Ethics: A practical application of philosophy


Ethics sign postOne of the most common criticisms of philosophy is that it’s not ‘practical’; that is, the study of philosophy doesn’t require students to learn anything useful. I strongly disagree with this charge, of course. For those who are studying philosophy develop many highly valuable ‘meta-skills’, such as those required by activities involving careful analysis and clear communication, that can be applied directly to countless specific endeavors. But there’s one area of philosophy that’s immediately practical par excellence, for it’s concerned with the choices we all make every day of our lives. This, of course, is the study of ethics.

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How to prepare yourself, practically and emotionally, for an examination


Exam desksI feel I should congratulate us all, we are one step closer to our goal – Graduation! The examination period is the most academically stressful period. At this time of year, we have to prove to teachers and, most importantly, ourselves that we have done well all year long. To help us get through this difficult time, I have developed some techniques that personally help me, not only during exams but all year long.

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My Life Philosophy


graphFinancial markets have always been fascinating for me. I started reading André Kostolany when I was a teenager and after many books, I felt as if I knew everything about market psychology. Of course, I did not! Fortunately, I had no money to speculate with at that time.

But to be prepared for the day I would have the resources, I continued reading from world experts and renowned academics. It was only a matter of time until I came across the name George Soros, who studied at the London School of Economics (LSE). His “Theory of Reflexivity” combined psychological aspects and business cycle theory. During his lecture series at the Central European University, he explained how his life philosophy, derived from Karl Popper’s “Open Society and its Enemies,” helped him to succeed financially, but also personally in his philanthropic work. I became immediately interested in Popper’s work and read it myself during a time when I had lost my focus.

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Enlist the help of family and friends


Holding handsWith level 5 formative assessments already handed in and the looming date of formative assessment for level 4, it seems that the reality of examinations is sinking in. Perhaps you are already drafting your revision plans, or maybe you are still considering how to approach the task of organizing revision time to make the most of it.  In your plans, do not forget to take in to account the help you can get from family and friends. They are there not only to cheer you up, but they can also be an invaluable help to optimizing revision.

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Life is all about making the right decision at the right time


Quote 'distance between dreams and reality is called actionHello Folks, my name is M.Usman Aqeel, a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), SAP Financials Associate Certified, and recently enrolled on the MSc in Professional Accountancy programme with the University of London. I am currently working in the construction industry as an Asst. Finance Manager with a group of companies in Dubai, UAE.

Before enrolling on the MSc programme, I discussed this with my seniors and colleagues, and some of my colleagues were concerned that I would not gain any immediate benefits from studying this programme, but others were encouraging. And I thought what will I lose if I started? I had nothing in my mind, and thank GOD I took this decision and got the opportunity to pursue my masters from one of the world’s top universities. I met with amazing people from different parts of the world on this platform where we share different ideas and work as a team. I also got the opportunity to connect with professionals in my field with different schools of thought.

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How I Plan to Have a Productive Year


Three R's revisit, recover, renewHere are my three Rs for 2017: revisit, recover and renew; created so that a systematic approach would help me in meeting my resolutions for 2017.

Another year has passed, and whether 2016 was a productive year or not, (what has passed is the past) I am ready to leave it where it is. However, there is a thin line between forward-looking and denial of past mistakes: the forgiving and understanding self in us could easily be the excessively lenient and doting self, who will readily take a look-over instead of examining the root cause of our unproductivity. The latter continues to encourage us to sit on tasks, therefore hindering us from completing at least one percent more work than the year before. Another year would go by, with nothing done.

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Choose your Own Adventure: formative assessment


Book Cover for 'Choose your own adventure booksI remember having one of those books of Choose your Own Adventure when I was a little girl. If you also like reading, these books offered an exciting new possibility over the universe of just one closed end. As I was uploading the formative assessment essays of Renaissance and Restoration, it just occurred to me that formative assessments are a bit like these books. As the date for uploading essays for level 4 draws near, I thought I might share with you my thoughts and try to give you an insight in this crucial process of our studies.

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Film Industry: A profitable industry or another political institution?


 Film camera“Do I have to be cruel to be kind?” Shakespeare had once written in Hamlet. Now, time has passed and things have changed. People are entertained by almost the same things as in the past. Theatre gave way to the movie industry and cinemas are now one of the most common ways to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern times. What is more fun than watching people like you, living a completely different life than yours and maybe having achieved what you want while you still haven’t? Have we ever thought of what is happening in the shadows? Let’s try to investigate some of the key economic and political goals of movies.

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The Personal Growth Model


List of Personal growth attributesBy my definition, personal growth describes the process after which higher personal life quality has been reached. In economic theory, we assume that individuals behave in such a way as to maximize their own utility. By this, society benefits as common wealth enhances. Common wealth is measured as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But the “World Happiness Index”, a survey measuring peoples happiness and its sources, clearly indicates that GDP is not the only factor that matters to people.

The freedom to take actions to evolve personally is one of those factors. You might have read my previous article “How I plan two full-time degrees at once”. The incentive for studying two degrees was personal development by knowledge and a rather unusual study experience. And it is also the reason for most of you, whether you want a new study experience, to broaden your horizons or advance your career while having a full-time commitment to your family. In the following, I will establish some underlying principles which affect personal growth.

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How exercise benefits cognitive ability


Woman running‘No pain, no gain’ a few of my friends at the gym tell me. Some people like to train with weights, others with gymnastic machines, while others are simply training with aerobic exercises. But they all want to feel healthier and definitely look better after some months of exercising. We all know some of the benefits exercise can provide us. One is the significant reduction of the risk of cardiovascular diseases, strokes and so on. Exercise can also reduce insulin resistance and some researchers have shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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