A Dangerous Idea: Thinking ideas are ‘dangerous’*

Really, when you take a step back for a moment, it sounds pretty ridiculous: leaving home at age 18, moving to the other side of the world, and committing yourself to three years of the complete unknown. No friends, no acquaintances, no clue what’s going to come. But that’s exactly …

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A Dangerous Idea: Ravioli*

I personally think that all ideas are a little dangerous, the very essence of an ‘idea’ suggests something new and challenging. Characters in cartoons often have the little light bulb, which floats above their head when they think of something. I really like the image that ideas are these little …

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A Dangerous Idea: The Future for Ignorance?*

When I was fifteen years old I knew where I stood with science. I understood the process of photosynthesis, the oxygen-binding properties of haemoglobin and the camouflage of the peppered-moth; such things were clear-cut and knowable to me. These were the facts and I took comfort in their inflexibility. It …

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A Dangerous Idea: Meditation*

Is it a dangerous idea to begin meditating? Is it really dangerous to attempt to find serenity in a quiet place with a relaxed posture and an empty mind? In fact is there anything less benign than sitting on a cushion in a safe place on a pleasant afternoon? Usually …

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A Dangerous Idea: The definition of self-fulfilment*

In 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte crossed the river Neman and began his invasion of the Russian empire. After six months, around 95% of his Grande Armée was dead or captured, which marked the beginning of the end of Napoleon’s empire. At the same time and perhaps more interestingly, it also marked …

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