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Philosophy

Top 10 -- 9 of 10 The Plotinus Principle

Richard Koch | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

It's just possible that I have found a source of insight comparable to that from Vilfredo Pareto, the 19th-century economist who inspired the 80/20 principle.

Into the Matrix

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 07.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Denise M. Wilbanks

For centuries, writers in the science fiction genre have put into words concepts that when viewed at first blush, appear to be set in a framework of...

Would You Rather Be Happy and Poor or Unhappy and Wealthy?

Ira Israel | Posted 07.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

Personally I espouse and teach one facet of Martin Seligman's "Positive Psychology," which is that everyone has a range of happiness and there are tools that keep us in the higher echelons of our happiness ranges.

Tulpas -- When Thought Takes Form

Allan Lennon | Posted 07.23.2015 | Weird News
Allan Lennon

The concept of the Tulpa is one that has always fascinated me. It is one of those subjects that, once you start thinking about it, just keeps going and going. As a very basic definition a Tulpa is a conjured being or object which is created through sheer spiritual or mental discipline alone.

Collaboration is Cumulative

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

Questions about the future -- how we not only navigate it, but lead it responsibly -- require us to look backwards and to look around in the present, as well as to look forward. If we fail to respect each other, how can we expect the future to be kind?

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Social Media & Censorship: Freedom of Expression and Risk

Layla Revis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Layla Revis

If we are too afraid to say things because the consequences outweigh human progress, then we must all ask ourselves, "What are we even living for?"

New York Cocktail Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.20.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

On Saturday July 18 the best cocktail bars in the world were judged at the Tales of the Cocktail Annual Spirited Awards in New Orleans. New York City was well represented. The Dead Rabbit took home awards for the World's Best Cocktail Bar and Menu.

How the Best Traditions Help Adolescents Lead Healthier Lives -- And How They Can Alter Adults' Stereotypical Views of Them

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Christopher Phillips

it is my experience, in the hundreds of dialogues I've held with adolescents, that no one is more open and honest and piercing than than they are when it comes to investigating questions such as: Who am I? Who can I become? What do I want to be when I grow up? It behooves the rest of us, at every age and stage, to hold inquiries on such questions with them, so we can be privy to their keen insights.

Harper Lee's Complex Heroes

Tom Morris | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

There's almost too much to talk about in the new book Go Set a Watchman. I loved it, then I hated it, and then I loved it again. Finally, I went away deeply impressed by the way it raises fundamental social, political and personal issues of a philosophical nature.

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

What Do I Pray For?

Lynda Freeman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

"Mom, where are you? Why is your phone off? I've been trying to get you for hours!" my son said in a voice filled with urgency. Here is what happened....

"Blue Camus" and the Path Not Taken: Ben Sidran Blends Philosophy & Jazz

Roxane Assaf | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

At the glamorous waterside student union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, 50 feet from where he first played with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs back in the '60s, Madison-based jazz artist Ben Sidran gazed out at the summer crowds exuding satisfaction and serenity. No regrets.

How to Sculpt with Our Hands A World That Reflects Our Hearts

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Christopher Phillips

Human autonomy and social conscience go hand in glove. They drive one another. They are a tag team for impelling and inspiring a person to involve herself deeply as a civic or social entrepreneur, to undertake kinds of challenges that expand a person's imaginative, physical, existential bounds.

Are Human Limitations Self-Imposed?

Allan Lennon | Posted 07.13.2015 | Weird News
Allan Lennon

The medical world is filled with bizarre, unusual (and sometimes not completely understood) phenomenon. Most people reading this post will be familiar with the various stories of individuals who fall victim to accident or injury, only to recover baring seemingly supernatural gifts.

Life After Death? There Is Hope

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Nicholas Denmon

Life and death often compel us to ask the most poignant of questions. With life, we wonder what it is all about. With death, we wonder what happens to us after. Perhaps we should consider these mysteries with more intent during times of normalcy, but often we ponder them after tragic events.

Why Greece Needs Its Classics More Than Ever

Lex Paulson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Lex Paulson

As the crisis continues to unfold, Greece's ancient past should serve not as fashionable rhetoric alone, but as a deep spur to reflection and progress. Truly engaging with the classical could still be a powerful part of the solution as we take lessons from the past to imagine a better future for Greece and for us all.

Words of Wisdom: What Five Women Said

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Margaret Gardiner

Why are philosophical quotes so prevalent? You find them in classic ads, on social media, they start and conclude speeches. They are little bundles of truth that sum up complex situations and make us go: 'Ahh. Such words of wisdom.'

The Language of Gluten-Free

Celia Kaye | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

I used to think that foods advertised as gluten-free were actually free of gluten. I realized that this was not always the case when I went into a cha...

Classic Philosophy Hacks for the Modern Age

Andrea Maltman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Andrea Maltman

We love lists because they're a simple proposition in a world of white hot noise, and because most people living a postmodern life -- present company included -- cannot actually tell you, in 140 succinct characters, what that even is.

Standing at the Crossroads of Violence and Human Rights

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Jonathan Horowitz

Violence All Around invites readers to see through John Sifton's eyes as he wanders through conflict zones investigating human rights abuses asking age old questions: why do we inflict violence on each other, and how can it be stopped, or at least reduced?

10 Questions to Discuss Before Marrying According to a Gay Philosopher

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Skye Cleary

Nietzsche loved love and thought highly of marriage. Yet, he worried about love's intoxicating and delusional nature and encourages lovers to balance passion with reason by ensuring that marriage is a strong and meaningful choice.

Ulysses and the Hedge Trimmer

Martin Bunzl | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Martin Bunzl

Better not to tempt me in the first place. Take the Hummers away. Don't clutter my world with things I should not have. Don't dangle them in front of me, creating desire, only to then try to have me renounce them. Just ban the damn two-cycle hedge trimmer and let me be done with the matter.

Truth Through Fiction

Barry Kibrick | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

From Shakespeare to Hemingway the deep understandings of humanity, the "truth" of our nature and our way of being, was expressed through stories. The stories may have been fiction, but at their pinnacle they illuminated the truth about ourselves.

Truth through Fiction

Barry Kibrick | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

There is so much to see, and yet you must learn how to see. Gary Grossman - Old Earth Socrates, Plato and Aristotle gave us our first glimpse into see...