Live the dream

earthfrommoonIf you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.

Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading

Music for Easter

As Good Friday approaches, the music I love to listen to most is Bach’s St John Passion. That’s not because I’m religious, but because I love this music and it was written for Easter. Although it’s in German and I don’t understand a word, I can hear the passion in the music and in the human voices that sing the words.

Religious and devotional music and art tap into a deep part of the human psyche. It moves me. Continue reading

Rules for truthseekers

seektruth1. Don’t trust other people.
2. Don’t trust yourself.
3. Don’t trust God.
4. Don’t trust these rules.

Did you notice how rules 2, 3 and 4 all follow from rule 1? Neat, huh? Especially if you enjoy a good paradox.

I am an author!

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_My first novel, The Yoga Sutras (written under the pen-name Jackson Radcliffe) is now published and available in Kindle format at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other international flavours of Amazon. Continue reading

The Book of Dawkins

dawkinsIn the beginning was the word and the word was Dawkins. Dawkins said let there be a book that explains evolutionary biology to the layperson. The book was called The Selfish Gene and Dawkins looked on it and saw that it was good. Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover – the sequel

existentialcrisisThis is me having an existential crisis.

A few days ago I put my carefully designed book cover on public display on this blog and it was ripped to pieces. Well, I did ask for frank feedback and I got it. Thanks to Aamil in particular for kicking the crap out of every single design element – fonts, capitalisation, text, everything.

This was a very valuable experience, because I realised that I had been thinking wrongly about how to market my book. It’s not a serious book (although it covers some very deep and meaningful topics) but a comedy. And the cover needs to show that it’s a farce. So I studied book covers in Amazon’s humor category and I have designed a new cover:

theyogasutrasMore comments please!

 

You can / you can’t

oxforduniversityI was educated at a comprehensive school (state-funded school) in a small seaside town in Wales. Then I went to Oxford University. This is how I got there. Continue reading