Viewing entries posted in November 2012
The philosopher Daniel Dennett says that one of the
occupational hazards of being a philosopher is that you get
asked difficult questions at parties. Being solicited over
drinks for free consultancy is, of course, commonplace. If
you’re a doctor you’ll be asked to pass...
It’s a sad truth that few of us, nowadays, write letters.
Indeed, it’s tempting to think of handwritten letters as
having been superseded by email in the same way that vinyl
records were supplanted by CDs. The problem with this tidy
progress narrative is...
All successful optimists, unsurprisingly, have an unashamed
optimism of ambition about our future. To clarify, this is
not simple wishful thinking that things will work out
alright in the end, it’s optimism specifically tied to a
goal – and a conviction that that goal...
With the drizzle of November and the dark evenings
descending so early, I am feeling a strong need to either
fly to Tobago or make some serious changes in my life. What
they should be, I’m not sure. Join the next Iron...
A good friend – a no-nonsense university scientist who’s
convinced that every self-help book, workshop or website in
existence is weak-minded poppycock – recently took up
skydiving. But perhaps we don’t know each other as well as
I thought, because he apparently believed I...
It’s easy to accept the standard story of the future: that
it’s all going to be rubbish, that vested interests will
always win out and the best you can do is get your head
down, try and beat the prevailing trend and do...
The School of Life will launch in Collingwood, Melbourne on
Friday 25 January 2013 and, in doing so, will become the
first international School to open its doors.
Dedicated to distilling the best ideas from the ages to
enrich everyday life, The School of...
Since the birth of the industrial age, a roaring crescendo
of motors, traffic, aeroplanes and air conditioning has been
rising around us. As the din of modern life has grown,
we’ve pushed it more and more out of our conscious
awareness. But, even though...