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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...

The Mysterious Great Philosopher Who Will Teach You All About Daoism

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (sometimes also known as Laozi or Lao Tze), who is a guiding figure in Daoism (also transl...

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

Thinking Broadly About Capital

MJR Montoya | Posted 10.02.2014 | Education
MJR Montoya

I have long read about capital. I have read it as a philosophical problem, as a mind-broadening concept, and as a powerful geo-political force. If we are to train a generation of students to make decisions that shape the world in an effective manner, we must help one another understand the principal forces that shape the world around us.

The List of Everything

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

While our research has been exhaustive, we realize that it's possible (though unlikely) we've missed something. Please bring any omissions to our attention -- but only after reading through this list carefully.

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.

This Great Eastern Philosopher Reminds Us Of The Pleasure Of Simplicity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we don’t always know how this should ...

How Existentialism Set Me Free

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Hanley

In an unexpected way though, existentialism set me free. It reminded me that my purpose on earth was undefined and more importantly, that I could choose how to live. It reassured me that since I originated from nothing and ultimately would return to nothing, I had nothing to lose.

When Philosophy Becomes Therapy

The Atlantic | Lauren Davis | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

Philosophy has earned a reputation as a complicated, inaccessible, and irrelevant pursuit, consigned mostly to old white men in wood-paneled offices. ...

WATCH: Philosophy Explained Through Food

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.22.2014 | World

Few philosophers have achieved fame as cooks. However, many of their theories can be perfectly explained through the medium of food. Here we inaugurat...

In Conversation with Simon Critchley

Tyler Malone | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Tyler Malone

Critchley has two books being released this Fall: an examination of the man he claims is the greatest artist of the last forty years, David Bowie, and a narrative involving another of his long-time obsessions, memory theaters.

What I Learned from Baseball (Again, This Year)

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 09.17.2014 | Sports
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

Baseball is America's homegrown version of Zen Buddhism. Good day? Fine, but don't get cocky. Lousy day? Fine, too, but do better tomorrow. You win some, you lose some; some get rained out. All fine.

Do We All See the Same Colors?

Quora | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science
Quora

Color perception is a favorite topic of philosophers who like to ask: What if your color spectrum was completely inverted from someone else's? Would you be able to tell?

Part and Parcel: Okla Elliott

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Elliott's poems don't encourage us to turn to the scholars, but to turn to one another. Together, we can reinvent this risky, dangerous place as our perch.

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.