Believers and non-believers alike celebrate the existence of forces larger than us: the creation of the world, the stars in the sky, the fact that we exist. But in the business of living, it is easy to forget to cultivate our sense of wonder in the stuff of everyday life.
In his career as a philosopher, scientist and practising doctor, Raymond Tallis has had more opportunity than most to experience the astonishing capacity of the human body and mind. In this talk he reminds us that wonder is the only appropriate response to the complex miracles of ordinary existence and encourages us to cultivate curiosity, embrace puzzlement and be excited by all that is surprising and strange.
Raymond Tallis trained as a doctor, but retired in 2006 from his post as Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester to become a full time writer. His philosophical work looks at what is distinctive - and remarkable - about human beings. As well as fiction and poetry, his work includes The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head (2008), and most recently Michelangelo's Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence (2010).
This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall, London on Sunday 21 November 2010.