Scientists have long known that there’s much more to our experience than the five senses (or ‘outward wits’) described by Aristotle – hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste. Yet the myth of five senses persists, perhaps because a clearer understanding of our sensory experience at the neurological level has only recently started to take shape. In this instalment of Aeon’s In Sight series, the British philosopher Barry C Smith argues that the multisensory view of human experience that’s currently emerging in neuroscience could make philosophising about our senses much more accurate, and richer, allowing philosophers to complement the work of scientists in important ways. But first, philosophy must catch up to the major advances being made in brain science
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A view from the cheap seats | The Transparency Project
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The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of measures to keep UK users safe online.
— Read on www.gov.uk/government/consultations/online-harms-white-paper
The House of Commons Justice Committee has blamed government failure for the dramatic fall in magistrate numbers in England and Wales.
The committee says the recent shortfall is “as frustrating as it was foreseeable” and that it has taken a “near crisis” to prompt the government into acting.
In 2016, the committee warned the government that magistrates faced unresolved issues that related to their role, workload and morale, with serious recruitment and training problems being the main factor.
How to volunteer as a magistrate, who can and can’t apply, the application form, and what magistrates do in court
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As part of a transformation programme, the London borough of Sutton has introduced a new way of delivering social work. Steering away from box-ticking, the council’s new approach is more personal and effective
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/sutton-social-care/2019/jun/03/restorative-practice-improving-the-quality-of-frontline-social-work
Official home of VictimFocus and Jessica Eaton. Dedicated to fighting victim blaming of adults and children who have been affected by sexual violence, abuse and trauma. Delivering consultancy, training, psychology of abuse, resources and e-learning for professionals and public all over the world.
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