Philosophy

Lesbian Witch Devil Spawn Faggots! And Other Demons…

Been following with interest the US Supreme Court deliberations on the right to gay marriage – a debate that has been going on in various other parts of the world too. What’s interesting is the vociferous nature of the opposition from religious groups on the right. I mean, they really hate this. Which is odd…

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Reclaiming Good Friday | ‘Day of the Dead’

A few weeks ago I was loitering in art bookshop on Charing Cross Road waiting for a film in Leicester Square, and came across this book of postcards, all with images celebrating the Mexican Día de Muertos. The pictures are gloriously macabre, and yet somehow comic too. The original festival is pre-Columbian in origin, but now

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After Magic – Preview 2 – Tell All The Truth, But Tell It Slant

Very excited that After Magic will be available in the next few days now. It’s a compact read at around 25,000 words, but covers a lot of ground within that. As I’ve increasingly found with the books I’ve written, the source material that’s given rise to After Magic isn’t really the kind of stuff you’d

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After Magic – Preview

After Magic will be available in the next couple of weeks. It’s a book I’m genuinely excited about sharing, containing as it does what I think is the most clear expression of my thinking. So what is the book about? Firstly, through a number of plays, books and films it explores the archetype of the

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New Book Announcement: Beyond Super-Nature

Very excited to announce / reveal / admit that I’m most of the way through a new (short) book, which I’m hoping to have available by early April. The book begins with Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and uses Prospero’s renunciation of magic as a way of opening up an archetype of the move ‘beyond super-nature’

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Better Living Through Chemistry? Love, Depression and Pharmacology

Last night I went to see The Effect at the National Theatre, a new play by Lucy Prebble, who made waves with her previous piece ENRON. (It ‘stars’ Billie Piper, who I’d not seen on stage before but – just as an aside – her performance confirmed so much that I’d heard: she’s a very

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All In The Mind? Thoughts on Identity and Neuroscience

Tweeted about this piece earlier today, but wanted to flag up and reflect further on Henry Marsh’s piece in Granta, detailing his neurosurgical work operating on a tumour in a pineal gland. The pineal gland is buried deep within the brain, and is thus only reached after a perilous journey through the physical matter that

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A Very Modern Decathlon: Who Would Win the ‘Whole Person’ Olympic Gold?

  One of the things I liked about Tom Wolfe’s novel I Am Charlotte Simmons is the journey that one of the main characters, Jojo, takes, from ‘dumb college jock’ to athletic student of philosophy. It’s an arc that’s not that uncommon: the pursuit of excellence in sport requires careful reflection on the self; top

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The Moon is the Beginning of all Religion…

‘I looked and looked but I didn’t see God.’ – Yuri Gagarin ‘That transcendentalism by which all men live has primarily much the position of the sun in the sky. We are conscious of it as of a kind of splendid confusion; it is something both shining and shapeless, at once a blaze and a

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