I have a friend called Rob, who suffers from what is today called paranoid schizophrenia. He was diagnosed when he was 17 or so, after a psychotic breakdown on LSD. He and I had first taken LSD together when we were 15, and it messed us both up – I had social anxiety and post-traumatic Read more…

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Do you know any good poo and wee stories?┬áThis is the question that confronts me as I arrive at Windsor Hill Wood, an open-door community run by the writer Tobias Jones and his wife Francesca, in Somerset. They live there with their three children – Benedetta is eight, Grace is five, and Leo is three Read more…

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I saw a fascinating discussion on agnosticism between theologian Karen Armstrong and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger this evening, held in the wonderfully atmospheric crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral (check out my low-fi photo). It was one of those great London evenings – brilliant minds, in an amazing location…and free! Armstrong gave a fluent and erudite Read more…

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Look at this beautiful clip of Martha Nussbaum being interviewed – surely one of the weirder and more wonderful bits of TV philosophy. She’s talking about the difference between the Aristotelian and the Stoic conceptions of eudaimonia (or a good life): the Stoics claim that the good man can maintain his virtue and happiness in Read more…

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I was lucky enough to get to interview Jean Vanier this week, thanks to a friend of mine, Ciaran Foulds, who works as a volunteer at one of the Arche communities which Jean founded. L’Arche, or ‘the Ark’, began in the 1960s, when Jean and a friend moved into a small house in north France, Read more…

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