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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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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