Beyond East & West

Beyond East & West

The issue of East and West has always interested me. As both Canadian and Lebanese, I was born into it: it’s the story of my family, and then became my lifelong work as a diplomat and mediator. I was born in Lebanon, a country that, in the 1960s, was a lively...
Denise Winn: an Interview

Denise Winn: an Interview

Nearly 35 years after The Manipulated Mind was published by Octagon Press, its author Denise Winn answers some questions we put to her: Which psychological experiments are most interesting to you? Is their impact still relevant? I think all the big, classic psychology...
Interview with economist and author Tim Harford

Interview with economist and author Tim Harford

About Tim Harford Tim Harford ‘the undercover economist’ is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and is a multi-award winning journalist. He is presenter of Radio 4’s ‘More or Less’, a senior Financial Times Columnist and the author of several highly acclaimed...
On Real Maple Syrup…

On Real Maple Syrup…

  … and My Interest in the Sufi Writing of Idries Shah Someone asked me about how I became interested in the Sufi writing of Idries Shah, back in the 1970s.  Here’s what I wrote: I don’t have a comprehensive, or even coherent, narrative about my interest in...
Attention-theory and Idries Shah

Attention-theory and Idries Shah

In his groundbreaking BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes[1], Idries Shah says, “An excitable person – give him a lot of attention and his views will become less pronounced… He may become a much calmer, a more interesting person. He may learn to give you attention,...