youth and our young-at-heart today to become agents of change. STEAM is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals, living in an inclusive society, and embracing diversity. So join the SitC movement, get unstuck, and start leading change from wherever you are, because the world has never been more ready for it!