Frustration with one’s appearance is an embarrassing –
but, in truth, highly serious and valid – pain. Mature,
reasonable people are not supposed to go around regretting
their nose or hair. Yet you gaze in the bathroom mirror and
think: why – in my...
Traditionally, philosophy has been nervous around the idea
of communication. Reaching out has not been high on the
agenda. Academic philosophers have frequently erected
barriers to wider participation: abstruse vocabulary and
hypercomplex arguments have seemed to guarantee intelligence
– all of which is a great...
The School of Life is proud to announce its latest venture,
a new media outlet we've called The Philosophers' Mail:
www.thephilosophersmail.com. This daily online news source
is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as
interpreted by a team of our in-house philosophers...
We’re used to treating information as ‘free’,* but the
price we pay for the illusion of ‘free’ is only workable
so long as most of the overall economy isn’t about
information. Today, we can still think of information as the
intangible enabler of communications,...
Consider the following situation: a patient in a hospital
ward posts ‘Dead’ in her/his online microblog status
update. She/he is in the final stages of a terminal illness.
She/he, or a relative/friend, posted this message using a
smart phone device from her/his hospital bed....
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and
artist of international renown whose collaborators include
Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an
illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the
pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us.
The joy of sound...
People generally don’t think of the paper on which the
daily news is printed, or the printing press that puts it
there, as anything but neutral. They identify the publishers
as the ideologues and the medium as a conduit.
You'd think the same, broadly...
You’re watching a heist scene. Rather than the sound,
you’re focussing on the masked protagonists as they move
from vault to getaway car, gold bullion in hand. But it’s
the soundtrack – nothing but a ticking watch – that
brings you to the edge...
Although one might dispute that societies have always
progressed, they have certainly always changed. The Digital
Age brings changes to our society on a daily basis. The
speed and extent of this change seem to divide commentators
into two camps. There are those that...
On a recent visit to the college I attended as an
undergraduate, I bumped into a senior porter who had worked
there most of his life. We were enjoying a friendly chat,
just as we used to, when he surprised me by remarking...
Billed as a tour of the secret studios and experimental
spaces of East London, it seemed incongruous that A Trip to
The Future began at The Shepherdess, a greasy spoon just off
Old Street. I ordered very stewed tea from the puzzled