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Sentient Meat: Nihilism Is a Scream

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Joseph A. Domino

The concept of nihilism is not new--Nietschze declared "God is dead" in 1882. As observation through a famous fictional character, even Shakespeare understood the sensibility before the word was invented.

What Is Love? A Philosophy of Life

Adrian Catron | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Adrian Catron

Love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. The strange think is, that almost nobody knows what love is. Why is it so difficult to find love? That is easy to understand, if you know that the word "love" is not the same as one's feeling of love.

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

The Death of a Poet: Death the Last Chapter

Peter Elijah Lungu | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Peter Elijah Lungu

Our existence derives its meaning from use, for this reason a glass bellows when it is used even for mundane activities as opposed to a china set that is reserved for the grandest of balls. Seemingly important yet so impotent, a parody of life.

Happy Thinks-giving

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.05.2014 | Technology
Steven Crandell

Here's an idea. This year, turn Thanksgiving into Thinks-giving. Unplug. Yup. The whole day without digital engagement. No screens. No big balloon parades. No football.

5 Questions That Will Test Your Sense Of Meaning In Life

Psychology Today | Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Whether or not you’re aware of it, the need for your life to have meaning is at the roots of the motivation that makes you uniquely human. Positive ...

The Upsides Of Self-Pity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon; you were nine years old. Your parents wouldn’t let you have any ice cream if you didn’t do your maths homework. I...

The Importance of Loving Your Self

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.

12 Gifts Ancient Greece Gave To The World

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

It's easy to forget just how much credit we owe the brilliant minds of ancient Greece. They are responsible for so many of the world's early steps int...

André Glucksmann in His Voltairean Garden

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In his new book, Voltaire contre-attaque (Laffont), a marvel of rebellious youth and jubilant wisdom, we find a philosophical rehabilitation of the author of Candide.

Leonard Cohen And The Art of Stillness

Brain Pickings | Maria Popova | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

“Faith is the ability to honor stillness at some moments,” Alan Lightman wrote in his sublime meditation on science and spirituality, “and at ot...

How (Not) to Repeat History

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

I wonder if we have it wrong. The philosopher George Santayana warned: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Maybe that se...

There's Strength in Softness: How Femininity Can Dictate the Rules in a Boy's Game

Maria X. Liu | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women
Maria X. Liu

We have to examine who's actually setting standards for what is an acceptable version of femininity. The patriarchy reaffirms this ideal of acceptable femininity to better conceptualize, understand, and control the fairer sex.

David Bowie Accidentally Taught Me Yoga in Boot Camp

James Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brown

A silent boot camp listening party for one probably can't be called yoga practice if the definition of yoga practice includes an intention to do yoga, because I had no idea what that meant at the time. But, what I experienced was that, intentionally or not, my mind found ways to feel better.

The Philosophy Of Nietzsche -- A Film

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

The challenge begins with how to pronounce his name: the first bit should sound like ‘knee’, the second like ‘cha’: ‘kneecha’. Then we nee...

A TEDx Talk on Beauty and Life Extension Science

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

What is happening to our species is we are becoming far more than just human. All around us incredible advances in technology are changing and improving us.

Philosophobia: A Disease That Attacks Democracy's Immune System

Creston Davis | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
Creston Davis

A society obsessed with a pragmatic ideological outlook fears citizens who are confident enough to ask questions not only about how the world works existentially but also culturally, politically, religiously and economically.

Putting Faith in Perspective

Linda C. Smith | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Linda C. Smith

One of the mysteries of Life is the fact of Faith. Now in my 60th decade, I know that Faith is something very real.

The Knowledge Philosophy - Ancient and Modern

Richard Koch | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

I'm excited. I've been studying first and second century AD philosophers, including Jesus and the Christian "Gnostics". The Gnostics placed the grea...

A New Enlightenment?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose, 85-year old Harvard University professor emeritus of biology, E. O. Wilson, talked about his latest book, The Meaning of Human Existence, and what he calls "the new enlightenment."

The Psychology Of Color

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

Alongside the notes of the musical keyboard and the letters of the alphabet, colours provide the building blocks of our emotions. It is not for nothin...

Ready Or Not -- Fatherhood's Unexpected Life Lessons

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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.

Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

Business Insider | Emily Esfahani Smith | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in ...

Do Unexpected Things Ever Happen for a Reason?

Tom Morris | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Tom Morris

Their concern is that in a broad cross section of people, whether religious or not, there seems to be a strong natural tendency to see intentions, purposes, and goals at work in life, far beyond the explicit actions of people or other conscious animals.

The Trouble With Trolleys

Brian Clegg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Science
Brian Clegg

Listening the other day to BBC Radio 4, I caught the end of one The Philosopher's Arms. The subject was trolley ethics. My hope was that a big problem with the best-known example of this philosophical discipline would be explored. Sadly, though, it was left undiscussed.