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  1. This sort of zero sum thinking by Singer, Gates and others is dispiriting and is reflective of a staggering lack of imagination, but it shouldn’t relieve museums of the responsibility to answer Weil’s call. Answering it, among others, is Mark O’Neill, Director of Research and Development at Glasgow Life. According to O’Neil’s extensive research, cultural participation, including museum-going, improve wellbeing: better mental and physical health, as well as increased lifespan. In this sense, I think we can say that Singer’s is a false dichotomy, and that the support of culture may be one of many worthwhile strategies for improving the health of humankind. Check O’Neil’s thesis here: http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/policy-research/Documents/Mental%20health%20article%20(MON).pdf

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