Date(s) - 03/12/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
As far back as the late 17th century, the Highland judge, Lord Tarbet, told Sir Robert Boyle (of Boyle’s Law in physics) that in the Hebridean isles of Scotland, there are more seers with the second sight than in any other part of the country. This reputation continued into the 19th century with the notorious investigation by Miss Ada Goodrich Freer that was subsequently disowned by the Society for Psychical Research.
But where does the question stand today?
Are the isles still associated with the second sight, and if so, does this shed any light on the human condition in our times including, perhaps, President Donald Trump. Alastair will explore this question drawing from his latest book, Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey.
Alastair McIntosh (Scotland) has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.” A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris, he negotiated the withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan, then agreed to serve (unpaid) on that company’s Sustainability Stakeholders Panel for 10 years. Alastair guest lectures at military staff colleges, most notably the UK Defence Academy, on nonviolence.
His work today draws out the spiritual underpinnings of our human ecology and the human condition. Books include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum), Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition (Birlinn), Rekindling Community (Green Books) and Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books). His most recent work is Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn 2016, due in the USA from Cascade in 2018).
He has been an honorary fellow of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and is currently a senior honorary research fellow (honorary professor) at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. He lives in Govan, Glasgow, with his wife Vérène Nicolas where he is a founding trustee of the GalGael Trust, which uses boatbuilding as a way of rebuilding human lives injured by the trauma of poverty.