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Bruce Lee: How to live successfully in a world with no rules

Bruce Lee would have turned 80 years old on November 27, 2020. The legendary actor and martial artist's daughter, Shannon Lee, shares some of his wisdom and his philosophy on self help in a new book titled "Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee."In this video, Shannon shares a story of the fight that led to her father beginning a deeper philosophical journey, and how that informed his unique expression of martial arts called Jeet Kune Do.One lesson passed down from Bruce Lee was his us...
Tags: Life, Personality, Innovation, Extreme Sports, Philosophy, Emotions, Bruce Lee, Personal Growth, Shannon, Shannon Lee

Are humans cruel by nature?

How have humans managed to accomplish significantly more than any other species on the planet? Historian Rutger Bregman believes the quality that makes us special is that we "evolved to work together and to cooperate on a scale that no other species in the whole animal kingdom has been able to do."Pushing back against the millennia-old idea that humans are inherently evil beneath their civilized surface, which is known as 'veneer theory', Bregman says that it's humanity's cooperative spirit and ...
Tags: Psychology, Animals, Friendship, Society, War, Sociology, Innovation, Collaboration, Philosophy, Evolution, Morality, Humanity, Bregman, Rutger Bregman

Is Christianity rooted in psychedelic rituals?

In his new book, Brian Muraresku speculates that the Christian Eucharist could be rooted in the Eleusinian Mysteries. The wine and wafer of the modern ritual might have started off with a far more potent beverage. In this interview with Big Think, Muraresku discusses "dying before dying" and the demonization of women by the Church. Brian Muraresku wants to be very clear: the immortality key is not psychedelics. He's referring to the concept of "dying before dying," a mystical, near-death state...
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10 (Non-Religious) Books to Get Into the Devotional Reading Habit

Each day, too, acquire something which will help you to face poverty, or death, and other ills as well. After running over a lot of different thoughts, pick out one to be digested thoroughly that day. —Seneca  Today, we largely associate daily “devotionals” — short, reflection-spurring texts — with religious scriptures and faith-themed books which feature musings, challenges, and brief bits of inspiration for each day of the year.  But as Seneca proves above, for millennia, devotional-type...
Tags: Books, Life, Habits, Travel & leisure, Philosophy, Jordan, Routines, Leo Tolstoy, Personal Development, Aristotle, Tolstoy, Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Kyle, Brett, Emerson

What can we laugh at and why? The philosophy of humor

People like things that make them laugh, but have we considered if that is a good thing?Some philosophers, including Plato, thought comedy was bad for you. Most modern thinkers tend to get away from that, but still debate what should and shouldn't be laughed at. Most people enjoy a laugh now and then. Some have posited that laughter is the best medicine. Others have achieved fame and fortune by making people laugh. Laughter is one of the great universals of the human experience, even if people ...
Tags: Florida, Comedy, Greece, Jokes, Innovation, Philosophy, Slavoj Zizek, Bangladesh, William, Aristotle, Laughter, Don, Mary, Plato, Thomas Aquinas, National Lampoon

Alan Watts on the illusion of time, money, and ego

After Skool illustrated this talk by Alan Watts on how easy it is to live in your own head and build a reality that is disconnected from the present moment. About two minutes in, he gives a very good example of what he means. — Read the rest
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Cancel culture vs. toleration: The consequences of punishing dissent

Pluralism is the idea that different people, traditions, and beliefs not only can coexist together in the same society but also should coexist together because society benefits from the vibrant workshopping of ideas.Cancel culture is a threat to a liberal society because it seeks to shape the available information rather than seek truth.Practicing toleration for those ideas does not mean merely putting up with them but actually acknowledging the ideas with an open spirit, as Chandran Kukathas, p...
Tags: Google, Politics, Diversity, Society, United States, Paris, Innovation, Sergey Brin, Philosophy, Catholic, Marie Curie, Caribbean, Hamilton, Warsaw, Personal Growth, Soviet Union

Girls, women, and intellectual empowerment

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s nickname in law school was “Bitch.” Senator Elizabeth Warren was sanctioned by her GOP colleagues when “nevertheless, she persisted” in her questioning of soon-to-be Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Senator Kamala Harris reminded Vice President Mike Pence “I am speaking, I am speaking,” as he attempted to interrupt and speak over her in a recent vice presidential debate. CNN found it more important to report that two women won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry than to rep...
Tags: Books, Featured, Elizabeth Warren, Cnn, Gop, Philosophy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Women Empowerment, Kamala Harris, Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Female Empowerment, Arts & Humanities, Girls Education, Miranda Fricker, Epistemic

Don't #WalkAway.

