Last week, I travelled to Zurich for a conference on hedge funds. I’d never been to a conference on hedge funds before, and only went this year because I’d read so many juicy stories about the spectacular collapse of the hedge fund market, that I wanted to go over and gloat at the humbled titans Read more…

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AA Long, 71-year-old professor of classics at Berkeley, is one of the most influential scholars in Hellenistic philosophy of modern times. He can claim a leading role in the revival of both academic and popular interest in Stoicism in the last 30 years. In a telephone interview, he discusses how the study of Stoicism has Read more…

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Gosh, there’s a lot of happiness blogs and websites out there. There’s the happiness blog, the pathway to happiness, the happiness factor, the seven keys to happiness, the happiness project, the happy guy, and even a TV show purely dedicated to happiness, called the happiness show. The Happiness Show was set up by someone called Read more…

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There’s an interesting interview with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao by Fareed Jakaria on the CNN website. Wen again talks about his love of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, and how it plays a crucial role in his political philosophy. This philosophy, as far as I can tell, is one of Stoic resilience in the face of catastrophe, Read more…

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I’ve been reading Conversations on Consciousness, by Susan Blackmore. An excellent book, in which Blackmore interviews the leading thinkers in the consciousness movement – philosophers, neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists. Reading it, you can’t help but think that Philip K. Dick is, as I’ve said before, the great prophetic voice of the issues of technology and identity Read more…

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