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The upstart crow and why I feel I belong here

Many people drop out of education even where there are no financial or academic reasons for them to do so.  How can we explain this, and do something about it? People from low socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic and cultural minorities, and … Continue reading

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Some working propositions on human capital development

Some working propositions on human capital development This paper suggests some working propositions on human capital development and outcomes associated with it. These propositions are that: investing in the earliest human development stages must be top priority socio-economic status is … Continue reading

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Understanding Perpetua

Martyrdom involves a public sacrifice of one’s own life in favor of a higher or transcendental cause.  Acts of martyrs can change the world. The martyrdom of Vibia Perpetua in 203 can be seen as an act of Christian faith … Continue reading

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On the Spirit Level

Behavioural Psychology and The Spirit Level     Peter Winsley   Health inequalities are associated with income inequality and rank status in social hierarchies are at the heart of this.  Rank status inequality is translated into poor health outcomes by … Continue reading

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Risking lives for health: Apirana Ngata’s support for Maori participation in World War One

Abstract Apirana Ngata supported Maori participation in World War One despite the certainty of casualties.  Ngata contended that involvement in the war would generate benefits higher than costs to Maori.  This seemed counter-intuitive after a time when the Maori population … Continue reading

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