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The root of fear

By Paul Broks   May 2002

I am in a church. It was once a church, anyway. Now it’s a university building. I’m here for a neuroscience symposium and people are milling around taking coffee before the final morning session. I keep an eye on the time because I’m presenting a paper.

The programme has reunited me with two colleagues from my postgraduate days. I haven’t seen them for 20 years. We stand in a triangle. Mundane facts of biography slot together as planks in the conversational platform. We all have wives and children and dogs. Rick affects embarrassment. So bourgeois. Why haven’t we had more…

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