Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

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.

Our Prodigious Embellishments

Our Prodigious Embellishments

Nikita Ravindran 11G1 | October 20, 2014 A display of a myriad of colours often puts a smile on ones face- it bathes our mind with a sense of outlandish (yet ever so wonted) joy. The very feeling of knowing where we are, or knowing that our presence is acknowledged by our abode, and that […]

The Changing Phase

The Changing Phase

September 27, 2014| Zeanne Mendoza
What does it mean to grow?

A thought I pondered through procrastination- it provoked my curiosity; a question that had lingered my mind repeatedly. Each day passes and in the continuity of time, we go on without digging deeper into it’s in depth meaning.

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.

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.

The Importance of Curiosity

The Importance of Curiosity

Jennifer writes about the recent TEDxYouth@WinchesterLive2013 event, as well as the importance of being constantly curious.

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.

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.

Rape Culture and Internalised Misogyny

Rape Culture and Internalised Misogyny

Neiha Lasharie, 4 Jan 2013
Phoebus Online is a magazine that thrives on giving young voices a platform – and this particular young voice is a livid one.

Intelligent Optimism

Intelligent Optimism

By Raya Bidshahri 3 November 2012
Head girl, Raya, writes about what it means to be optimistic in an intelligent, informed and rational way.

Terra-forming – From Earthlings to Martians

Terra-forming – From Earthlings to Martians

By Raya Bidshahri, 1 Oct 2012
When astronomer Christian Hyugens’ observations first provided evidence of Mars being a planet, never did he or anyone else during his era imagine that a rover would, one day, wander about its surfaces […]

Nature v/s Nurture

Nature v/s Nurture

By Rachel Long, 1 Oct. 2012
Arguably one of the most important discussions within psychology, the concept of nature versus nurture has been the source of many detailed studies.

The Human Condition

The Human Condition

Edeline D’Souza, 1 Oct 2012
Jealousy, greed, self-gratification, self-indulgence. We think of these things as characteristic of the Human Race. Everything we do seems to be for an ulterior motive […]

Eschew Violence, Embrace Peace

Eschew Violence, Embrace Peace

Mehvash Khan, 1 Oct 2012
Mehvash offers a liberal Islamic viewpoint about the recent riots.

Probability

Probability

By Winston Vicente
If you were in a Las Vegas casino and you were on the roulettes, which colour would you bet on? The Red or the Black?

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

By Ayesha Kaushik, 29 September 2012
We’ve all heard the famous saying that laughter is the best medicine, but do you really think laughter is something so powerful that it may be as effective as medicine can be?

Intelligent Optimism

Intelligent Optimism

By Tannya Jajal, 19 Sept 2012
Why is it that so many people are skeptical about the concept of there being any “good” in the world? Why is it that people’s minds are constantly marred by negativity and the lack of hope?

Science: The Poetry of Reality

Science: The Poetry of Reality

By Raya Bidshahri, 14 Sept. 2012
I am tremendously passionate about science because it’s inspiring, beautiful and truly poetic. Hence, you can imagine my exasperation when others claim that it can never be poetic in any way.

Mysteries of Birth

Mysteries of Birth

Shaday Collie, 21 April 2012
When I was a lot younger than I am, my mother took me to a public clinic, if you can call it that, to obtain some medicine for my grandmother, if memory serves me right. […]

Censorship is Futile

Censorship is Futile

Neiha Lasharie, 21 April 2012
I know a lot of people are into piracy – and not the fun, swashbucklin’, cutlass-wieldin’ kind of piracy either. I’m talking illegal downloads […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Human Body

The Human Body

Yolany Aher, 18 November 2011
The human body is so magnificently complex. Time and time again, it never fails to completely and utterly baffle me. We all know that we breathe, we respire, we grow, and we see however, learning about how these things, these simple basic life functions occur is so mind boggling.

Keats and his Awful Rainbow

Keats and his Awful Rainbow

Rohan Roberts, 9 October 2011
A defence of reason and wonder.

Fortunate Species

Fortunate Species

Raya Bidshahri, 1 Oct 2011

The more mankind hunts the cosmos for traces of intelligent life, the more we fathom its scarcity. For decades, the human race has moved the heavens and the earth to locate even the most trifling traces of living creatures. It is as if we are smothering in loneliness amongst this infinite universe, intensely hoping that we are not alone.

The Gamer’s Privilege

The Gamer’s Privilege

Teresa Francis, 15 April ’11

Violent or not, Call of Duty: Black Ops is my brother’s lifeline. He plays (can you even call it playing?) it whenever he gets the chance.

All in the family

All in the family

Nikita Vyas, 11 March ’11
Many of us don’t realise the importance of our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and, ofcourse, siblings […]

Free Will or Destiny?

Free Will or Destiny?

Feba Thomas, 24 Feb ’11
“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will”.

First Time First Class

First Time First Class

Lorenzo Rasco, 24 Feb ’11
Lorenzo describes his first time flying first class!

Overpaid Sportsmen

Overpaid Sportsmen

Vladislav Belov, 17 Feb ’11
Are sportsmen paid too much for their own good? Vlad tells us what he thinks.

The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Yoan Aher 5th Feb ’11
Have you ever heard a song and felt instantly connected to it? Have you ever been tied to its meaning, moved by its notes, a part of every nuance and known that it was made for you?

What Really Matters

What Really Matters

Jurgienne Arizza 5th Feb ’11
“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. “

What we live by, we die by

What we live by, we die by

Nikol Buenaventura 4th February ’11
Nikol offers her views on what mankind has been contemplating since the dawn of reason — is there an afterlife?

Make way for the future!

Make way for the future!

Yolany Aher 4th February ’11

The future; 6 letters, 2 syllables, 1 word. One huge, intimidating word. Yolany contemplates the trials and travails of teenagers facing the daunting prospect of living in the future.

Science Greets Magic

Science Greets Magic

Raya Badshari 4th February ’11
Noetics – Science or pseudo-science. Raya offers her view.

Are aliens among us?

Are aliens among us?

Rohan Roberts, 27 June ’10
What do we make of claims of alien abductions? Are there little green men who walk among us? How would we communicate with aliens? How likely is the possibility of life outside the bounds of our tiny planet?

Useless Knowledge

Useless Knowledge

Rohan Roberts, 15 June ’10
Is there some knowledge that is useless? Should the pursuit of understanding have a utilitarian goal? How do we decide what knowledge is useful? Is ignorance really bliss?