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One of my favourite works of anthropology is a study of infancy among the Beng of Cote d’Ivoire. For people in this West African community, children are understood to come from the Afterlife. In their way of thinking, people’s spirits … Continue reading

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Four ways to change the world, from university

Last week a conference at University College London made me reconsider what universities are, and what they might be. These thoughts seem so vital right now that I’m interrupting the narrative of my trip to Congo to share them. The … Continue reading

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Why we’re blind to climate change

For most people in the developed world both the causes and the effects of climate change are essentially invisible. Hunkered in a mountain cabin in the 1960s, listening to the rain drumming on the roof, Thomas Merton reflected on the … Continue reading

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