Yesterday I went to an excellent conference on revelatory experiences at the Institute of Psychiatry, which brought together neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, historians, theologians and members of the public (many of whom had revelatory experiences – turns out they’re pretty common!) The conference tried to approach and talk about revelatory experiences from two main directions: history Read more…

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It would feel a bit strange to write about anything other than the European crisis at the moment – although you’re probably sick of it. One point I would hesitantly make, however, is that this isn’t just an economic and political crisis. It’s also, perhaps most fundamentally, an identity crisis. European countries are stuck between Read more…

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Can we create a rational, evidence-based spirituality? Many interesting thinkers, from Richard Layard to Sam Harris, are working on just this project. As Layard said at the RSA this week: “What I think I’m arguing for is a new secular spiritual culture…a new moral culture based on reason, using the new science of happiness.” Of Read more…

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So I bought a Kindle yesterday. Yes, boys with toys, another new gadget, I couldn’t resist. I love it. All those new books at a touch of a button. The first book I bought, which you can only get as an e-book, was what the FT called ‘the most talked-about non-fiction book of the year’ Read more…

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The New Yorker has a long, long, LONG (25,000 words! More than 900 fact checks!) piece on Scientology, including an interview with Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning script-writer of films like Crash, Million-Dollar Baby and Quantum of Solace. Haggis (pictured right) has recently left the church. He says: “I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Read more…

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