Dante and civilisational decline. Another dispatch on disillusionment in politics

An audio version of this talk can be found at my podcast, Dante’s Divine Comedy, available via podcast feeds. Dante lived through a period of almost total social collapse. Civil war and city-state terror, practiced by the church as much as secular powers, drove him into exile for the last 20 years of his life.… Continue reading Dante and civilisational decline. Another dispatch on disillusionment in politics

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God, sexuality & the psyche. CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud tabletalk. Thoughts on Freud’s Last Session

An audio version of this discussion is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. The new movie Freud’s Last Session is well worth a watch, particularly if either man is of interest. The issues you might expect are aired between them, not least belief in God. But also the more shadowy sides… Continue reading God, sexuality & the psyche. CS Lewis and Sigmund Freud tabletalk. Thoughts on Freud’s Last Session

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The kingdom within. A thought on Jesus and politics

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. I’ve been thinking about politics and disillusionment that seems most characteristic of now, in the West at least, and thinking about the prepolitcal – what politics needs to work well. I’ve thought about Plato on beauty and Aristotle… Continue reading The kingdom within. A thought on Jesus and politics

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The fullness of life. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

An audio version of this conversation is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. At school, we learn that being alive is to possess certain functions, from respiration to reproduction. But what is life and why can the word “life” be used more widely than referring only to biological life? In the… Continue reading The fullness of life. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

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Ethics and the failure of politics, or why ethics is part of the problem. A dispatch from Athens

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Disillusionment with politics is probably the most obvious feature of the current mood. This is, in part, because politics has collapsed onto anxiety about material improvement and lost sight of much more. In a secular society in which… Continue reading Ethics and the failure of politics, or why ethics is part of the problem. A dispatch from Athens

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Beauty and the failure of politics. An election dispatch from ancient Athens

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. Disillusionment with politics is probably the most obvious feature of the current mood. This is, in part, because politics has collapsed onto anxiety about material improvement and lost sight of much more. In a secular society in which… Continue reading Beauty and the failure of politics. An election dispatch from ancient Athens

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Force Fields. Behind the fog of maths. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

This conversation is also available as a podcast via by my podcast Talks and Thoughts. Einstein remarked that there was physics before Maxwell and physics after Maxwell, the difference being the introduction of field theory. So what difference did fields make and, more to the point, what are they? In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon… Continue reading Force Fields. Behind the fog of maths. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

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Matter is frozen light. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake & Mark Vernon

An audio version of this talk is at my podcast, Talks and Thoughts, available via podcast feeds. The everyday stuff called matter turns out to be both more fascinating and stranger than we usually assume. In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon ask just matter is, beginning with contemporary ideas… Continue reading Matter is frozen light. A conversation with Rupert Sheldrake & Mark Vernon

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