Viktor Frankl

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What is your average breakfast? Lorraine: I grab a banana and eat it in the car. But at the weekends I have pancakes, it’s a thing me and my daughter(...)

Shane Hanna: “The space for explicitly exploring values in schools is limited. What about those for whom school and the Leaving Cert don’t fit?” Photograph: Getty images

In our productivity-obsessed world, pausing and asking “What’s the point?” can seem heretical. Every year a new batch of school-leavers enters colleg(...)

Children in Auschwitz concentration camp just before liberatoin

I first read Viktor Frankl’s book The Meaning of Life about a year ago and I was very impressed. Frankl (1905-1997) was an Austrian professor of neuro(...)

Opiates are compounds found naturally in the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum.

Legions of Benedict Cumberbatch fans will be delighted with the news that filming has just got under way for the fourth Sherlock Holmes series. Featu(...)

‘Sometimes Plato is better than Prozac.’ Illustration: Thinkstock

In ancient Greece, philosophy was a practical skill allied to living the good life. It took the arrival of tenured academics to turn the discipline(...)

How would Merton have responded to radical Islam? Above, a protest against the attack on Charlie Hebdo

Prayer or contemplation can seem like a very weak response to today’s social ills. In the wake of the Islamist terrorist attack on France, there’s (...)

Paranoid about androids? Serious thinkers are warning about the rise of artificial intelligence. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

The idea of computers taking over the world has long been with us in science fiction. But now serious thinkers are saying it’s not a matter of if, (...)