Welcome to my website!
Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a collection of my journalistic writings. Just below, you will find a new Moral Matters Column (uploaded each Friday) and a selection of my Saturday Essays from the Irish Daily Mail. At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from my writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note. I have also just opened a new blog in which you will find regular musings on my life, career and the world.
January 11, 2017
Thanks to my son, much I have learned
On my desk sits a small figure of Jedi Master Yoda from the Star Wars movies. For those unacquainted with the epic saga, Yoda is a tiny green creature who is considered the greatest of all Jedi knights. The Jedi are a priestly caste that uphold peace and justice throughout the Galaxy. And why, pray tell, do I have such a figure peering at me as I write? Living, as I do, with three Star Wars fanatics, it is difficult to escape the drama. Yesterday, I nearly fell down the stairs trying to avoid a Star Wars battle scene. My boys love the idea of courage confronting evil in a bid to restore harmony and justice. In Star Wars, the evil empire is governed by Jedi who have turned to the ‘dark side’ and who are intent on eliminating their noble opponents. The fact that the Jedi are spiritual masters only adds to their mystique and allure…Read More
November 26, 2016
Who wants to live forever?
Last week, the world was stunned by the news that a 14-year-old British girl who, shortly before her death on October 17, won a legal case to have her remains cryogenically frozen in the United States. She had been suffering from a rare form of cancer and did not ‘want to be buried underground’. Rather, as she informed the judge hearing her case, ‘being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up – even in hundreds of years’ time’. The case has aroused global interest, not least because it offers the prospect of extending life beyond its natural limits. If we can be frozen, rather than interred or cremated, there is always the possibility of being raised from the dead at some future stage. There is always the hope we can enjoy immorality here on Earth…Read more