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The Call of Silence

And the Unknowing of Noise… We live in a society with a powerful aversion to silence; with an anxiety of not having something said, or anything to say. Silence is feared and equated with emptiness, meaninglessness, nothing. Muzak is, of

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Buddhism, mindfulness, therapy, politics

A podcast of our BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking programme, broadcast last Wednesday. Rana Mitter discusses Buddhism in Western therapy and in Eastern politics with psychotherapist Mark Vernon, Rupert Gethin – Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Theology

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Freedom Of Speech Comes From Within

The role of the inner censor hasn’t been much discussed since the atrocities in Paris, though it has a crucial part to play in our freedom. A piece from The Idler. Freedom of speech has been extensively discussed since the

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A gate in the fence around belief

This piece is just published in the Church Times, thinking about the report on spirituality from the RSA. SPIRITUALITY is back, if ever it went away. Sam Harris, one of the leading advocates of the new atheism, published a “guide

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It's the end of the world as we know it

Another article published by the Idler Academy, partly to plug my new course starting in the new year, An Introduction of Psychology and Psychotherapy. Life appears to pause on the last days of the year. The wintery week between Christmas

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It’s the end of the world as we know it

Another article published by the Idler Academy, partly to plug my new course starting in the new year, An Introduction of Psychology and Psychotherapy. Life appears to pause on the last days of the year. The wintery week between Christmas

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Why we go home at Christmas

This article is published by the Idler Academy, partly to plug my new course starting in the new year, An Introduction of Psychology and Psychotherapy. “Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The truth of Leo Tolstoy’s observation

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In praise of the logos

It’s Stoic Week 2014. This article is an adapted extract from the new issue of The Idler Magazine. The organisers of Stoic Week will be publishing it on their blog alongside a response from someone who disagrees. Ancient Stoics believed

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The School of Athens: then and now

Here is Dirk Lindner’s lovely pic of the School of London, take on 20 November on the steps of St Paul’s. The philosophers:  ARISTOTLE: John Lloyd John is the founder of QI and produced the great TV hits Blackadder, Not

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Announcing new Idler online modern philosophy course

Click here and use the discount code ‘ithink01’ and for the next 48 hours get £10 off! WHAT is it to be modern? What ideas and assumptions shape the way we experience ourselves? Why do we take pride in our

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