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PZ's Podcast: Psychosis & One Monkey

PZ’s Podcast: Psychosis & One Monkey

EPISODE 236: Psychosis

“Psychosis” is a very strong word for a cultural phenomenon. But it allows us to speak of a fissure over against reality, when groups of people see things around them in a way that is divorced from the facts.

You can apply the phenomenon of group fissure from reality, to anything you like. I can see it in the way a very specific historical reality, the Anglican Church as the English expression of legal and official Protestantism, has been so completely buried by a different “narrative” that it is as if the reality never was and never existed.

So completely,…

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Brief Thoughts on the Great, Soon-to-Be-Late Poirot

Brief Thoughts on the Great, Soon-to-Be-Late Poirot

Next week, after nearly 25 years, ITV’s Agatha Christie-based Poirot draws to an end. Now just in case you start to think I’m more cultured than I actually am, I want to be clear that I have never watched a single episode of Poirot. It falls under the category of “shows my Dad tells me I should be watching that are usually British.” However, a recent article in the Telegraph has moved me to catch at least the end of this well-loved Agatha Christie series and perhaps to then start from the beginning.

On November 13th actor David Suchet will put the eccentric,…

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Love Stories with a Jagged Edge: Agatha Christie on Burdens, Payments and True Religion

Love Stories with a Jagged Edge: Agatha Christie on Burdens, Payments and True Religion

A powerful reflection on Agatha Christie’s short story collection, Six Mary Westmacott Novels, courtesy of Jennifer Pursley.

Sometimes I still get surprised. I mean, I get lots of bad surprises, like every time a sink in my house begins to leak. Or a tire goes flat. Or a kid gets sick. But good surprises seem to get fewer and farther between once you enter adulthood. This summer I had a good surprise, though, when I picked up a bargain copy of a collection of novels published by Agatha Christie under her pseudonym, Mary Westmacott. I have loved Agatha Christie’s work for…

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