Category: Talks

Lord Williams of Oystermouth: ‘Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language.’

I can recommend Rowan Williams’ Gifford lectures of the last couple of weeks. Chewy but rewarding! His main point seems quite straightforward, for all the subtle and complex ways he develops it. He is pointing out that if you reflect

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Lord Williams of Oystermouth: ‘Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language.'

I can recommend Rowan Williams’ Gifford lectures of the last couple of weeks. Chewy but rewarding! His main point seems quite straightforward, for all the subtle and complex ways he develops it. He is pointing out that if you reflect

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The evolution of consciousness

Rupert Sheldrake and I discuss the evolution of consciousness in this latest of our exchanges, available as a podcast or iTunes. (Image: Oliver Spalt)

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Love All That Matters – an introduction

I’ve recorded a podcast introduction to my new book, Love All That Matters, which is out next week. Do have a listen! (Click on play button below or download via iTunes.)

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The Most Despised Science Book of 2012 is … worth reading

This piece has just gone up at the Guardian’s Comment is free… Every year, I “give” an award to the Most Despised Science Book of the Year. The 2010 award went to Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini for What Darwin

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How to follow your heart?

I preached a sermon for the first time in a long time last week, and it felt like a sermon not a talk. It was at St Edward’s, Cambridge, the broad question being how to follow your heart? I see

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Night Waves on the good life

This week’s episodes of BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves are on the good life. I was in on a discussion on Monday. Podcast here. It got quite lively…

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Posthumous pardons

Night Waves had a discussion on forgiveness this week, which I took part in (last 10 minutes or so.) We were reflecting on a number of recent instances where the secular state has been exorted to forgive and yet seems

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Philosophy Now Radio

… is into its new run. Last week, Grant Bartley talked with myself on Wellbeing and two fellow Art of Living authors, Ziyad Marar, who wrote Deception, and Piers Benn, whose new title Commitment is out later this year. Do

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Nudge, Epicurus and egoistic friendship

Talking about Epicureanism at The Idler Academy last night, I was encouraged that people responded warily to Epicurus’ attitude towards friendship. It is radically self-interested. Though he can celebrate friendship ‘dancing around the world’ announcing blessedness, and he wrote a

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