This page contains links to a few sites recommended by SIRC.


Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more

The Future of Freemasonry

An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century


This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more

The Changing Face of Motherhood

Insights from three generations of mothers


The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more

Worthwhile Links

Sense About ScienceSense About Science works with and through existing organisations, experts and opinion formers, to ensure an effective strategy for promoting an evidence-based approach in current controversies.

Bad Science"If you are a purveyor of bad science, be afraid. If you are on the side, of light and good, be vigilant: and for the love of Karl Popper, email me every last instance you find of this evil." Ben Goldacre's excellent weekly column in the Guardian, Bad Science

Headliners Headliners Headliners is a UK-wide news agency producing news, features and comment by young people for everyone (formerly Children's Express)

Harper's MagazineThe emphasis at Harper's Magazine is on fine writing and original thought, and in its acclaimed essays, fiction, and reporting, Harper's continues to explore the issues and ideas in politics, science, and the arts that drive our national conversation.

Spiked! Spiked is a website for those who want to see some change in the real world as well as the virtual one.

utne reader Utne Reader – the place in cyberspace where ideas and community interact.

The Philosopher's MagazineThe Philosopher's Magazine – philosophy as fun! An interesting section on science.

Philosophy Now Philosophy Now – the news-stand magazine of ideas.

Prospect Magazine Prospect Magazine – "Europe's outstanding political and cultural monthly."

HealthWatch Health Watch Enhancing informed choice
through reliable information.

Arts and Letters DailyPrecious nuggets of real content are there to be found on the web, and it's the mission of Arts & Letters Daily to extract them. Naturally, they include some of our pages.

SciTech DailySciTech Daily Review – intelligent, informed science and technology coverage.

Statistical Assessment Service Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) – a nonpartisan research organization in Washington, D.C. devoted to the accurate use of scientific and quantitative information in public policy debate.