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Closer to Truth


I am recording some TV stuff for the Closer to Truth programme tomorrow, on consciousness, God and other stuff. Should be fun. I like Robert Kuhn and his show...

After that I am away in Switzerland hopefully climbing the Finsteraarhorn with some friends. Though this makes it look more exposed than I expected...

Comments

Jealous [even though I just returned from driving the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands - put that on your bucket list]
Stephen Law said…
Cabot trail looks beautiful.
Peter Byrom said…
Have a great time! :-)
Anonymous said…
Sorry for this slightly off- topic, but I suppose newer posts have more of your attention than older, so here goes:
Ophelia Benson just posted a link that methinks is highly relevant to the "religion as intellectual black hole" -reflections.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=following-the-crowd

..And hope you have a nice trip.

I am soon to enter my annual role as predator in the Norwegian woods and mountains myself. (Grouse, black grouse and capercaillie).
Not the same staggering heights as the alps, but during an 8 hr day I cover quite a number of height meters.

Cassanders
In Cod we trust
Stephen Law said…
Thanks to you all... and for the link Cassanders.

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