A recent piece at The American Conservative by Rod Dreher, Joe Rogan World vs. NPR World contains these two quotes:...NPR sounds like Vatican Radio from the Church of Secular Progressivism, ...The New York Times reads like L’Osservatore Romano of the same pseudo-religion.Do read the whole thing.  This is not surprising to me, but it is beautifully expressed.Back in 2008 I wrote The Church of the MSM and the New Reformation, a review of media bias as seen through the lens of Professor of Communic...
Tags: Japan, Hollywood, Guns, Education, John Oliver, Berlin, America, Joe Biden, War, Reddit, Philosophy, Jon Stewart, Npr, John Wayne, Hitler, Donald Trump

Seven books for philosophical perspectives on politics [reading list]

2020 has come to be defined by widespread human tragedy, economic uncertainty, and increased public discourse surrounding how to address systemic racism. With such important issues at stake, political leadership has been under enormous scrutiny. For some countries, this has coincided with their election season: Jacinda Ardern has just won her second term in office and the 2020 US presidential election will take place on Tuesday 3 November.As the US election approaches, we’re featuring a selectio...
Tags: Books, Politics, US, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Rawls, Tosi, John Rawls, Arts & Humanities, Jacinda Ardern, Justin Tosi, Warmke, Candice Delmas, Philosophy Reading List, Julia Maskivker, Power Advantage and Human Rights by Madison Powers

Scientism, the coronavirus, and the death of the humanities

“Nearly everyone seems to believe the humanities are in crisis,” huffed the literary scholar Paul Jay in 2014. But Jay wasn’t sold: his skepticism was sufficiently strong, in fact, that he put the word crisis in scare quotes in his book The Humanities “Crisis” and the Future of Literary Studies. Jay turned out to be one among a prominent collection of professors in the 2010s who gainsaid the crisis-talk surrounding the modern humanities.A few short years later, does anyone still believe this? Al...
Tags: Books, Featured, Education, College, Germany, Religion, US, America, History, Harvard University, Literature, Jane Austen, Philosophy, Jay, Humanities, Nugent

Don't Feel Bad About Schadenfreude

On October 2, 2020, reported that searches for the word “schadenfreude” had increased by 30,500% on the site, making it the most popular word of the day. This was, of course, the day it was announced that Donald and Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19.Read more...
Tags: Mental Health, Philosophy, Feelings, Lifehacks, Donald, Melania Trump, Merriam Webster

Podcast #656: The Hidden Pleasures of Learning for Its Own Sake

When we typically think about learning, we tend to think about being in a structured school, and doing it for some reason — to get a grade, to get a degree, to get a certain job. But my guest today says that if we want to live a truly flourishing life, we ought to make time for study and thought long after we leave formal education behind, and embrace learning as something wonderfully useless.  Her name is Zena Hitz and she’s the author of Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellect...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Life, Classics, Philosophy, St John, Zena, St John 's College, A Man's Life, Zena Hitz, Zena Zena

The Japanese Traditions of Sashiko & Boro: The Centuries-Old Craft That Mends Clothes in a Sustainable, Artistic Way

// The state of our troubled planet dictates that disposables are out. Reusables are in. And anyone who’s taught themselves how to mend and maintain their stuff has earned the right to flaunt it! A quick scroll through Instagram reveals loads of visible mending projects that highlight rather than disguise the area of repair, drawing the eye to contrasting threads reinforcing a threadbare knee, frayed cuff, ragged rip, or moth hole. While some practi...
Tags: Google, Art, Fashion, Japan, Instagram, College, Life, History, Philosophy, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Edo, Ayun Halliday, How to Learn for Free, Atsushi, Austin Bryant

The politics of punk in the era of Trump

Trump is Punk! It’s a hashtag. It’s a slogan on t-shirts and trucker hats. It’s a click-bait headline.Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart editor, may have started this buzz with his speech (delivered in drag) at Louisiana State University on 22 September 2016, in which he claimed that “being a Donald Trump supporter is the new punk” because it would “piss off your teachers, piss off your parents, piss off your friends.” Then in October, The Atlantic published “Donald Trump, Sex Pistol: The Pun...
Tags: Books, New York Post, Music, London, Featured, Law, Vladimir Putin, Dicks, Berlin Wall, Berlin, US, America, Reagan, Atlantic, Gop, United States

