Jonathan Rowson


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in Aberdeen, The United Kingdom
April 18, 1977

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Jonathan Rowson is co-founder and Director of Perspectiva, "a research platform that seeks to build the intellectual foundations for a more conscious society – a diverse and plural society awake to itself, united by an awareness of ecological constraints, systemic influences and the development of human empathy and consciousness throughout the lifespan."

He is an applied philosopher with degrees spanning a range of humanities and social sciences from Oxford, Harvard and Bristol Universities.

He is also a former Scottish chess grandmaster, a three-time Scottish Chess Champion and the No. 1 ranked Scottish player as of October 2017.

As Director of the Social Brain Centre at the United Kingdom's Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Man
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The Seven Deadly Chess Sins

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Chess for Zebras

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Understanding the Grunfeld

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“I was beginning to understand that the best kinds of freedom involved choosing your constraints wisely, and claiming them as your own.”
Jonathan Rowson, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life

“Maturing into a viable adulthood is partly about discipline, but it is also about luck. Aldous Huxley famously wrote that experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. That is profoundly correct. Our life experience is not one event after the other but a series of opportunities to grow by making sense of what is meaningful and what isn't. Some do that better than others.”
Jonathan Rowson, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life

“Metaphors matter because they give conceptual shape to life, and we live within the dimensions of those shapes as if they were real. The cognitive scientists George Lakoff and Mark Johnson suggest: ‘Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms of which we both think and act, is fundamentally metaphorical in nature.’ Life really is ‘a journey’, ‘big’ things really are significant, sophisticated ideas really are ‘deep’. Such conceptual shapes are real because we make them so. It helps to wake up to the fact that we are to some extent free to create new conceptual shapes, indeed that this may offer our only hope for a genuinely new world.”
Jonathan Rowson, The Moves That Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life



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