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The Bogus 'Philosophy' of Sen. Marco Rubio, Esq.

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Michael Sigman

At Tuesday's Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio Esq. grabbed the gold medal for bogus populism (and crappy grammar) by proclaiming, "welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."

Hierarchy vs. Holding Rank

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

There is immense confusion about the distinction between hierarchy and holding rank. Many of us of felt the bite of hierarchy throughout our childhood...

A Declaration for the Future

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Christopher Phillips

It all comes down to you, all comes down to each and every one of us to take full advantage of such one-of-a-kind opportunities to be an equal and vital part of the change we want to see in the world.

I Declare Young Citizens Full and Equal Partners in 'We the People'

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Anyone familiar with my own view -- considered, alas, "radical" (not in a good way) by many adults, including many so-called progressive -- knows that I maintain that our millions of citizens under age 18 should have equal right to self-determination, and be given equal opportunity to achieve that.

Life Lessons From the Ladies Who Make Us Laugh

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

I found myself looking for modern day philosophers whose style and teachings I could adapt and apply more easily in my own life. And by being the right place at the right time, these great minds appeared -- Amy Schumer and Maya Rudolph.

The Joy and Pain of Uncertainty

Mario Livio | Posted 09.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mario Livio

In his famous "Apology," Plato cites Socrates as saying: "That which I may not have known-through-seeing in no way I imagine myself to have known-thro...

Reason, Empathy and Constant Choices

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Who would argue against the value of empathy? Most would consider the ability to identify with and feel the suffering of others as one of our most valuable traits. Yet some disagree.

You're Smarter Than You Think

Master Charles Cannon | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Master Charles Cannon

How many ordinary moments are there in any given day for applying our minds to an exploration of the here and now? Each instant is an invitation to deepen mindfulness and learn; all it takes is pausing and asking.

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.

Socrates Is Alive and Well in Sicily

Chris Corbett | Posted 07.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Chris Corbett

A few days ago I had the good fortune to be in Sicily, the beautiful island off southern Italy. Whenever I visit Italy I always enjoy La Dolce Vita, a...

What Would Socrates Do With Greece?

Canon J.John | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Canon J.John

The first thing is that he would seek the truth of the matter. It seems to me that what we are being offered are two separate and irreconcilable narratives.

Philotimo: The Essential Virtue of Goodness

Mary Paleologos | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

At the end of the day, philotimo is a natural way of being because the essential nature of each of us is one of goodness, sometimes hidden in the deep layers within ourselves but always ready to surface and take residence in our hearts.

How to Be the Best Interior Designer or Professional of Any Kind

Courtney Price | Posted 05.14.2015 | Education
Courtney Price

Are we using all of the resources available to us to best hone our skills? Are we evolving? Are we bringing enough to the table? The learning curve never stops.

Valuing Philosophy Without Valuation: A Defense From Within

Torrey Wang | Posted 05.14.2015 | College
Torrey Wang

"What are you going to do with your philosophy degree?" In graduate school, this question proved to be a favorite among those with whom I was getting acquainted for the first time.

Dolls and Princesses and Pretend Weddings, Ages and Stages and Phases -- Oh My!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Every time I both celebrate and mourn my 8-year-old's passing from one stage and entry into another, I thank my lucky stars that I have another daughter, Cybele, almost seven years her junior.

What's In a Name? Great Expectations. Just Ask Your Baby.

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Does it really matter what name we're given, or give ourselves? As I was holding dialogues for my newest philosophy book one of the questions that came up on more than one occasion -- especially when I was holding dialogues with expecting parents -- was, "What should a newborn expect?"

Reaction Action Time

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Amy Elias, MS

What you do to pull me through the reaction, the positioned postured action of devolving, evolving spiraling down to the bottomed out triangulation- That's your action... Reaction.

'Cane and Abe': A Talk with James Grippando

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Soon after graduating from law school, James Grippando worked on a number of appeals in death penalty cases, an experience that later served him in writing his first published novel, The Pardon.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

Metaxas On Miracles

Mark Joseph | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Mark Joseph

Eric Metaxas has had a varied career as a biographer, children's author, humorist, talk show host and the creator of Socrates in the City a salon type program which has featured dozens of thinkers in conversation with Metaxas.

Ready Or Not -- Fatherhood's Unexpected Life Lessons

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Making the real-life transition to "daddy" was far more challenging than I'd imagined. As much as I thought I'd readied myself for life with a bundle of joy, it turns out I was pretty clueless about how to deal with the quantum change.

Be 'Ageful' Not Ageless!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Phillips

What would it be like to be genuinely ageless? Would this give us the capacity to ward off permanently the encroaching years? Would we remain just as ...

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

Socrates Over Milk and Cookies: Asking the Best Questions

Mimi Darmstadter | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Mimi Darmstadter

So, in the school spirit of deeper inquiry, ask yourself if the questions that you ask -- of others or yourself -- would disappoint Socrates.

The Perpetual Black Liars

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Nicolas B. Aziz

Black people have been dehumanized and disregarded in America since its inception; and it is thus time for us to truly realize that this country is not "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."