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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.

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 Iliad – A Summary

The Iliad – A Summary

By Teresa Francis, 14 Sept. 2012
The Iliad by Homer has been a huge influence on the way we see literature today. It is one of the oldest existing pieces of western literature, and contains 15,693 lines.

The Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel

Shaday Collie, 14 September 2012
The sun was obscured by a cluster of menacingly, angelic clouds fighting, in vain, to grace her with its soothing rays of comfort. The air was still and unresponsive, closing in on her feeble disposition.

Epicurus and the Philosophy of Happiness

Epicurus and the Philosophy of Happiness

Raya Bidshahri, 8 Sept. 2012

What is true happiness? – Is it money? Laughter? Food? Sex? Tranquility? Love? Health? Wisdom? Chocolate? Freedom? Mere Satisfaction?

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.

Interview with Pooneh Roney

Interview with Pooneh Roney

Raya Bidshahri, 28th August 2012
Earlier this month, the Head Girl of the Winchester School, Raya Bidshahri, paid a visit to the office of Ms Pooneh Roney, the director of ‘The Brain and Learning’ located in TECOM, Dubai.

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.

Film Review: ‘Blow-Up’

Film Review: ‘Blow-Up’

Rohan Roberts, 17 August 2012
Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you are easily bored. Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you like your hero to ride out into the sunset as the credits roll. Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you prefer your movies Americanised with neat endings, supersized with special effects, and served to you on a platter all neatly packed with a generous portion of McHollywood drama.

Kai’s Lost Identity

Kai’s Lost Identity

Teresa Francis, 15 Aug 2012
The boy was confused with what the old man had told him. He had approached him for directions, a wizened, hunched, character, unusually dressed in a tux wearing glasses that looked old […]

A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing

Raya Bidshahri, 19 May 2012
How did a universe, so beautifully complex and unimaginably vast come to existence? What, or should I say who, caused its existence?

The Wonders of Mathematics

The Wonders of Mathematics

Shafnaa Kasim, 18 May 2012
Students or former students, regardless of which school or decade, all must have had different experiences with mathematics- often not too pleasant. […]

False Expectation

False Expectation

Teresa Francis, 18 May 2012
I’ve met several fascinating characters through the course of my life, but Robin, the first true friend I can say I’ve had, as well as the first person I have ever loved—platonically, not amorously—has always had a special place in my heart. […]

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.

The Writer

The Writer

Nikita Vyas, 15 May 2012
I am writing for the first time after three and a half years. I don’t know why I stopped and I don’t know why I am starting today. I was like a magician without magic, a florist without flowers and an artist without paint.

New Developments 3 – DDG

New Developments 3 – DDG

15 May 2012
Last month a group of Sixth Formers from the Winchester School, made their way to the Jam Jar – a quirky warehouse in Al Quoz that offers a creative space and works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene.

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. […]

The Quantum World

The Quantum World

Raya Bidshahri, 30 April 2012
Science is all about explaining the Universe in a series of determinative laws. It is all about certainty, predictability and ultimate truths… Or is it?

The Significance of Evolution

The Significance of Evolution

Raya Bidshahri, 30 April 2012
When Nicholas Copernicus first introduced the notion of a heliocentric universe in which the earth revolved around the sun, the human population was appalled not because it was a fallacious theory but because it wasn’t what they wanted to be true. […]

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.

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. […]

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.

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 […]

Eyes

Eyes

Raya Bidshahri, March 30, 2012
Every single one of us would find it unconditionally distressing to envision a world without the power of sight. Most of us, without doubt, appreciate vision to be a valuable ability to perceive our surroundings. There’s no denying that without it, we would all be truly impotent.

The Virtual Omega Point

The Virtual Omega Point

Raya Bidshahri, 18 February 2012
Noah stared, open-mouthed, at the grand spacecraft that stood in a perpendicular position. Six majestic cylinders were bundled around the colossal craft’s belly as its chunky nose kissed the azure sky.

Vivid Blindness

Vivid Blindness

Raya Bidshahri, 18 February 2012
Little by little, Catherine bestirred herself. Her siesta had been the most intense that she had ever experienced in her nineteen years of living. As she aroused herself into reality, her physique pounded and her cranium throbbed.

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.

Dishonourable

Dishonourable

Aqilah Faaiqah, 27 January 2012
Where is it? I’ve searched high and low – rummaging through corners of my room I never knew existed, overturning any object that might be shrouding it, even emptying the putrefying contents of my trash bin only to be disappointed […]

Schuberg Humperdinkle Plays Something New

Schuberg Humperdinkle Plays Something New

Rohan Roberts, 27 January 2012
Schuberg Humperdinkle was a teenage musical genius. If you grabbed hold of all the musicians in the world and tossed them in a heap he’d be right there at the top of the pile.

Film Review: Jar City

Film Review: Jar City

Nikita Vyas, 27 January 2012
Jar City is a film from Iceland and is a murder mystery that leads to a series of peculiar and baffling events that leave the audience yearning for an explanation that is cleverly and gradually unravelled.

Letting Go

Letting Go

Teresa Francis, 27 January 2012
I hate walking back home. On the days my mother is too busy at work and therefore cannot pick me up, I have to walk […]

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.

The Essence of Infinity

The Essence of Infinity

Raya Bidshahri, 23 January 2011
What I truly cherish about Science is its capacity to deliver the actual unbiased view of the manner in which things operate. In this field, there are neither prejudices nor one-sided arguments. […]

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 Suicide

The Suicide

Raya Bidshahri 23 January 2012
Untold numbers of skyscrapers towered over one another, thrusting up into the dusky urban sky. Here and there, myriads of lights glowed and if one gazed for long enough one could perceive them increase in numbers […]

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.

A New Awakening

A New Awakening

Rohan Roberts, 11 January 2012
It took them a surprisingly long time to figure out that they were living in a universe that was just one bubble in a vast surging cosmic ocean filled with other bubble universes.

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 […]