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The social scientists’ guide to society Issue 2, 31 st May 2017
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2 Editor’s note Welcome to the second issue of The Lens, the Social Science undergraduate journal written by the Social Sciences’ students. The aim of the journal is to explore important issues in society through the lens of social science. With this issue, students addressed matters they were questioning, bothered by, or trying to understand through writing. These matters are meaningful to them, and I hope that they make it meaningful to you, readers. What I personally really liked about this issue is that all writers were really curious about their subjects and managed to hold my attention on things I would ’ve never thought of. I love the fact that from a trivial subject like going to the Gym we can reflect on a society’s attitude, like Yuanmo did. Or that Ashly decided to change the topic of her article because of something that bothered her: the little recognition Social Sciences get compared to more “classical Sciences”. Anyway, we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it! Yours, Sarah Patti Issue 2 of The Lens was edited jointly by Sarah Patti and Fi Darcy. It was designed by Nikita Glass and Hannah Drijver-Ludlam. PS. It would be great to get your feedback on this issue and any suggestions you may have for the next one (due in the autumn 2017 term). Also, if you would like to join the editorial board for the next issue, or contribute photos, cartoons, articles or opinion pieces please email: [email protected]
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3 contents & contributors 1. Does true altruism exist? The myth of a truly selfless act, By Eszter Horvath page 4 2. Islam: Misunderstood, Misinterpreted or Miscommunicated? By Aditi Mathur, page 6 3. Pride and Prejudices: the everlasting discrimination, By Ashly Fuller, page 9 4. A whim in a gym Social division and obesity, By Yuanmo He page 11 5. A Sociologist Walks into Boots (The Chemist ). By Sophie Blaney page 13 6. Networks and Neighbours: Tea with the Goldthorpes page 15
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Does true altruism exist? The myth of a truly selfless act By Eszter Horvath Altruism can mean many things; it can have many definitions and interpretations. It can be thought of as a concept to help explain motivations and behaviours behind selflessness, but it can also be seen as the behaviour itself, doing something without any self-interest being present. In this article, I am only looking at it in the context of helping others, examining whether human beings can help each other truly selflessly, without getting anything in return. In other words, this article examines whether it is in human nature to be truly altruistic or not. Now I want you to think a little. If you had to answer this question, why do you help people, what would you say? Is it because you truly want to help those in need and make someone else’s life a bit better? Or more selfishly, do you just do it for yourself? Or are you somewhere in the middle, truly wanting to help but acknowledging that you are doing it for yourself as well?
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