The philosophical role of illness – and how it can teach us to live reflectively

Principle Investigator on the Life of Breath and professor of philosophy Havi Carel will be giving her inaugural lecture on ‘The…

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Singing for Breathing

Vocal coach, community choir and workshop leader and music therapist Phoene Cave writes: In 2008 I answered an advertisement for…

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The breath between: art, film, mortality, and AIR

Jenny Chamarette (writer, curator and film scholar and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London), and Anna…

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Near-death experiences: mortality at Medicine Unboxed

Kate Binnie writes about the recent Medicine Unboxed conference (November 18th-20th, Cheltenham). Next year’s conference is on the theme of wonder…

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Who was chasing him?

Jess Farr-Cox, Life of Breath Project Manager (Bristol) and her father David Scoins, lifelong runner (green vest, above), sometime sports…

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‘I need security to survive’

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, shares a memory of a hospice patient: Paula wakes early every day and…

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Thinking Breath

Arthur Rose, post-doctoral researcher on the Life of Breath project, writes: The supplementary task in any interdisciplinary work worth its…

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Making the invisible visible (2)

Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral research fellow on the Life of Breath project, writes about the recent project launch in Durham (see…

Breathless in Bristol (2)

PhD student on the Life of Breath project Tina Williams, writes about the recent Philosophy of Medicine conference, with help…

Breathless in Bristol (1)

PhD student on the Life of Breath project Tina Williams, writes about the recent Philosophy of Medicine conference, with help…

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“This is what my breath looks like”

Nicola Caroli, breath teacher, writes: “This is what my breath looks like and when you have no breath you can…

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Making the invisible visible (1)

Sarah McLusky, Project Manager (Durham) writes: What is breath? We all know what it feels like. We can perceive the…

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‘All his heart was cold’

In honour of the Glastonbury Festival, Jess Farr-Cox, Project Manager (Bristol) writes a post with an Arthurian flavour (see also ‘Arthur’s…

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Way up high

Jess Farr-Cox (Project Manager, Bristol) writes: Our recent official launch of the project was in many ways a model of…

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Air and climate: an historical introduction

Mike Emanuel, Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University, Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, writes: In the fifth century BC, Hippocrates, in ‘On…

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The riddle of breathlessness

Dr. Nabil Jarad, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Bristol Royal Infirmary and School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, writes: ‘I…

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Breathless in Århus

PI on the Life of Breath project Jane Macnaughton writes about the SPSP conference:  Like many port areas in major cities in…

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‘Sing sweetly for tobacco!’

In the second of a series of posts about smoking (see also ‘A three-pipe problem’), Project Manager (Bristol) on the…

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Breathless in Oxford

Tina Williams, PhD student on the Life of Breath, writes: On the 27th & 28th March, the Oxford Phenomenology Network…

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‘A physical event’

Project Manager (Bristol) for Life of Breath Jess Farr-Cox writes: I have written elsewhere (see ‘Taking a deep breath’) about the…

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Portrait Therapy for Life Support?

Susan M D Carr, art therapist at the Prospect Hospice and PhD Student at Loughborough University, writes: I was in…

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A three-pipe problem

In the first of a series of posts on smoking (see also ‘Sing sweetly for tobacco!‘), Jess Farr-Cox (Project Manager (Bristol)…

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Signal failure? Thinking outside the lung

Physiotherapist and Bradcliff practitioner Pip Windsor writes: How can a symptom of chronic over-breathing be a feeling of lack of air? How…

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‘Matter in these sighs’: notes on holy breathing

Naya Tsentourou from the University of Exeter writes: In John Milton’s Paradise Lost prayer is defined as ‘one short sigh…

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