I’ve spent a pleasant couple of days reading Carl Jung, looking particularly at his ideas on the shadow and how symbols can act as mediators between the unconscious and conscious. The reading is in preparation for a Radio 4 thing I’m doing tomorrow, part of its History of Ideas series. The theme for the next Read more…

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I was watching Rev the other day. It’s a sitcom about a beleaguered inner-city priest, played by Tom Hollander. This series, Rev has been facing all kinds of trials. In the Easter episode, things get really bad. Adam’s reputation is rock-bottom, his church is facing closure, and he finds himself on a hill overlooking London, Read more…

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DH Lawrence was my favourite author when I was an adolescent, ever since my grandmother gave me my grandfather’s editions of his complete works. I loved the way Lawrence described ordinary Midlands life with an Old Testament reverence, the depth of inner life he accorded to Ursula in The Rainbow, how he followed her soul Read more…

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I’ve been reading James Hillman’s book, The Soul’s Code. I’ve been eager to read some of Hillman’s work, because he’s the only contemporary psychologist, as far as I can tell, who puts forward a daemonic theory of the personality – that’s to say, he seems to believe that we each have a daemon who directs Read more…

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I’ve written before about how fascinating and bewildering I find modern astro-physics, with its Pullman-esque talk of multiple dimensions and even multiple universes. I admire the incredible ambition, and optimism, of modern physicists, with their eager search for a ‘theory of everything’, which will combine quantum mechanics with quantum physics, and will finally explain the Read more…

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