‘They are the ones most affected by cutbacks in resources, or services such as guidance counselling. Yet the Government continues to deny the effects of such cutbacks.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The current debate about the Junior Cert conceals a far deeper problem. We have not had a serious public discussion about the aims of education. It us(...)

The simple message of Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary Super Size Me is wrong

There is a widespread belief that eating fast food (eg hamburger, fries and Coke meals) is intrinsically bad for your health and is a sure path to (...)

Philosophers will tend to steer clear of ideology. Heidegger, who was identified with Nazism, is an exception to this rule. Photograph: Apic/Getty Images)

William Reville (Irish Times January 16th) wonders why there hasn’t been a storm of protest from philosophers over Steven Hawkings’s recently expresse(...)

Richard Dawkins: according to him, belief in God is childishly unreasonable. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

The modern world runs on science-based technology, and nobody seriously disputes the importance of science. This importance has tempted many eminent s(...)

Lung cancer is the major but not the only ill-effect of smoking cigarettes. Cancer Research UK cites smoking cigarettes as causing 83 per cent of lung(...)

There is a popular tendency to 
demonise fast food and sugary drinks as the major contributors to

The simple thermodynamic conclusion that weight gain, leading to obesity, results from consistently ingesting more food calories than are burned off i(...)

In 1971 president Richard Nixon and the US Congress declared a war on cancer. Since then the federal government has spent more than €80 billion fighti(...)

My task today is difficult. I must discuss a serious internal problem in science – it seems that a significant fraction of the results published in th(...)

The conventional explanation of obesity (the thermodynamic hypothesis) is the intake of more food calories than are burned off, with storage of the ex(...)

A child at a March Against Monsanto in Los Angeles, California, last week. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Foods derived from genetically modified (GM) crops are not available for human consumption in large parts of the world, including Europe, because of h(...)