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Dante’s Divine Comedy 2020

This year, 2020, marks the 700th anniversary of the completion of the great Divine Comedy. I invite you to experience the odyssey, too, by accompanying me as I discuss each canto. Dante begins his journey by waking up in a

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AI and forgetting being human

This is a review of Human Compatible by Stuart Russell first published in the Church Times. If you seek a book that explains why artificial intelligence (AI) will shape and change the future, this is the book to choose. It

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Developing through difficulty – talk on Donald Winnicott

The British psychotherapist, Donald Winnicott, has many key ideas that are useful when thinking about how we develop and connect with the wider world particularly in times of difficulty. His genius, in part, is also to take and on develop

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The Netflix Messiah

This piece has been published at Christian Today. Messiah is the new Netflix series. It features the appearance in the Middle East of a Christ-like character who, following an apparently spectacular miracle, gains a following. (I’m now entering into spoiler

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David Bohm and Owen Barfield: a conversation

This is a summary of an exchange between the physicist David Bohm and the philologist Owen Barfield, and others, that took place on 1st and 2nd May 1982 at the Kettering Foundation. The occasionally broken transcript was given to me

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Imagination and unfolding reality

Many today struggle to perceive spiritual reality. But might we be passing through a stage in the evolution of human awareness? In this dialogue, Rupert Sheldrake and I discuss a recent conference that addressed this question. It was inspired by

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Spiritual growth

This essay is posted at the blog of Perspectiva. What might it look like if we learnt to grow and progress and build differently – spiritually? During 2019, climate change became climate crisis, even climate emergency. The tenor has become

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Evolving Consciousness – complete films & podcasts

All the recordings of our tremendous day, Evolving Consciousness: Spiritual Experience in a Secular Age, held on Saturday 30th November, can be found online.

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The real meaning of Christmas

This piece is published at Christian Today and The Idler. Many Christians will feel compelled to proclaim a social message this Christmas. How could they not? The story of a refugee family, with a tiny child, travelling across borders, fleeing

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Why we always get biology wrong

Rethinking Biology: Public Understandings, Edited by Michael Reiss, Fraser Watts, Harris Wiseman (2019: World Scientific) I’ve a chapter in this new book entitled, The Public Understanding of Biology: a journalist’s perspective, reproduced with permission here. A personal note might be

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