Viewing entries posted in February 2013
We’re delighted to announce the continuation of our
international programme, as this April we travel to São
Paulo for the launch of TSOL Brazil, in the form of a
week-long intensive taking place in the cultural heart of
Running from the 5 –...
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,...
We are, as Aristotle noted, defined by words. Speech is a
uniquely human gift. Yet it is surprisingly hard to talk,
even with our intimates.
Take Mr. and Mrs. Hendy, from Monty Python’s wicked
Meaning of Life. We find the retired American couple at...
Why is creativity often linked to “madness” and why do
creative people cause so much frustration to everyone around
them? Why do they keep going to extremes? Why can’t they
just be like normal people?
Highly creative people have unique vulnerabilities and
sensitivities - ways...
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....
The legendary computer engineer Howard H. Aitken once
advised, “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas.
If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down
Successful optimists understand that the beginning of many
endeavours involves being told you’re mad, bad...
Increasingly we’re living and working by ourselves. How
should we prepare for the pleasures and pains of our greater
solitariness? The lone figures in the paintings by the 19th
Century Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi seem uncertain.
Does the solitary man or woman yearn for...
The Virtues Project comes as a response to the wave of
discussion and feedback that followed the publication of my
book, Religion for Atheists, and a growing sense that being
virtuous has become a strange and depressing notion, while
wickedness and evil bask in a...