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Other People's Gods - Terminus
2018-11-07 08:33
Terminus, the Roman god of milestones, must have seemed a fairly useful god. He was the god of boundary markers, and he appears as a human head and bust on top of a column of stone: a deity… Read More
Other People's Gods - Thor
2018-08-26 12:39
When the Vikings crossed the northern seas to England, they took their gods with them. Thor, the warrior god of thunder, slayer of giants, would have been an inspiration to the Viking warrio… Read More
A Sketch Of Leonardo
2018-06-05 08:17
Leonardo da Vinci was a major player in the evolution of human understanding. Few men incarnated such a strong, early connection between art and science as he did, and yet Leonardo painted r… Read More
2018-05-07 05:37
As an idea, revolution is an inflammatory concept. It sets in motion violent change, irrespective of the outcome. Most famous of all revolutions was the French Revolution of 1789. It was not… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - Race
2018-03-23 08:06
The idea of race is dangerous. It has become taboo to talk about people belonging to a particular race because it opens the door to racism, one of the greatest insults of the 21st century. B… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - Prophecy
2018-01-20 07:51
The word prophecy goes back a long way. It has its roots in the astronomy and astrology of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilisation. Almost as soon as we learned how to write, we lear… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - Halloween
2017-10-22 10:05
In England, Ireland, Scotland and America we celebrate Halloween on October 31st with little understanding of the origins of the festival. Halloween is part of our culture, so we celebrate i… Read More
2017-10-08 06:58
The history of the idea of time is the history of progress. The clock changed the world as the wheel changed the world, except that with a clock you can’t travel backwards; time goes o… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - War
2017-09-29 10:48
The motivation for almost all warfare throughout history has mainly been either economic gain or territorial gain. There have been wars fought over religion, but even these have been fuelled… Read More

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