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Tom Cheetham's weekly conversations about our world and the imagination it takes to live well in it. We wander in poetry and the arts, philosophy, science, psychology and religion, and elsewhere. "The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us" and no matter our age, we can regain the "beginner's mind" we had as children.

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Jan 30, 2017

Why we need the notion of Angels to keep us from idolatry and egotism - why God is such a dangerous idea, but necessary nonetheless.


Jan 29, 2017

Henry Corbin’s work was devoted to illustrating deep connections between the mystical traditions within Christianity and Islam and Judaism. He thought of this as similar to the attempts of early Christians to reconcile the stories in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The traditional name for the...


Jan 28, 2017

A meditation on ignorance and humility and what they are good for: a gift of freedom to live and imagine richly in the mystery at the heart of things. It may seem like an odd time in America to be arguing for the necessity of ignorance - in part 2 we'll explain why this is dangerously wrong.


Jan 26, 2017

A meditation on ignorance and humility and what they are in the end good for, which is a gift of freedom to live and imagine richly in the presence of the mystery at the heart of things.


Jan 22, 2017

The phrase "poetic basis of mind" comes from the psychologist James Hillman (1926 - 2011). We'll explore the psychology of creative imagination, some of the ways language both controls and liberates our thought, the difference between literal truth and metaphoric or provisional knowledge, and why this matters in our...