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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.

Writer Eric Kaplan on The Big Bang Theory, Metaphysics and Santa Claus

Nell Minow | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Nell Minow

In an interview, Kaplan explained that the idea for the book came from a mother who did not want her son, who believed in Santa, to go to the zoo with Kaplan's son, who did not.

Live Like Picasso -- Nurturing Fluid Intelligence and an 'Artistic Dimension'

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher Phillips

Childhood is a time of life when learning is more intense than at any other, when children gain the critical knowledge and skills that can help ensure that the human species as a whole remains adaptable.

Review: Hyperobjects--Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World

Illya Szilak | Posted 10.17.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

What would it look like if we actually recognized the legitimate and inscrutable existence of things apart from ourselves? How would this alter how we interact with each other and with the planet?

Historic Emissions and the Role of Ignorance

Martin Bunzl | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Martin Bunzl

You and I share a well. We both thought it would never run dry. I used a lot more water than you did. Now we discover it is going dry. We need to proc...

Are We Really Conscious?

The New York Times | Michael S. A. Graziano | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

OF the three most fundamental scientific questions about the human condition, two have been answered. First, what is our relationship to the rest o...