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AC Grayling gave a wonderful talk (not a lecture, as he pointed out, because he wasn't reading from anything) at the RSA about reading: what is unique about reading, how intensive and attentive reading can be an emancipatory process, and how reading promotes tolerance and empathy by allowing us to explore world beyond 'our finite self'.

AC Grayling gave a wonderful talk (not a lecture, as he pointed out, because he wasn't reading from anything) at the RSA about reading: what is unique about reading, how intensive and attentive reading can be an emancipatory process, and how reading promotes tolerance and empathy by allowing us to explore world beyond 'our finite self'.

The talk is available to download from the RSA website so I won't reiterate it at length here. I just wanted to remark upon the striking similarity between Professor Grayling's exhortation to the education system to turn out young people who are ready and anxious to read whatever and whenever they can, and the leading point in the RSA's education charter which states "it is the primary role of education to instill a love of learning in young people and give them the ability and desire to carry on learning throughout life".

We'll be asking Professor Grayling if he wants to join the growing movement of people signing up to the charter - in the meantime any thoughts would be more than welcome about how to give more young people the kind of spine tingling love of reading that he spoke of last week.

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