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The Doomsday Clock

Our problem is that we are pretty good at dealing with our state-of-the-world anxieties, but bad at dealing with their root causes. Perhaps the growth of positive psychology has unintentionally exacerbated this by making us all more aware of what we can do to worry less, rather than what we can do to make the source of our worries go away. It is, after all, easier to conquer our fears than to vanquish the things we are afraid of.

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  • GIGANTIC: BIG IDEAS 2015 – LONDON, 12 FEBRUARY. A "showcase of the biggest, boldest and most relevant ideas we’ve had the pleasure of putting in front of a Salon audience" featuring Margaret Heffernan, Lucinda Hawksley, Natalie Haynes, David Speigelhalter, Tom Chatfield, Charles Fernyhough and yours truly. At Foyles, Charing Cross Road, form 7. Full details and booking here. #
  • NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY – 22 JANUARY. Artist Grayson Perry investigates themes of identity with writer Julian Baggini and social anthropologist Kate Fox. The discussion is chaired by Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. At 19:00. Full details here. #
  • BOOK SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS. The Virtues of the Table has been shortlisted for the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards as well as for the Transmission Prize. Winners will be announced in March and February respectively. #
  • NEWSNIGHT - BBC TWO. I had a two-minute monologue on Black Friday on Black Friday. You can view it at 26:06 here. #
  • HOT GOSSIP – BBC RADIO FOUR. I'm one of the voices in both episodes of this series, which you can listen to here. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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