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In my experience, those who make the biggest fuss about not spending much at Christmas are generally the ones who buy what they want and eat where they want 12 months a year.

Philosophy is at its most engaged when it is impure. What is being recovered from the Ancient Greek model is not some lost idea of philosophy's pure essence, but the idea that philosophy is mixed up with everything else.

From time to time, it is worth wandering around the fuzzy border regions of what you do, if only to remind yourself that no human activity is an island.

Trying to keep up with health advice can feel like surfing the Net for weather forecasts: what you find is always changing, often contradictory and rarely encouraging.

As a teenager, I increasingly had questions about religion to which I found no good answers.

Seek first what is true and of value, and then whatever happiness follows will be of the appropriate quantity and, more importantly, quality.

Any celebration meal to which guests are invited, be they family or friends, should be an occasion for generous hospitality.

Being a good neighbour is about compassion, which is as warm-blooded as justice is cool-headed.

Love is indeed, at root, the product of the firings of neurons and release of hormones.

No one who has understood even a fraction of what science has told us about the universe can fail to be in awe of both the cosmos and of science.

If we find it hard to believe that winning millions might not be so lucky after all, we just don't have a good enough imagination. If I fantasise about winning the lottery, it doesn't take long before all sorts of worrisome potential consequences occur to me.

On social networking sites, we may expose ourselves, but we choose to do so. We are in control and, often wrongly, we do not feel we are giving away tradable data.

Prayer provides an opportunity to remind oneself of how one should be living, our responsibilities to others, our own failings, and our relative good fortune, should we have it. This is, I think, a pretty worthwhile practice and it is not something you can only do if you believe you are talking to an unseen creator.

The border between the natural and the supernatural, religion and philosophy, may not always be clear. But there are lines, and we should know and accept which side of it we are on.

You should protest about the views of people you disagree with over major moral issues, and argue them down, but you should not try to silence them, however repugnant you find them. That is the bitter pill free speech requires us to swallow.

Accepting that the world is full of uncertainty and ambiguity does not and should not stop people from being pretty sure about a lot of things.

Atheists should point out that life without God can be meaningful, moral and happy.

Being virtuous is wonderful thing, but feeling virtuous is a shortcut to vice.

Happiness is not the same as life satisfaction, while neither are identical to what we might call flourishing.

I don't think anyone who genuinely embraced sincerity, charity and modesty could be intolerant or divisive.