Here’s an interview I did with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on the moon, about how the experience of space travel has transformed him and many other astronauts. It’s for a chapter of my (hopefully) forthcoming book, which looks at how the ancients used astronomy or star-gazing as a spiritual exercise for self-transformation. Read more…

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Here’s an excerpt from a talk I did in November at the London Philosophy Club, on philosophy as self-help / therapy. In this bit, I talk about how philosophy in the ancient world was like a ‘first-aid kit’, made up of different therapeutic techniques you could use to cope with various emotions and situations. Dunno Read more…

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This is a video of a talk I gave at a mad but wonderful event last night, run by a friend of mine, called the Oliphant Street 6X9 talks – where six speakers talk for nine minutes on various things (I went slightly over my allotted nine minutes…) Last night we had talks on Cardinal 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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Donald Robertson, a British therapist who is head of the UK College of CBT, has a new book out called The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which looks at the roots of CBT in ancient Greek philosophy. Donald, like me, is fascinated by the role ancient Greco-Roman philosophy, particularly Stoicism, has played in inspiring the Read more…

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