May 29, 2014

Philosophical fiction isn’t always the easiest to define unless the author clearly states that there was a philosophical framework guiding the text, thus embedding that philosophy within the plot. It’s more common that writers’ personal politics and ideas get them lumped in with a specific movement, making everything in their bodies of work seem like they carry a message hidden carefully between the lines.

10 Great Works of Fiction for Philosophers  on Flavorwire

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April 5, 2014
On The Nature Of Things

On The Nature Of Things

Lucretius

illustration from Stephen Greenblatt’s piece in The New Yorker about Lucretius

I finished reading Stephen Greenblatt’s book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, this week.  It inspired this morning’s poem on my daily poem project, Writing the Day.

Reading Lucretius

this twenty-first century morning makes me

a Roman meditating a thousand years ago

On the Nature of Things, a universe

without…

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January 21, 2014
"A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window."

Gilles Deleuze

November 9, 2013
The Meaning of LifeI try to take on Big Questions on this site, so it was inevitable that I would have to take on the…View Post

The Meaning of Life

I try to take on Big Questions on this site, so it was inevitable that I would have to take on the…

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August 31, 2013
A Tear at the Edge of CreationAn image of an event in CERN’s CMS detector during the search for the Higgs boson – which Gleiser…View Post

A Tear at the Edge of Creation

An image of an event in CERN’s CMS detector during the search for the Higgs boson – which Gleiser…

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August 27, 2013
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)


I’m very good at entertaining thoughts.

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August 18, 2013
"If less is more, than nothing is everything."

July 11, 2013
"Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest."

Herman Hesse   

Hesse, an author I enjoyed reading but not an author I associate with laughter, was born July 2, 1877. This Nobel Prize-winning German novelist’s books—particularly Siddhartha and Steppenwolf— introduced me to Eastern philosophy as a teenager, as they did for many Westerners.

July 2, 2013
"There is a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."

Charles M. Schulz

June 9, 2013
I like this photo of Carlos Castenada because he looks like some young college kid on his way to a date in 1967 - and most people think of him as some strange, hippie philosopher, out in some desert, high on something.

Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing,
Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960’s and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.
His The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge is still widely read.

I like this photo of Carlos Castenada because he looks like some young college kid on his way to a date in 1967 - and most people think of him as some strange, hippie philosopher, out in some desert, high on something.

Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing,

Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960’s and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.

His The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge is still widely read.

May 26, 2013
“Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion. ”  — Thomas Hobbes
“A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers.” ― John Calvin

“Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion. ”  — Thomas Hobbes

“A perfect faith is nowhere to be found, so it follows that all of us are partly unbelievers.” ― John Calvin

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May 8, 2013
It’s turtles all the way down.

It’s turtles all the way down.

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April 6, 2013
"There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but no philosophers."

— Henry D. Thoreau

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March 31, 2013
"I think, therefore I am."

It’s the birthday of philosopher and big doubter René Descartes, born in La Haye en Touraine, France (1596).

He is called the father of modern philosophy, but he considered himself a mathematician and scientist.

He became interested in philosophy when he heard that the church persecuted Galileo for his scientific theories. Descartes realized some of his own theories were also controversial, so he wrote a book called Discourse on Method(1637), about the necessity of doubt in scientific inquiry.

He also wrote about beginning to doubt everything about his life, even the fact of his own existence. But in the process of doing so, he realized that he couldn’t doubt the existence of his own thoughts, and he produced his most famous line: “I think, therefore I am.”

February 14, 2013
Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

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