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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +7 +1

    Science and Philosophy

    With this quote, a group of philosophers and scientists (Laplane et al. 2019) recently opened a joined article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in which they were arguing that scientists are wrong to think that philosophy has no role to play in science. To the contrary, they are outlining “Why science needs philosophy”, inspiring the very creation of this blog.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +4 +1

    Secretly seduced by science, Hasidic atheists lead a double life

    The moment Solomon lost his faith, he was standing on the D train, swaying back and forth with its movement as if in prayer. But it wasn’t a prayer book that the young law student was reading – he had already been to synagogue, where he had wrapped himself in the leather thongs that bound him to Orthodox Judaism, laying phylacteries and reciting the prayers three times daily.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +4 +1

    Do not weep for your dead: how to mourn as the Stoics did

    Imagine you are at a child’s funeral. The child is yours. The air is numb with silence. An ache so deep you can barely breathe moves through you, until it bursts and you cry out loud. Somebody passes a tissue; another rests his hand on your shoulder. In time, your eyes run out of tears. But now there is a hole in your heart in the shape of a child, and it feels like it will never heal. Maybe it shouldn’t, you think to yourself. You lost a child. This stays with you. It’s supposed to stay with you. How should we grieve when someone close to us dies? Should we wail and gnash our teeth? Should we swallow our pain?

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +4 +1

    The music of all time is a duet between order and disorder – Alan Lightman | Aeon Essays

    The cosmos sings order, and it also sings disorder. We human beings seek predictability, and we also yearn for the new. Embrace these necessary contradictions, say Bohr and the Confucians.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by TNY
    +10 +3

    What Germans Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

    The people of Germany, with their reputation for having an industrial-strength work ethic, may not spring to mind as the happiest or healthiest people around. Yes, Germans are better known for their beer and brats than their wellness rituals. But at the same time, with their unique ways to relax, unplug, enjoy nature, and tap into the wisdom of their rich traditions, Germans have lot to teach the rest of the world about living the good life.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by ladyliberty
    +9 +1

    Why we should actually build the Death Star

    In January of this year, the White House responded to a not-entirely-serious petition to build a Death Star, a huge moon-sized battle station armed with planet-destroying laser cannons depicted in the original Star Wars trilogy.

  • Video/Audio
    5 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +14 +3

    Maher: U.S. Christians have traded Christ’s values for philosophy of ‘F*ck off and die’

    Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher asked when Christians in this country swapped Christ’s message of love and tolerance for a philosophy of “F*ck off and die” toward people who aren’t like them. Showing an image of Congressional Republicans captioned “Cheap of faith,” Maher said, “New rule: It’s okay if you don’t want to feed the hungry or heal the sick or house the homeless. Just don’t say you’re doing it for their own good.”

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by timex
    +6 +3

    You Are Boring

    Everything was going great until you showed up. You see me across the crowded room, make your way over, and start talking at me. And you don’t stop...

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by ppp
    +17 +1

    Kill Your Childhood Idols: Why Nostalgia Sucks

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” If William Faulkner was writing that line today, he might add, “And it’s taking up far too much of your life.” We’re living in the most technologically advanced moment in history, but for those of us in our 30s, we’re spending more and more of our time looking back, not forward. And the entertainment industry is cashing in, happily catering to our love of stuff that was important to us when we were younger.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by zritic
    +12 +1

    Are We Alone in the Universe?

    THE recent announcement by a team of astronomers that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable planets in our galaxy has further fueled the speculation, popular even among many distinguished scientists, that the universe is teeming with life.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +2

    Why Life Does Not Really Exist

    I had an epiphany that has forced me to rethink why I love living things so much and reexamine what life is, really. For as long as people have studied life they have struggled to define it. Even today, scientists have no satisfactory or universally accepted definition of life.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +8 +1

    The French Connection

    How the Revolution, and two thinkers, bequeathed us ‘right’ and ‘left.’

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +10 +2

    Exploring Christian Perspectives on Animal Rights

    “There was a time when Rebecca, our eldest, was desperate to have a pet,” David Clough told me, when we met at the American Academy of Religion conference, held in Baltimore before Thanksgiving. “And she was in the unhappy position of having a father who had reflected ethically on the question at some length” — a father with misgivings about the human use of animals, even for companionship.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by drummer
    +14 +3

    You Are Your Brain

    Patricia Churchland, a neurophilosopher at the University of California at San Diego, says our hopes, loves and very existence are just elaborate functions of a complicated mass of grey tissue. Accepting that can be hard, but what we know should inspire us, not scare us. Her most recent book is Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by larylin
    +13 +1

    The evolution of morality

    Our morality may be a product of natural selection, but that doesn’t mean it's set in stone

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +25 +1

    Heidegger in France: Nazism and philosophy

    One of the distinctive features of French intellectual life in the post-war period has been the influence of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). Heidegger’s standing among French philosophers, especially those working in the phenomenological tradition, contrasts dramatically with his reputation in the country of his birth, where his legacy is tainted irredeemably by his political compromises with National Socialism in the 1930s.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by whitefalcon
    +24 +5

    Is Consciousness Universal?

    Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by whitefalcon
    +22 +5

    Is Revenge Ever Justified?

    Sean once told me a revenge story from back when he worked in his father’s flower shop. This story even makes me angry, hearing it third-party and years later.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by bjstex
    +15 +4

    Can Silence Be Music?

    John Cage’s 4’33″ is commonly described as “four and a half minutes of silence,” but in fact it’s the opposite — Cage hoped to lead the audience to hear the ambient sounds of the concert hall as music, to accept as art sounds that they wouldn’t normally consider in that way.

  • Video/Audio
    5 years ago
    by ganjasaurus
    +13 +4

    You're It by Alan Watts

    An inspiring and profound speech from the late Alan Watts.

  • Video/Audio
    5 years ago
    by ganjasaurus
    +18 +2

    The Spiritual Journey As The Self

    When spiritually oriented people are exposed to the information that has been provided, they show a measurable elevation of consciousness. Before and after each lecture, the consciousness level of the audience is calibrated, and it generally shows an increase, on the average, of between ten and forty points for the audience as a whole. This may vary individually from a low of four points to as high as hundreds of points...

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by FirstRealize
    +1 +1

    Think and Understand

    Think and Understand

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by KondoR
    +13 +5

    The Happiness Index

    Can a tiny country’s effort to put people before profit serve as a model for the rest of the world?

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by FirstRealize
    +5 +4

    Nothing Comes for Free

    If you have think that you have been getting something in free or too easily, then I will say think again!!!!! When I say free, I do not means in monetary terms only, broadly it means something happen without any action, event or any reason. We can define these entire triggering events as cost for …

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by nevinkjohn
    +15 +4

    Psychological perspective of a human - The Egg!

    There are articles that have philosophy equivalent to a novel. This article written by Andy weir is one of those legendary articles. It gives you a new perspective to life as a whole.

  • Image
    5 years ago
    by mi22cynical
    +1 +1

    The Flash

    Quick off the mark!

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by zgb
    +31 +1

    Are ugly people oppressed?

    We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks – does that mean that the ugly are oppressed? The faces and forms of oppression are many, but nearly all of them flow from injustice, the treatment of people otherwise than they deserve. It’s hard to say what exactly any one person deserves, of course, but in the modern world we tend to think that desert is somehow related to what people can control.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +18 +1

    Is the Universe a Simulation?

    If so, that would help explain some mysterious things about math.

  • Video/Audio
    5 years ago
    by watchmakers
    +7 +1

    Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? Episode 01 "THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER"

    This is the first lecture from a Harvard University class on the philosophy of justice. The entire series is highly recommended! PART ONE: THE MORAL SIDE OF MURDER PART TWO: THE CASE FOR CANNIBALISM

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by zobo
    +23 +5

    When Doctors Need to Lie

    I ONCE had the unenviable task of informing a 22-year-old Jamaican man that he was suffering from severe heart failure and would probably need a heart transplant. The man’s father warned me that his son would be devastated to hear the diagnosis. “It would mean a lot to me if you could go back in and tell him he’s going to be all right,” the father pleaded. “Please tell him that if he does the things you say, he’s going to be O.K.”

  • Video/Audio
    5 years ago
    by macavoy
    +17 +6

    Open Door to Solitude

    Every couple of months, 68-year-old Ed Zevely rides into the Colorado high country to camp for weeks at a time—and he does it completely alone. Through thunderstorms, open meadows and treacherous passes, he finds his own patch of serenity. Far from the modern world, it’s a place where the only goal is to move and breathe, and where you can truly understand the difference between loneliness and solitude.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by watchmakers
    +16 +7

    Zeno’s Paradox Is a Trick—But a Very Interesting Trick

    The Greek philosopher Zeno wrote a book of paradoxes nearly 2,500 years ago. “Achilles and the Tortoise” is the easiest to understand, but it’s devilishly difficult to explain away. For those who haven’t already learned it, here are the basics of Zeno’s logic puzzle, as we understand it after generations...

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by collude
    +5 +3

    Playing With Plato

    Philosophers eager to write for popular audiences are finding readers who want answers science can’t offer.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by junglman
    +16 +6

    Science’s crisis of faith

    In the fifth century B.C., the philosopher Democritus proposed that all matter was made of tiny and indivisible atoms, which came in various sizes and textures—some hard and some soft, some smooth and some thorny. The atoms themselves were taken as givens. In the nineteenth century, scientists discovered that the chemical properties of atoms repeat periodically (and created the periodic table to reflect this fact), but the origins of such patterns remained mysterious...

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by zyery
    +11 +3

    Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea

    Not long ago, the pursuit of commercial self-interest was largely reviled. How did we come to accept it?