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Rise of the Phoebus

It has been over 7 years since Phoebus Online began, starting off as a humble blog for and by the students of Rohan Roberts. Over these years, Phoebus has stood for the freedom of thought and expression, a hub for knowledge. Phoebus has been a place for students to be free to share their opinions, […]

An Interstellar Perspicacity

An Interstellar Perspicacity

Zeanne Mendoza | December 6, 2014

Interstellar, the long awaited movie! I let out a sigh of relief with the notion that I wouldn’t need to attend chemistry class later! I’ll be honest; my knowledge of the movie was rather limited up until a field trip to watch it came along. The pre-movie trailers alleviated the tension amongst our exorbitantly large Astronomy Club group; I had no idea what I was in for, neither did the rest who watched it with me.

Delusions

Delusions

Raya Bidshahri, 13 April 2014

We are all deluded in on way or another. Whether its the politician with delusions of grandeur, the dreadful singer on American idol auditions or the friend who finds chocolate disgusting, we all perceive ourselves and the world around us in a way others don’t.

Socrates and the Unexamined Life

Socrates and the Unexamined Life

Raya Bidshahri, 13 April 2014
In all of history, there have been very few human beings as intriguing, influential, and ingenious as Socrates. He was not only one of the greatest thinkers of the 5th century but also one of the greatest to have ever lived.

Reason and What we Ought to do

Reason and What we Ought to do

Raya Bidshahri, 25th March 2014

When we are faced with moral questions in our everyday lives, sometimes we act impulsively or instinctively and sometimes we pause to think, not just about what to do, but about what we ought to do.

Review – “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Review – “Seven Days in the Art World” by Sarah Thornton

Rohan Roberts, 9 July 2013
Who has not gnashed their teeth in anger at some of what passes for art in recent years? Who has not convulsed with despair at the obscene amount of money spent by collectors? Who has not tried desperately to decipher that blurry line where art ends and junk begins? […]

The Dragonflies

The Dragonflies

By Teresa Francis, 25 March 2013

When the dragonflies arrived, we knew it was summer. They would skim lightly over the freshly mown grass and we’d know that finally it was time for beaches and popsicles and the glorious sun. I was, however, never a summer person.

Ode to Writing

Ode to Writing

By Edeline D’Souza, 19 March 2013

A blank page, the blinking cursor.
An oblivion of so much potential, but nothing tangible, of ideas that could be, and ideas glorified, of false starts and backspaces. This is an ode to writing.

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Rohan Roberts, 18 March 2013
Just when we think we thought we’d reached the dregs of how bad things can possible get for the human condition, along comes a book that slaps seven shades of sense into all the doomsdayers, naysayers, and ecclesiastic soothsayers.

Phases of Acceptance

Phases of Acceptance

By Neiha S Khan Lasharie, 13 March 2013

It’s hard for me to take good news at face value. I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only person to think this way – I lower my expectations about everything so much that I will refuse to believe that something amazing has happened to me until I have solid, tangible proof of it. Of course, that isn’t always possible. Not all good things are tangible.

Seeking the Truth

Seeking the Truth

By Teresa Francis, 11 March 2013

He crouched silently behind the photocopier machine, and said a silent prayer. Sweat trickled down his forehead as he listened to the menacing footsteps grow louder. Adrenaline coursed through his veins, but he was conscious of the swelling fear in his throat.

Why We Read

Why We Read

By Teresa Francis, February 27 2013

It is the human condition to seek company, to search for purpose. We long for someone to relate to, for someone whose soul mirrors our own. Reading always starts off simple.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

By Neiha Lasharie, 7 February 2012

Try everything. A lot of people downplay the importance of names, but then why do you have people who change their names later on in life? Because a name is just that important – it is your identity beyond your personality, your talents, your ambitions and goals and accomplishments.

The Question of Love

The Question of Love

By Shenny Pieries, 1 February 2013
There’s the transcendent sense of tenderness you feel toward a person who sparks your interest. There’s the sublime feeling of relief and reward when that interest is returned. There are the flowers you buy and the poetry you write and the impulsive trip you make to the other side of the world just so you can spend 48 hours in the presence of a person who’s far away.

Taking a Cosmic Perspective

Taking a Cosmic Perspective

By Raya Bidshahri, 26 Jan 2013
Most of us are so preoccupied with our own small insignificant personal lives that we forget that we are a part of a remarkable, exceptional and ambitious species.

