Thomas More

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Graham, by Patricia Piccinini (Australia): what would a human, “perfectly” enhanced to survive a car crash look like?

Watching TV a while ago, my brother remarked how none of the adverts would make him buy anything. My brother is a problem for advertisers: he is one o(...)

Writer and thinker Alan Jacobs: one of his maxims is “wait five minutes”.

Alan Jacobs’s witty, clever little book, How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, was a welcome Christmas present. It contains provocative (...)

Des Hanafin: “His strong views were coupled with a tolerant and non-judgmental approach to individuals.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

In John Hanafin’s eulogy for his father, the former senator Des Hanafin, he mentioned that he had died on St Thomas More’s feast day, his father’s gre(...)

In Stratford-Upon-Avon people are unsure how they will vote. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

In the garden of the house in which Shakespeare was born, a costumed actor recites a speech from Henry V. “Some people asked for Henry V ‘with the big(...)

George Berkeley: attempted to set up a college in Bermuda that would develop into a perfect Christian city

Every generation flirts with utopian ideals. A hundred years ago, we had Patrick Pearse’s nationalistic vision of a self-sustaining Ireland born of b(...)

Illustration from Alison Hackett’s “The Visual Time Traveller: 500 years of history, art and science in 100 unique designs”

It takes a certain amount of courage for a movement called “21st Century Renaissance” to mount an exhibition of art and ideas in Dublin at a time when(...)

Patrick Freyne at the Wellington Testimonial in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ah, Dublin: coddle; Old Mr Brennan; Molly Malone; Bang Bang; field marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. We don’t tend to think of (...)

Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC drama series ‘Wolf Hall’. Photograph: Giles Keyte

Hilary Mantel, the Catholic-educated, Booker Prize-winning author, has created her own Reformation by changing popular perception about Thomas Cromwel(...)

The best dystopian novels are really about the societies in which they are written and not exercises in futurology

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites. It inspired the title of Ray Bradbury’s novel about a future in which firemen (...)

Martin Ward at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

MONDAY There are not many Travellers in college. It’s been a long road to get here. I’m studying sociology and po(...)