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In democracies the principle is ostensibly that wars are ordered by leaders voted into office by the people, but the act of killing is almost exclusively carried out by soldiers. In Remembrance: The Sniper, an anonymous UK sniper ponders the disjunctures between the ‘craft’ of sharpshooting, the psychological impact of killing an enemy target, and questions of responsibility when a government sends its soldiers into an unpopular war. Paired with scenes shot in a weapons factory, the sniper’s reflections leave a haunting impression of a society bound to warfare without understanding why.
Director: Barry J Gibb
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Philosophy of mind
Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states
The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one
A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity
An artist grapples with the loss of his brother, and the problem of canine abduction
Sports and games
After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races
History of technology
Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free
Thinkers and theories
Bigger isn’t better – the renegade ‘Buddhist economics’ of E F Schumacher
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