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The Meaning of Soul

Pixar’s film wittily subverts the wisdom of our age Pixar’s great film, Inside Out, was a touching tale about inner conflicts. Coco took as its theme the destructive presence of the unresolved past. Now, Soul combines a near death experience

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How To Read The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The new book sits uneasily alongside the bestseller that made her name The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne is released, and immediately looks like as much of a publishing success as its predecessor, The Secret. The 2006 book has sold

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The Meaning of Christmas by Owen Barfield

Owen Barfield agreed with the other Inklings, like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, that the life of Jesus marked a pivot point in history. But he had a particularly powerful way of capturing the truth… Reading from History in English

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Artificial Intelligence – conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

Artificial intelligence is rarely out of the news. But what is it? In this episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon take a lead from the breakthrough by Google in the prediction of protein folding, which Rupert

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Beyond Flatland – the talks and a report

Beyond Flatland, A Day on Transformative Ways of Knowing, was on Saturday 28th November 2020. Full details of the idea for the day, the programme and recordings of the talks are online. This is a report of the day written

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The genius of Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

I hugely enjoyed the new novel by Susanna Clarke, prompted to read it in part because I knew of her interest in Owen Barfield. It did not disappoint and I wanted to share why by talking about it in relation

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A conversation on the New Abnormal Podcast

Why hope rests on perceptions, community on being yourself, and resilience on questioning. Good talking with @SeanPdeC at The New Abnormal podcast.

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The tricky parable of the talents

The story of the master giving 5, 2 and 1 talent to slaves trips up those who see the parables as moral or justice tales. But there is another way of understanding them, asking us whether we have the eyes

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Dante’s Divine Comedy. The boxset

I’ve just completed the last of 100 YouTubes/podcasts, one for each of the 100 cantos of Dante’s masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. The complete YouTubes series is here. The complete podcast series is here, and on other podcast platforms including Spotify

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Love in a time of crisis

Our times are shaped by infantile forms of love, and even those who talk of love rarely seem to have more nuanced perceptions of it. But understanding love as linked to loss, and as a developmental path, can help us

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