Why I Love Great Britain


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I Recently Was Invited To Cambridge University

in the Uk and spent two weeks partly there partly at Oxford and then partly at a variety of remarkable places in the Uk and then I came back to North America and I was asked by a newspaper to contribute an article that was in some manner related to my visit and so I wrote it and the newspaper wanted to edit it a lot and so I found another newspaper that would accept it the way. I wrote it and because I I wanted to say what I had to say about it and I’m going to read it to you because while that way you can listen to it and maybe you’ll find that useful it’s called it’s very unstylish let’s say why I love great Britain of all the twists and turns that my life has taken over the. Last few years, one of the most truly upsetting and surreal was learning that I had been parentally disinvited from one of the Uk‘s great universities in 2018 when I last traveled to the Uk. I met with several Cambridge professors and began to discuss the possibility of arranging a seminar there focusing on some key biblical texts. A formal offer of a visiting fellowship was proffered to me in February of 2019 facilitated by Dr Douglas headley, professor of the Philosophy of Religion at Clare College and arranged through the necessary actions on the part of Cambridge and the University of Toronto.

In The Fall Of 2016, I Had Rented

a 500-seat theater on a whim. You might say in Toronto Canada and delivered 15 90-minute public lectures every week. A different lecture entitled the psychological significance of the Biblical stories surprisingly all 15 lectures attracted a sold-out house. of the audience consisted of young men, a notoriously difficult audience to attract to such things. The initial lecture introduction to the Idea of God focused on the first two sentences of the book of Genesis.

Those Who Came To Watch And Listen

walked their way with me through the remainder of that great book. During the remaining 14. By the close of 2018 when initial arrangements were being made my fellowship, some four million people had watched the first lecture on Youtube with a multitude more listening on my podcast. The series has now been viewed or watched 40 million times. It has in addition attracted widespread positive response from Christian Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox believers alike even widespread positive critical response as well as large swaths of the Orthodox Jewish and Islamic faithful in a further unexpected twist.

The Lectures Have Also Proved Popular With Those

who regard. themselves as explicitly atheistic? I recount this only to explain why the initial invitation from Cambridge was proffered. It has proved increasingly difficult for those concerned about our traditional and religious heritage to propagate their message their ideas to the modern community and the success of my strange venture generated some great curiosity. After the success of the genesis venture, I had the ambition to continue my investigations and discussion with the book of Exodus. Knowing that I am an amateur in such matters being possessed of no training in formal theology.

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I Thought It Would Be Prudent To

test my knowledge and understanding in a setting that would challenge what I was assuming and potentially rectify my profound remaining ignorance. I therefore set out with my would-be Cambridge hosts to hear the opinions of those who had made the study of divinity their central calling before I presumed to. Upon my lecture series, it was a great honor for me and I say this most truly to be offered this opportunity as a psychologist and an academic interloper. My invitation raised some hackles behind the scenes. However, based on what I would call a willfully blind misinterpretation of my putative political views.

In Consequence, The Invitation Was Unceremoniously

rescinded on an excuse which I later learned had been manufactured after the fact. This happened conveniently as well as treacherously. When Dr Headley, my sponsor was absent conducting his affairs in India. I discovered that I had been canceled not as a formal notification, but accidentally on twitter to say the least this was a shock earlier this year. However, I received an invitation to return in the aftermath of my canceling and other two similar incidents.

An Intense Battle Had Been Waged

to make the sort of gratuitous forbidding. That had been applied to me impossible? A group of Cambridge Dawns arose to challenge and reword a set of revisions to the university policy on free speech that would have ironically, if that word is strong enough made future similar cancellations both easier and more likely. Then they attempted to find 25 people who would have fixed their names to a petition that forced a full anonymous and binding vote on the matter. This specific effort took months people were afraid to sign afraid that making their support for such a change public would expose them to sanctions similar in consequence to those that befell me afraid that they would be mobbed and cancelled, but enough people eventually did so and the matter was duly brought forward to Regent House Cambridge’s ultimate governing body and when the vote was called an unusually large proportion of those eligible to cast. Their ballots turned out to make their opinions known almost 9 out of 10 of the 1500 or so who voted did so in a manner that made such cancellations impossible in the future.

A Larger Margin Of Victory Than

any of the academics. I spoke with about such issues of governance could recall obviously, something was transpiring of far broader significance than the mere revoking of my individual fellowship offer and so to the first of many reasons why I love great Britain Cambridge like Oxford from which it is descended much as it dislikes to admit it has a highly decentralized college structure. Both great institutions are more a loose collection of autonomous colleges, each with their own history tradition, architecture, peculiarities of self–government and educational aims. This arrangement allows for maximal liberty and creativity and thought and action at the most vitally important level the local while. an optimal level of cross-college rivalry and cooperation furthermore, and most significantly this free and loose organizational structure makes bureaucratic capture of the entire institutions extremely difficult.

