Viewing entries posted in January 2013
I suspect that something has become skewed in the way we
think about love. You feel it keenly on Valentine's Day. It
is not the sentimentality, though it can be sugar-sweet. It
is not the commercialization, though it is annoying when
roses double in...
I am often asked to denounce religion. At about a third of
the public talks I give, someone will suggest that the root
cause of most of our problems is irrational religious belief
– and will invite me to agree with them. My...
When meeting new people I often get asked what I do.
‘Philosophy?’, people sometimes say in
response, ‘it sounds very interesting but what do you do
with it?’. In some circles, philosophy is seen
as impractical, abstract, even useless. I think that the
Since The School of Life launched in London back in 2008,
we’ve had strong support from Australia, and we continue
to be amazed by the number of Australians who engage with
our community online and visit us when in the UK on their
According to a well-publicised but distinctly
pseudo-scientific equation the third Monday of January is
“the most depressing day of the year”. Certainly January
is not the cheeriest month, but compared to a mild dose of
the post-Christmas blues depression is complex, extremely
common and all...
The expression ‘office politics’ has got a bad name. We
think of them as something undesirable, unwholesome, toxic.
In my book they are far from bad, just an inevitable part of
professional life. They must be embraced with as much
humour, self-conscious deliberation and...
I once had the lucky opportunity to observe two rival firms
trying to do the same thing; namely working out how to
integrate a particular enhancement made possible by new
technology into their (competing) products.
Both companies set up engineering teams. Both failed.
Havi Carel had everything going for her. At 35, she had
recently met the love of her life, she’d just brought out
her first book, and she was about to start her dream job,
teaching philosophy at the University of West England, in
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...
Many people are convinced they are someone else. In fact all
of us at some point or another have told ourselves that
we’re not really the miserable, grumpy, cynical,
obstructive or unreasonable person we appear to be it’s
just that, right now, there are...