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Good day! I’m Derek, a literary critic, YouTuber, writer and professional book reviewer. If you’re an author, publisher or blogger, I can be of great assistance to you.

Every piece I create introduces all of those roles I listed a moment ago. When I am writing on…


Walking the razor-thin line dividing tolerance from intolerance

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“I know the value of negotiation and compromise, but sometimes, I just can’t be diplomatic.”

A concept I am fascinated with is something that has been called ‘the liberal paradox’ or ‘the tolerance paradox’. Stated simply, this is where tolerance and the democratization of competing interests run into a contradiction…


Here are some metrics, accomplishments & tips

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Alright, we’ve all read dozens of these type of blogs. I know you’re anxious to see the results; y’know, the vanity metrics like views, reads, fans, and, of course, moolah…duh!

If you have little patience to read about my journey and what I’ve learned, scroll down to the subheading called…


Substituting the conference table for the battlefield

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“[N]o resolution is passed until every delegation has dissected it with jewellers’ tools,”

Herein, I wanted to talk about one of the main issues people have against federative bodies like the United Nations. What prompts me to talk about this are two things.

Firstly, I’ve long been an advocate of…


This will be forgotten long before we reap the consequences of his foolishness!

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“I am left with grave doubts that Pyongyang will make good on its word with so much less verification and so much more at stake.”

Today, I want to discuss some of the complexity of North Korea’s relationship with the rest of the world. I wish to give a bit…


‘I hope that children today see the beacon of hope that the UN represents.’

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This most solemn appointment calls for a very specific kind of person.

I read a tremendous book that I received as an advanced reading copy and was invited to offer my review of. The work is called Resolved: Uniting Nations In A Divided World. It was authored by the former…


…until they’re not!

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“Unifying theories, although intrinsically appealing, should be subject to careful scrutiny.” — Professor Nutt

Lately I’ve been commenting on a tremendous new book that I’ve been invited to review. It’s called Overloaded: How Every Aspect of Your Life is Influenced by Your Brain Chemicals, authored by Ginny Smith. …


Make no mistake, political explanations are valid too!

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We need a more holistic way of studying these societal issues. Science is only one method.

Addiction is a widespread, severe, and extremely misunderstood mental illness. I certainly don’t want to act as though this article could exhaust all explanation. Lately, though, I’ve been responding to a number of ideas…


What dependency looks like neurologically

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The reason dependence is so complex is because it’s tied in to virtually every mechanism related to memory. It’s why experts struggle to draw the line consistently between behavioural and substance addiction.

Lately, I’ve been writing about behavioural neuroscience. And these discussions are loosely framed around a book I was…


There ARE Solutions!

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These are not individuals who have just screwed up their own lives. We are responsible for them.

Not long ago, I interviewed a fellow YouTube creator, Séan, from the channel Yahweh out there. Part of that dialog was centred on the tragic quandary of homelessness. …

Derek London

Editor for Diogenes Lounge. Writer for ILLUMINATION and a YouTube personality. Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHBpAoID8i6tqz6ksLSY8ow

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