My sons want to go to school. Vishnu is almost five and he’s starting reception at a nearby primary; he is bouncing off the walls at home, eager to make new friends, and has spotted a frame in the playground to climb. …

Extract from The Moves that Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson (Bloomsbury 2019). The audio extract of this chapter is available here.

In the Christian tradition, the time between Good Friday when Christ was crucified and his resurrection on Easter Sunday is a moment…

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In a busy world where people feel the need to place you before you have time to describe yourself, “define or be defined” is a useful motto.

But it’s a tough challenge.

I am the Director of an organization, Perspectiva, which is often described as ‘a think tank’; that’s not…

It has become fashionable to declare a climate emergency so here goes: Emergency!

Nothing happened, which is sad, but hardly surprising. If a recent paper in Nature indicating that the probability of tipping points is higher than we thought doesn’t move us, the sight of Australia on fire probably should…

Even games of skill depend upon opportunity

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At face value, there is no luck in chess. …

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I live in London, and sometimes it feels like the city runs on coffee and alcohol. It’s relatively obvious why we drink coffee. It offers bursts of energy and alertness to help us think and work, and we don’t find that desirably bitter taste elsewhere easily. But our reasons for…

Jonathan Rowson in conversation with Jordan Peterson at the RSA on January 16 2018.

****This is a truncated version of what was previously on this page because the full paper is now published at https://integral-review.org/an-epistemic-thunderstorm-what-we-learned-and-failed-to-learn-from-jordan-petersons-rise-to-fame/ ***

Jordan B. Peterson is easily misunderstood. He is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto but is now known as a forceful cultural…

Big Ben is not the only thing in the UK that requires maintenance. Image sourced via https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/uk-world-news/big-ben-scaffolding-14826151

We are told the army is preparing to be on standby for a No Deal Brexit, which signals incipient social breakdown. Our Health Secretary is buying fridges to store medicines, reminding millions their health relies on contingent imports from the EU. We are assured there will be adequate food, which…

The Nordic countries are not merely cute. There are things going on there beyond the open sandwiches and the charming crime dramas. And whatever their secret is, I’m fairly sure it goes beyond merely folksy notions about ‘coziness’ or ‘enoughness’ like ‘Hygge’ in Denmark or ‘Lagom’ in Sweden.

Denmark, Norway…

You keep saming when you should be changing. — Frank Sinatra

In 2015 I chaired an RSA event with Vincent Deary on his book ‘How to Live’ and was struck by his emphasis on the perennial human challenge of getting from act one to act two.

Deary’s point is that…

Jonathan Rowson

Philosopher, Chess Grandmaster and Father. Founding. Director @Perspecteeva. Scottish Londoner,

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