Choosing a Jury: Time for a Peer Review This article is going to present a thought experiment I’ve imagined and spent time thinking about based on the concept of free will in order to explore how machinery could put this concept into question. Black Mirror is an instance of such contemporary reflections, where previous ideas … More Free Will and Machinery: The US Justice System Has Nothing to Do with It
June is one of my favourite sunny months, but apparently also Scoliosis Awareness Month! It felt pretty good discovering that this exists since I live with scoliosis as well. I would like to tell a bit about my own experience with scoliosis; how it’s a struggle to live with, but also about overcoming insecurities and … More Scoliosis Awareness Month
Not to sound like a boomer, but nowadays, our entire lives are spent behind screens. I’m not saying it’s necessarily a bad thing! Technology has allowed us to achieve some pretty amazing feats, but it is no lie that most of us probably spend too much time on our phones and on our laptops. Everything … More From Vinyl to Spotify: A Look at Physical Possessions
I recently stumbled onto a short YouTube clip of the philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, in which he said that although we humans emerged from nature and are a part of the biological phenomenon of the natural world, this fact does not mean that how we conceive of nature is necessarily accurate or objective. The way we … More Ambiguous Hush: An Ecocritical Reading of John Clare’s ‘The Nightingale’s Nest’
Back in December, I went through a rough patch where I was feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. The weekend prior to my final exams was spent in bed moping and sopping around, and watching hours and hours of Claire from the Bon Appétit test kitchen. Actually, I also watched other videos created by Bon … More Cooking Diaries: “Failure is part of the Art”
In late March, I was recalled home by my parents, the government, and my university. They told me I had to leave Amsterdam and return to the UK due to the spread of the coronavirus. I felt indignant, Amsterdam is my home. Despite my protest, it eventually became clear that there was no way around … More What Does It Mean to Keep the World at Home?
Writer’s Block Magazine is looking for fresh, enthusiastic and creative editorial board members! Do you like writing and editing? Do you have any journalistic aspirations? Then join the Writer’s Block editorial board! What/who is Writer’s Block?Writer’s Block Magazine is a student-run magazine at University of Amsterdam. We have an international readership and contributors from across … More Writer’s Block is Looking for New Editorial Board Members!
When applying for a position on the editorial board of Writer’s Block, I started preparing for the interview. I was informed of the kinds of questions that would come my way so I could prepare suitable answers. Mostly, it was an interview like any other I was used to (apart from the question of what … More The Rational, the Animal and the Monster
Shine on (you) Crazy Diamond, other than being a not so subtle reference to the magnificent music of Pink Floyd, is also the title for this series of articles hellbent on making you discover underrated artworks that have nothing but passion and a heaping amount of psychedelics in them. With that out of the way, … More Shine on (you) Crazy Diamond #2: Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace
To me, reading is a great way to escape the daily rush. Wandering to a different world just by opening up a chapter and reading from sentence to sentence, I get to decide the pace. With a book in front of your nose, you can allow yourself to just ignore the world around you for … More Reading as an Escape from Reality