Review: TEDx events at Winchester

Review: TEDx events at Winchester

By Shenny Pieries, 4 Jan 2013
On Saturday, November 17th the Winchester School hosted one of the most exhilarating, awe-inspiring and mind-blowing event in Winchester history.

Ambassadors of Intelligent Discussion

Ambassadors of Intelligent Discussion

By Teresa Francis Jan 4 2013
The morning of the 17th of November brought a motley group of speakers to the Winchester School for its TEDxYouth@Winchester and TEDxWinchesterTeachers events.

Film Review: Barton Fink

Film Review: Barton Fink

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Dec 2012
‘Barton Fink’ is a movie in the mould of ‘Mulholland Drive’ and ‘Adaptation’. If you aren’t interested in symbols, metaphors, and allegorical explanations, then it might be best to give this movie a skip.

TEDx Rehearsals and Photographs

TEDx Rehearsals and Photographs

By Mehvash Khan
Our first TEDx training session was a grueling yet fun-filled affair. We began our day with fresh donuts and rolls thanks to the ever-so wonderful Lara.

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Oct 2012
Let’s get this out of the way: How the Mind Works does not do what it says on the box – id est, it doesn’t answer the question of how the mind works.

That Street Lamp in the Shadows

That Street Lamp in the Shadows

Shennin Pieries, 29 September 2012
She sat there idly in the corner of a bleak hospital waiting room. The walls were tinted a faded hue of grey and lime green. The florescent lights above her buzzed aggravatingly and flickered every two minutes.

Jason Silva Visits The Winchester School

Jason Silva Visits The Winchester School

On Sept. 5, Jason Silva visited our school. For those who don’t know who he is, Jason has been described as a Wonder Junkie, an Epiphany Addict, a Remixer of Optimism, a Curator of ideas, innovation and awe, and a latter-day Carl Sagan. Here’s Neiha Lasharie’s blog post about her reaction to Jason’s visit.

The Aegean Shore- MTV’s missed opportunity.

The Aegean Shore- MTV’s missed opportunity.

Teresa Francis, 30 August 2012
It is hard to summarize ancient Greek mythology. We know everything about them through Hesoid’s epic poem Theogony. Learning about it does make you come to terms with this fact- our human need for drama, for complicated and messy relationships, they’re not recent. They date all the way back to the Ancient Greeks.

Philosophers from Antiquity

Philosophers from Antiquity

Raya Bidshahri, 17 August 2012
Today, we are privileged with the existence of extraordinary machines that extend our senses and allow us to learn more about the external world around us. But until several centuries ago, all of mankind relied on philosophers and nothing but their brilliant brains to explore the world, both within and around them.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene

Rohan Roberts, 18 May 2012
Brian Greene’s new book doesn’t disappoint. Once again, he’s delivered the goods—complete with ribbons of multiverses, bows of doppelganger particles, and baubles of parallel dimensions.

Review – The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

Review – The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

Rohan Roberts, 4 May 2012
“Brain the size of Birmingham, ego just as big,” is how one reviewer describes David Deutsch. Why? Because in his latest book the frighteningly intelligent Deutsch has the temerity to disagree with the likes of Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, and Jared Diamond—all three luminaries in the field of science. […]

A Perfect Universe?

A Perfect Universe?

Raya Bidshahri, 30 April 2012
The Universe is so flawlessly perfect… So finely tuned that it is difficult to accept the possibility that it may not have a designer. I believe this is one of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and fascinating dilemmas in modern cosmology.

A Journey to Nowhere

A Journey to Nowhere

Jurgienne Arizza, 21 April 2012
A giant lurch jolts you awake, and you open your eyes to the soothing warmth of sunlight caressing your cheeks, to the sharp bursts of air gulped greedily by your lungs, the bright summer morning gently forcing its way through your eyelids, which were still slightly held together by the sticky, heavy fingers of slumber.

Consciousness and Goosebumps

Consciousness and Goosebumps

Raya Bidshahri, 18 February 2012
Consciousness is a spine-chilling illusion that lies at the heart of every scientific study. Nowadays, it is the multi-million dollar question within the scientific world.

Stop Searching the Skies for Life

Stop Searching the Skies for Life

Raya Bidshahri, 25 Jan 2012
As much as I’d take pleasure in the idea of intelligent life elsewhere in this wondrous Universe, I am strongly convinced that Homo sapiens’ quest for alien life is over-rated and its consequences, overlooked.

