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Postcards from the past: what's wrong with "ancient wisdom"?

Writing on “ancient wisdom” now comprises a genre of its own. Is this an uncritical attitude to the thinkers of the past?

By Michel Petheram
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Revisiting Victorian England

Sarah Perry's novel The Essex Serpent introduces us to the curious, the crankish, the sceptical, and the devout.

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Postcards from the past: what's wrong with "ancient wisdom"?

Writing on “ancient wisdom” now comprises a genre of its own. Is this an uncritical attitude to the thinkers of the past?

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Mind, Body & Life
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The cult of celebrity diets

Today’s celebrity food purists are as sanctimonious as the religious in their devotion to dietary codes.

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The dangerous stereotype of the self-hating homophobe

The assumption that homophobic attackers are themselves secretly gay lets straight society off the hook.

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Why is the Sun hot?

Our lives depend on the Sun - which stays warm due to mind-boggling inefficiency.

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How to give better

If you donate money to charity, should your decisions be a matter for the head or the heart?

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On the move: writing on the refugee crisis

Three new books attempt, in different ways, to restore humanity to the immigrant.

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Who gets to feel guilty, and why?

Acknowledging the injustices of the past is instrumental to addressing their legacies.

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