Is humour an effective way of communicating wisdom?
- September 20, 2016, 08:00
Ludwig Wittgenstein is reputed to have said that a good philosophical work could be written entirely of jokes but by praising humour he was in a mino(...)
Coping: Approaching 30 and alone in the dark with a mutinous brain
- March 2, 2016, 07:00
I have had bad bouts of insomnia in the past, but this one has involved more fretting than the rest. One night last week, deep into the long worry hou(...)
Students to explore ‘life’s big questions’ in new Philosophy course
- January 11, 2016, 16:35
Plans are advanced for a new course at secondary level that provides students with no definite answers and may lead to a “higher state of confusion”. (...)
Unthinkable: His poetry’s great but could WB Yeats think straight?
- November 15, 2015, 06:00
‘Rational” is not the first word that comes to mind when you think of WB Yeats. He was a devoted follower of the occult, magic and astrology, and a(...)
Unthinkable: Would you want to live in the afterlife?
- November 3, 2015, 06:00
What might life after death look like? Philosopher, novelist and former clinical neuroscientist Raymond Tallis has never been afraid of tackling se(...)
Are science and religion really in conflict? The Unthinkable debate
- October 9, 2015, 12:00
Unthinkable took to the road this month for a debate, “Are science and religion really in conflict?” Who won? Was there a knock-down argument t(...)
Unthinkable: Should children be encouraged to doubt?
- May 19, 2015, 09:00
Plans are afoot to create a short course in philosophy in the new junior cycle, but even this modest reform faces barriers. A crowded curriculum, o(...)