Philosophy

‘You Will Not Surely Die’ | Art, Consciousness and Immortality

The above picture was going around Facebook the other day, posted I think as a kind of spiritual pick-me-up, an encouragement to live life to the full and get out there and create wonderful things. The problem is, it’s absolute bullsh*t of a rather pernicious and ancient sort. Your body will die, but you cannot

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On Being Let Down: iPhone 6 and the Politics of Disappointment

So here we are. It is, as Stephen Fry put it, ‘most exquisite mobile ever made.’ It is thinner, faster, bigger, more clever and lasts longer. Except, if you keep it in your pocket it bends. Except, in a year or so it’ll seem slow, heavy, stupid, with a weak heart. Better to accept it:

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e-Edition of The Complex Christ / Signs of Emergence

Happy to announce that there is now a Kindle version of my first book The Complex Christ – released in the US as Signs of Emergence. An iBookstore / ePub format version will be available soon too. It’s nearly 10 years since the book was released, and I’ve moved a long way since that time,

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I don’t Believe in Ghosts, I Believe in Ghosts

I’ve been really enjoying The Returned – a French thriller currently airing in the UK on Sunday evenings. (Watch the latest episode here.) It concerns the (apparent) return of some young people to a small town in the Alps, some 10 years after they had died. Giving lie to the easy words ‘I wish they

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‘Dervish At The Door’ | Fertilising Debate

Dervish At The Door A dervish knocked at a house to ask for a piece of dry bread, or moist, it didn’t matter. “This is not a bakery,” said the owner. “Might you have a bit of gristle then?” “Does this look like a butchershop?” “A little flour?” “Do you hear a grinding stone?” “Some

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Paying Attention, Not Glazing Over: The Power of Genuine Human Presence

In response to a piece extolling the possible virtues of new technology for precipitating an educational revolution, I wrote a piece on HuffPost Tech reflecting on my own practice as a teacher, and how I feel technology should function in the classroom. It’s the kind of conversation (one of so so many) I wish I

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Iron Man 3 | After Magic | Mechanics and Craftsmen

Having been urged by lots of After Magic readers to go and see Iron Man 3, I saw it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The series has always had more biting wit that similar franchises, and has done well combining that with some thoughtful content too. I don’t want to talk much about the

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Terrorism, Radicalised Youth and a ‘God of Death Theology’

Tad Delay has written a great couple of punchy paragraphs thinking about Boston, radicalised youth and the problem of religion within empires. What town in America goes a single year without producing young men who – amidst the college-aged angst of life directions, relationships, or career fears – turn to religious fundamentalism and/or militant violence?

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