Will Buckingham

Will Buckingham is a philosopher, novelist, and Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University. His latest novel is The Descent of the Lyre (2012).

Written by Will Buckingham

Mysterious meanings; a Taoist priest stands in an entrance to the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in central Beijing November 5, 2012. Photo by David Gray/Reuters

Essay/
Consciousness and altered states
The uncertainty machine

Forget prophecy and wisdom. Using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists

Will Buckingham

Carved wooden ancestor figures crowd the step and loom in the darkness of a doorway in the Tanimbar Islands, Maluku, Indonesia. Photo by Doug Meikle Dreaming Track Images

Essay/
Anthropology
Isaac’s gift

The sculptor would carve me a wooden figure. In exchange, I would show my ritual gratitude. What could go wrong?

Will Buckingham