Do We Really Exist?

Do We Really Exist?

Edeline D’Souza 23 January, 2011
In the progress of humanity and technology, computer storage space and processing power is increasing exponentially, doubling every 18 months to 2 years. In the last few years the interval has jumped even further to every 13 months […]

The Wonders of the Human Brain

The Wonders of the Human Brain

Raya Bidshahri, 14 January 2012
The human brain is an elaborate, enthralling, and enigmatic organ on its own. It is within this wondrous organ that all the enigmas, puzzles, and riddles of the universe along with each and every branch of knowledge boil down to.

Forever Ago

Forever Ago

Teresa Francis, 14 January 2012
Ms. Vernon was a woman whose wisdom was incredibly apparent. She was a few kilos overweight, though this did not stop anyone who saw her from realizing that once upon a time, she was probably a great beauty […]

An Overdue Death

An Overdue Death

Aqilah Faaiqah, 14 January 2011
Darkness swallowed the sky as thunders bellowed the sinister call of death. The air of grimness thickened and suffocated the once joy-filled soul of Haley. The final annihilation was advancing and there were no escape routes this time.

Delora’s Felicity

Delora’s Felicity

Aqilah Faaiqah, 14 January 2011
Love – an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. But Delora’s definition of love was deviant; it was unparallel to what many romance novels have portrayed.

Flames

Flames

Edeline D’Souza 14 January 2011
People never really pay attention to the droning safety procedures of fire protocol, knowing or rather believing that nothing will ever strike them in the strangest of times and the most terrifying of circumstances. I was one of those people.

The Awesome Natural World

The Awesome Natural World

Raya Bidshahri, 11 January 2012
Amongst the hundreds of billions of galaxies that constitute this enigmatic universe, there lies a splendid star system in the midst of nowhere significant; a remarkable ivory whorl of glimmering celestial bodies.

The Mind Reader

The Mind Reader

Raya Bidshahri, 11 January 2012
Caroline’s eyelids snapped open to reveal her vivid hazel pupils as the tiresome alarm beeped away. Confined in a state of utter lethargy, She slammed her heavy palm against the obnoxious machine. It took a few moments for her to gain consciousness from the vigorous sleep she had been in.

What if…?

What if…?

Raya Bidshahri, 7 January 2012
What if we all instantly awakened to learn that each and every trivial aspect of our ‘reality’ was merely a vivid dream? All our achievements and failures would turn out to be a trifle […]

Ignition and Lift Off

Ignition and Lift Off

Raya Bidshahri, 7 January 2011
After decades of aspiring and years of training, Noah was alas face-to-face with one of his greatest desires. For as long as his memory had served him, he had stared at the spectacular starry skies, open-mouthed in wonder […]

Another 365 Days – now what?

Another 365 Days – now what?

Neiha Lasharie, 7 January 2012

Well, that’s another year come and gone. It’s as if it’d just been 24 hours since I was sitting at the beach with my best friend and smiling at the copious amounts of sea life-smiting gunpowder that illuminated the midnight sky and yet here we are, contemplating what resolutions we will break in 2012.

The Origins of Morality

The Origins of Morality

Raya Bidshahri, 7 January 2012
In this day and age, there is a clear outline of the many aspects of ethics in society. By early adulthood, most of us are familiar with what is right and what is wrong. Yet, who are we to claim whether a certain deed is righteous or not? Indeed, what are our references when it comes to ethics? Where does our morality originate? […]

The Open Door

The Open Door

Edeline D’Souza 16, December 2011
The steady progress of the sun as it crept its way across the multi-hued sky, trying in vain to catch up with the border of darkness that sped to the unknown.

The Open Door

The Open Door

Teresa Francis, 16 December 2011
When you get started on your very first job, you have an absolutely disgusting happy outlook on everything. You feel special, and you feel needed. After a while, you shall taste your first cynical thought. It may be something as simple as ‘she’s such a suck-up’ but it will taste bitter in your mouth, like accidental pith in an otherwise delicious lemon tart.

The Open Door

The Open Door

Raya Bidshahri, 10 December 2011
Joshua-52 transferred his entangled and sophisticated thoughts to the mighty processor that stood in front of him. His synthetic heart began to beat furiously beneath his chest; his electrically operated neurons shot around his body and his half-computerized mind began to sizzle.