Sorry I haven’t been posting much – I’m on holiday, reading a lot and taking it easy. I’ve been reading a fascinating history of adult education in the US, which has given me much to think on. One of the things I found out was that the human potential movement – ie Esalen, erhard seminars Read more…

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My name’s Jules, and I’m not an alcoholic. But I did meet a friend of mine last night who is a recovering alcoholic, and talking to him about Alcoholics Anonymous made me think about this fascinating movement, and the key role its played in the history of self-help and mental health over the last 75 Read more…

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Psst! Want to hear…The Secret? Once you know it, you’ll become instantly successful, rich and powerful. So you want to know it? OK, first pay me $10, then I’ll tell you. Thanks. Alright, so what’s The Secret? It’s simple…Just tell everyone you know The Secret, and then charge them for it. That’s what Rhonda Byrne Read more…

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There are two main views of nature which one finds in philosophy, culture, and science fiction. In one view, nature is a benevolent, nurturing mother. In the other she is a vicious and destructive bitch. You see both views play out in science fiction, in how we imagine beings from other planets. One view of Read more…

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Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the hugely-successful New Age franchise, Conversations with God, has been busted for plagiarism. He wrote a post on his blog on www.beliefnet.com (the New Age spirituality site owned by Rupert Murdoch) in which he recounted an anecdote where he attended a christmas play at a girls’ school and the Read more…

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