The sun rose over central Africa as my plane touched down on
a dusty runway. I jolted awake with a start, but then smiled
as I looked out the window: I’d made it! I was in Rwanda
… or was it Burundi? And...
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...
All subjects have their specialised vocabularies; a set of
words that initially sound unusual, even a touch
frightening, but that can also prove oddly beautiful and
To their enemies, key words are mere jargon, but jargon has
its advantages: it allows us swiftly to...
One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for
us is teach us how to suffer. It can do so by evoking scenes
that are dark, melancholy or painful, and that normalise and
lend dignity to the suffering we may ourselves...
When mindfulness is taught in the workplace, it’s often
emphasized how meditation cultivates attention, helping us
cope with demands in a busy job. Or we hear about
mindfulness as stress reduction - if we can learn to manage
our thoughts and emotions, we will...
You haven’t come to Rhodes to explore the medieval old
town or the ancient temple of Apollo. You’ve not been
drawn by a longing to try the local delicacy of chickpea
fritters and unsalted ewe’s milk cheese. Your more
sophisticated acquaintances would think it...
On the first day, it was difficult. You went into the corner
shop just off the main Motomachi shopping street to buy a
prepaid mobile card. You pointed at your phone, you
pretended to make a call. It was useless. Mr Nishimura
You are - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere - and,
unexpectedly, it’s helping. A lot.
How frantic we otherwise normally are. We live competitive
crazed lives: we compare ourselves constantly to those who
have more, are smarter, seem more organised, look
Nowadays we're used to thinking of travel as the 'fun' bit
of life, but enjoyment isn't a reason why it shouldn't also
do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level,
travel can assist us with our psychological education. It
The field is not without other distinguished contestants,
but in the competitive history of incomprehensible German
philosophers, Martin Heidegger must by any reckoning emerge
as the overall victor. Nothing quite rivals the prose of his
masterpiece Being and Time (1927) in terms of contortions
This autumn we're harnessing that ‘back to school’
feeling, with GOOD JOB!, a week of work-related special
events. From managing work stress with yoga to learning how
to talk like a leader, the week is designed to help you be
happier, healthier and more...