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Thought Experiments in Ethics

Fed up with diverting trolleys, pushing fat men off bridges or killing one hostage to save twenty? Not sure whether you are prepared to be medically hooked up to a famous violinist for nine months, or whether that pig really does want to be eaten? 88 more words


Giving Atheism a Bad Name

The New Atheism’s vigorous and uncompromising assertion of the rationality of its own beliefs and the irrationality of everyone else’s has caused many within the wider atheist community to cringe with embarrassment. 62 more words


To eat or not to eat...

First published Feb 2015

Like many of us, my relationship with food has fluctuated over my lifetime. After a struggle with breastfeeding I was, so I am reliably informed, fed with carnation milk. 554 more words


Meaning of Life: What's the point of it all?

Saying “What’s the meaning of life” is like asking, “What’s the meaning of cheese?” or “What grass is all about?” Is there really a serious answer to these, I often wonder. 

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Soho's Inspiration

How to Change a Mind (Including Your Own)

I was confronted by the following meme about a dozen times last week in my various social media feeds. I think it’s fascinating. It is perfectly suited for internet virality: relevant to the cultural moment, appealing to a broad audience, and justifying of all pre-existing beliefs without challenging them in any way. 1,174 more words

Your Self Is Not Permanent

We all believe in what we call our ‘real self’, the one that stays with us notwithstanding changes we experience throughout life. We find comfort in the idea that our true self is a permanent thing and is always there for us to offer stability in life’s unstable and chaotic order of things. 452 more words

Ideas Worth Spreading

Is there a real you?

Is there a real you?

Wise people fashion themselves

This might seem to you like a very odd question. Because, you might ask, how do we find the real you, how do you know what the real you is? 2,163 more words