Marcus Roberts

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Psychologist: America’s Suicide Crisis Linked to ‘Lack of Meaning’

As an addendum to my blogpost from a couple of weeks ago (and to Shelia Liaugminas’ subsequent, related post) I would like to share this piece published in the New York Times. Clay Routledge, professor of psychology from North Dakota State...

What the World’s Religious Population Will Look Like in 2060

What will the world’s religious population look like in the middle of the twentieth century? Well, pace Frederick Nietzsche, God will not be dead, at least according to the number of believers in the world. Instead, it will be those of no religious...

The Growing Muslim Population in Europe

The Pew Research Centre, based in Washington DC, is in the middle of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, an initiative to analyse religious change and its impact on societies around the world. In the wake of the recent record...

Back in My Day, Young’un…

As the saying goes, kids these days never had it so good. Monty Python made a great sketch based on this idea: old men complaining about the young people of today and competing as to who had the most uncomfortable upbringing. To paraphrase, “back in...

Men are Increasingly ‘Marrying Up’

Like many men, I married up. And, according to sociologists at the University of Kansas and Texas A&M University, the number of men in my situation are increasing. At least when it comes to marrying up economically. That is because the number of...

The Benefits of Being an Only Child

According to the (Australian) ABC, there is a lot of prejudice, negativity and downright rudeness directed towards parents of a single child.  Apparently such parents get asked things like: are you going to give your child a brother or a sister...

Slavery is Still With Us, and It’s More Widespread and Profitable than Ever

A few years ago I went to a lecture by the Right Honourable The Baroness Cox, of Queensbury. She spoke about her charitable work in many of the most dangerous areas of the world and in particular about the redeeming of slaves in Sudan. What...

9 Eyebrow-Raising Numbers From Trump's Surprising Win

We are still in the immediate aftermath of the US Presidential Elections, a surprise upset result that has resulted in millions of words being written and many surveys, postmortems, predictions and howls of anguish and triumph being unleashed. So...

Is It Racist To Want Stricter Border Controls?

After last week's post about the potential end of Europe as we know it, today I want to share with you a piece from the New York Times about the reaction of people in Denmark to the rise in Muslim migration there over the last two or so years. ...

Is European Civilization Vanishing Before Our Eyes?

European demographic decline has been a topic that has been canvassed a lot on this blog. Looking at our more recent posts this year, we have written about Italy's demographic “apocalypse”, Hungary's fight against depopulation, Europe's dying...

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