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Human Wellbeing

This conference examined what it meant to be "well" as wellness in the body may not always lead to wellness in the mind and what's good for some is rarely ever good for all.

You might be interested in this conference if you are currently studying:

  • Government and Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Mathematics
  • A modern language
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics
  • History
  • English

Human Wellbeing lectures and seminars

Safeguarding newborn babies: screening neonatal jaundice with digital photography

UCL Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering

Introductory Lecture

A lot of us turned “yellow” in the first few days after birth, a rather common condition known as neonatal jaundice. It is caused by the accumulation of yellow-coloured bilirubin in the blood. This condition can often get better by itself but in some serious cases phototherapy treatment would be necessary. This talk tells the story of how we attempt to identify pathologically jaundiced newborn babies by analysing the colour of their eyes, with the help of a range of STEM related subjects including digital photography, colour science, image processing, statistical analysis and computer programming.

Plato on Human Flourishing

UCL Department of Philosophy

Lecture & Seminar

All ancient Greeks – from the cobbler to the general to the philosopher – believed that the point of life, and its highest goal, was a state or activity called eudaimonia. Arguably, the best way to understand this concept nowadays is to think of it as flourishing, doing well over the long-term, as opposed to a transient state of happiness. Plato thought that this life consists in being the best you can be: being excellent or virtuous. He also developed a three-part model of human psychology, with each of the three parts as the source of basic and irreducible kinds of human desire and goals. The way to achieve virtue, Plato thought, was to properly develop these parts of ourselves so that the kinds of desires that belong to each is satisfied, but in a way that harmonises the parts and unifies the whole person. Flourishing, for Plato, was in this sense a kind of mental health.

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

UCL School of Pharmacy

Lecture & Seminar

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus are related diseases that are sweeping the World in epidemic proportions. There is little doubt that this is the result of increased intake of a high calorie fast food diet coupled to the 'thrifty genome' that has been advantageous in human evolution. This seminar/lecture will explore the causes of, and therapies for, this global epidemic.

Public attitudes to development aid

UCL Department of Political Science

Lecture & Seminar

In 2010 the Coalition Government’s decision to ‘ring-fence’ aid spending pushed it into the national spotlight. The ensuing political debate addressed whether ‘charity begins at home’ and prioritizing the poor in Britain vs. the poor abroad. Was it right to protect aid spending? This session examines public opinion and overseas aid. Drawing on recent national survey data, we consider the following questions:

  • How concerned are the public about poverty in developing countries?
  • How much do the public think is spent on aid?
  • How much should be spent on aid?
  • How much do the public know about overseas aid?
  • How do perceptions of corruption and waste affect support for aid?

Is sport really good for us?

UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society

Lecture & Seminar

Is sport really good for us? The physical and mental benefits of sport and exercise are often noted; politicians and sporting organisations are keen to tell us that sport can keep us physically fit and healthy. But beyond the supposed medical and health benefits, what role can sport play in human wellbeing? Is sport a useful social tool for bringing people together or something that blinds us to the inherent nationalist, capitalist and discriminatory nature of modern society? Is sport something that encourages human expression, or something that constricts us within certain patterns, orders and rules? Does it promote health or physical self-abuse? These are questions which different people have attempted to answer looking at social theory and historical examples. In this session we will consider what sport is, how it is different to other forms of exercise, how it can bring people together or tear them apart, and how it can limit or promote your own wellbeing.

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