Doing doubt

Listening to the first programme on doubt with a bunch of friends, it was interesting how they picked up on different things. One noted the link, made by Angie Hobbs, between resisting doubt and seeking control. Angie said: ‘Is this really a debate about control and a delusion that we can control the world and… Continue reading Doing doubt

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In Doubt We Trust

If you missed the first programme, but fancy a listen, it’s here on BBC iPlayer…

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To Spring

The hills tell one another, and the listening Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turn’d Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth And let thy holy feet visit our clime! William Blake

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The tyranny of thanks

It was my turn to do the Evening Standard column… Recall the last time a child – perhaps your niece or nephew, your son or daughter – said thank you to you. How delighted were you by their gratitude? How warm was the glow inside? And now think again. What kind of pressure was on… Continue reading The tyranny of thanks

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In doubt we trust

The first part of radio series I’ve written and presented, In Doubt We Trust, goes out next Sunday on BBC Radio 4 – March 6, 1.30pm. We spoke to a wide range of people in the making of it, exploring doubt not just in science and religion, but politics and economics, at a personal and… Continue reading In doubt we trust

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Minding the neurotrash

Neuroscience is not known for underselling its genius to solve that problem called human nature. There’s neuro-economics, neuro-theology, neuro-interior-design for all I know. Here’s a new one to me: ‘biological justice’. The idea is that brain scanners in law courts will be able to tell not only if a suspect is telling the truth, but… Continue reading Minding the neurotrash

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Underground riddle

From London Bridge to Green Park, and then Tottenham Court Road to Oval, I puzzled over Gerard Benson’s poem, Riddle. The best answer I could come up with was The Word of God – resting amongst leaves – though it falters on the lines about entering a dark tunnel and being bathed in acid. Internet… Continue reading Underground riddle

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