Reflections for Rosa: How to Discover the World

by Alan Macfarlane

I have spent the last sixty years trying to understand the world. I have studied for two doctorates at Oxford and London, travelled through Nepal, Japan and China, published more than twenty books. My explorations have taught me a little about how we might approach a deeper knowledge of the world around us. Here I will tell you of what I have found about asking questions, guessing, testing, assembling evidence, creative writing and the conditions of creativity. I hope it helps.


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About the Author

Alan Macfarlane

Alan Macfarlane was born in Shillong, India, in 1941 and educated at the Dragon School, Sedbergh School, Oxford and London Universities. He is the author of over twenty books, including The Origins of English Individualism (1978) and Letters to Lily: On How the World Works (2005). He has worked in England, Nepal, Japan and China as both an historian and anthropologist. He was elected to the British Academy in 1986 and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.