Jules Evans

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Steven Pinker and the Decline of Humanism

(2) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (12:52)

Scientists, here's a top tip. If you want to write a piece to win over people in the humanities, don't give your essay the sub-title: 'An impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians'. It makes us feel like losers. That's what cognitive linguist and all-round charmer Steven...

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Are We Slaves to Our Online Selves?

(3) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (11:25)

The public rage over revelations that governments snoop on our online activity comes partly from a sense that our online selves are not entirely in our control. The more networked we are, the more our selves are 'out there', online, made public and transparent to a million eyes.

On the...

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Should Universities Teach Wellbeing?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 March 2013 | (10:27)

Last week, I traveled to Durham to visit my godmother, who has just been made principal of one of the colleges of Durham University. She invited me to high table at one of their formal black-tie dinners, and then asked me to give a little after-dinner speech. It was somewhat...

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How Arts and Humanities Can Influence Public Policy

(0) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (09:46)

I've just been at a three-day seminar at the Institute for Government, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to help academics learn how to influence public policy. The seminar brought together 15 academics in disciplines ranging from literary criticism to design and urban planning.The IFG arranged...

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Top Ten Tips for Recovering From a Mental Illness

(25) Comments | Posted 23 November 2012 | (23:00)

Here are my top ten tips for recovering from mental illness. Tell me any really good tips I've missed out in the comments. They're not commandments, just what worked for me - feel free to disagree.

1) Know your enemy

If you have a particular condition or group of conditions,...

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Self-Help Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

(11) Comments | Posted 16 October 2012 | (00:00)

I was at a drinks party of a history conference this week, talking to a young academic who was writing a PhD. "And what are you working on?'" she asked me. I said I was researching the role of support groups and self-help networks in education and health.

"Oh", she...

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Building Bridges Between Athens and Jerusalem

(2) Comments | Posted 24 July 2012 | (17:41)

It's heartening for a young writer when the Chief Rabbi of your country writes a column responding to your book, and says some kind things about it - so thanks are in order to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks for using my book as a springboard for his discussion...

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Want to Start a Philosophy Group? Here's How

(6) Comments | Posted 14 July 2012 | (00:00)

I'm one of the organisers of the London Philosophy Club. We're one of hundreds of self-organised ideas and discussion groups that have mushroomed all over the world in the last 10 years. Today, you can find (deep breath) Socrates Cafes, Cafe Philosophiques,

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Coping With the Mental Health Crisis on Our Campuses

(3) Comments | Posted 27 April 2012 | (00:00)

Undergraduates across the country are now preparing for one of the most intense moments of their young lives: finals. I remember scenes of chaos from my own finals exams just over a decade ago: one friend staggering around the campus with three years of notes in a black bin-liner, another...

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