This In Turn Makes The Rectification

of mistakes which will inevitably be made possible and even likely and that might just be the salvation of the rapidly corrupting modern university as well as everything downstream from that culture and that is everything and the rebellion at that August institution and elsewhere against the ideological forces currently threatening free discourse and inquiry in the academy is just beginning Mark my words my wife and I returned to Cambridge on November 17th. I attended a number of seminars. There delivered two public lectures as I did a week later at Oxford, where I’d also been invited to meet and speak and teach. I used these opportunities to discuss and test a proposition key to the body of thought. I have been developing and communicating about for many decades that we all perceive the world not as a set of self–evident objective material facts, but as a system of meaning, and that we do so by applying a framework which when described is a narrative.

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A Story.

I proposed further that this fact has profound even revolutionary implications for how we understand science and technology and for how we conceptualize ourselves existentially in the world. These ideas were markedly well received. I also had the great privilege of talking for several hours while at Oxford first to Sir Roger Penrose, perhaps the world’s, most renowned living physicist and then to Dr Richard Dawkins, who is rather uniquely a fellow both of the original Royal Society and honor bestowed upon outstanding scientists and of the Royal Society of Literature. Founded in 1820 by King George to reward literary merit and excite literary talent.

Dr Dawkins Is As Well Perhaps

the world’s most famous and influential atheist Dr Penrose and I, along with Dr Stephen Blackwood, who served as mediator discussed his fascinating artistic proclivity for geometric tiling an endeavor related in my opinion to the relationship between mapping a territory and the territory itself. I spoke with Dr Penrose mostly to inquire and learn as his knowledge roams far afield from mine and was well rewarded in my efforts as our conversation literally spanned. The micro and macro-cosmic realms I spoke with Dr Dawkins after long tentative and increasingly amicable correspondence beforehand to clarify my ignorance of his well-defended positions, particularly in relationship to his opposition to religious belief and behavior suffice. It to say in the latter case that we have much more to talk about I greatly enjoyed both opportunities and will be releasing a video recording of the former and an audio of the latter in the very near future. I believe that these conversations went very well.

I Certainly Found Them Intensely Engrossing And

informative, and I regard it as another great privilege and opportunity to place them online where they will be made available to millions of avid listeners around the world. I can do that because I’m, a free-speaking citizen of Canada, a member of the British Commonwealth and except for our own sporadic and inexcusable. a country shaped to the core by the English common law tradition. Furthermore, I can make those discussions in all my talks and seminars at Oxbridge available on Youtube. The technologically revolutionary platform invented by Americans who are even at the time of the revolution and are still now in some real sense sovereign British citizens insisting on their due and intrinsic rights and what would the world be without the recognition of those rights.

A Stifling Web Of Intrigue A

system of archaic dynasties. A tribal mass of clans steeped in nepotism warring with one another for access to the short-term exigencies of power. I realize that there are other lights in the world apart from the Uk and its subsidiaries and once dependence. Although I would argue that even the European countries that profess respect for freedom of speech and thought in reality fealty to the divine word.

Secular And Inescapably Religious Have Done So

in no small part because of the influence of that great land and the fact that Dr. Dawkins and I came armed so to speak with radically different viewpoints and conceptions was a spur to our very productive conversation and not an impediment and the fact that such discussions and their dissemination are possible throughout so much of the world rather than positively forbidden and fatally dangerous Is another one of the reasons I love Great Britain. My talks at both Cambridge and Oxford appeared uniformly welcome to faculty and students alike with a single exception. A rather courageous and comic young woman dressed in a full body lobster suit who popped in during my most public talk at Cambridge to shout feminism and dance briefly about why was that reception so positive uniform and manifold when I was apparently ignorant and malevolent.

Enough To Be Banned From The Campus Only

two short years ago. The students at Cambridge remained seated when I entered the hall just prior to my first talk, Although they had lined up down the block for most of the day beforehand well the Oxford crowd anxious as they are not to be outdone gave me an overwhelmingly moving standing ovation before I spoke there. I say that not in triumph I hope as that would be the sort of pride that deservedly invites a fall.


I recently was invited to Cambridge University in the UK and spent two weeks partly there partly at Oxford and then partly at a variety of remarkable places in the Uk . I wrote it and because I I wanted to say what I had to say about it and I’m going to read it to you because while that way you can listen to it and maybe you’ll find that useful it’s called it’s very unstylish let’s say why I love great Britain of all the twists and turns that my life has taken over the past few years . In the fall of 2016, I had rented a 500-seat theater on a whim. and delivered 15 90-minute public lectures every week. The audience consisted of young men, a notoriously difficult audience to attract to such things. The initial lecture introduction to the Idea of God focused on the first two sentences of the book of Genesis.& Those who came to watch and listen walked their way through the remainder of that great book.& By the close of 201…. Click here to read more and watch the full video