The Mind on Furlough

I am still furloughed and still on the public dole. It has been just over six months, and if it goes on for only another six that will hit the under for most people's bets. I have been tremendously productive in ways which probably don't count for much. The first thing that happened was that my apartment got very clean; now it is extremely messy, even by my standards. I stopped practicing on July 1 and have not yet resumed. Instead, I have torn through books and records, scrabble word lists and ...
Tags: Books, Technology, Jazz, Philosophy, Scrabble, Lubuntu, Stefan Kac, Lockdown, Furlough, COVID, Intellect And Intellectuals

Black futures in the age of apocalypse

Curating the End of the World deploys Afrofuturism to respond to Covid-19, anti-black violence and capitalism The post Black futures in the age of apocalypse appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Science, Technology, History, Culture, Philosophy, Friday, Apocalypse, Afrofuturism, Blackness, Google Arts And Culture, Red Spring, Stacey Robinson, Sheree Renée Thomas, pan-Africanism, Black Speculative Arts Movement

AITA? How a Reddit forum posed the defining question of our age

Every day, people leave their quandaries on the Reddit website – asking others to judge whether they were in the wrong. As religion wanes, are we crowdsourcing our ethics?First of all, you need to picture the sandwich.This was a 6ft-long party sub from a local deli, with loaves of bread braided together to make one super-sandwich – nearly twice the standard width, and loaded with fillings. It would have comfortably fed 20 to 25 people, and there were far fewer coming over to watch the fight. Con...
Tags: Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, World news, Ethics, Digital Media, Reddit, Philosophy, Aita

Can you solve what an MIT professor once called 'the hardest logic puzzle ever'?

Logician Raymond Smullyan devised tons of logic puzzles, but one was declared by another philosopher to be the hardest of all time.The problem, also known as the Three Gods Problem, is solvable, even if it doesn't seem to be.It depends on using complex questions to assure that any answer given is useful. Despite the general dislike of mathematics that most profess to have, many people enjoy logic puzzles. This is strange, as many logic puzzles are just variations of math problems. Gleefully ign...
Tags: Math, New York, Learning, Russia, Logic, Mit, Rome, Brain, Puzzles, Iowa, Italy, Innovation, Philosophy, University Of Chicago, Mind, Princeton

Watch Cornel West’s Course on W.E.B. Du Bois, the Great 20th Century Public Intellectual

A giant of 20th century scholarship, W.E.B. Du Bois’ career spanned six decades, two World Wars, and several waves of civil rights and decolonial movements; he saw the twentieth century with more clarity than perhaps anyone of his generation through the lens of “double consciousness”;  he wrote presciently about geopolitics, political economy, institutional racism, imperialism, and the culture and history of both black and white Americans; we find in nearly all of his work piercing obser...
Tags: Google, College, Germany, Virginia, West, Dartmouth, Philosophy, Toni Morrison, Shakespeare, Thomas Pynchon, Facebook Twitter, Plato, Cornel West, Robert E Lee, Josh Jones, Du Bois

James Bond Stoicism

One of the things that makes the James Bond books better than the James Bond films , is that while the latter mostly represent not-too-deep action-driven entertainment, the former are peppered with philosophical asides. Ian Fleming’s 007 has arguments with his nemeses on the nature of power and autonomy and discussions with colleagues as to how one can know if they’re really on the right side of things. Bond himself lives with a certain personal philosophy, one that mixes different elemen...
Tags: Books, Life, Russia, Travel & leisure, James Bond, Ian Fleming, Philosophy, Stoicism, Jamaica, Bond, Caribbean, Nassau, Fleming, Sea Island, Clausewitz, A Man's Life

Why aligning AI to our values may be harder than we think

One way we might prevent AI from going rogue is by teaching our machines ethics so they don't cause problems. The questions of what we should, or even can, teach computers remains unknown. How we pick the values artificial intelligence follows might be the most important thing. Plenty of scientists, philosophers, and science fiction writers have wondered how to keep a potential super-human AI from destroying us all. While the obvious answer of "unplug it if it tries to kill you" has many suppo...
Tags: Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Machine Learning, Philosophy, Ai, Morality, Gabriel, Iason Gabriel

“How Stories Heal Us!” By Suzanne Clores. +”The Extraordinary Project” Podcast!

How Stories Heal Us! by Suzanne Clores . I met Lisa Zayas at a California healing conference, back when it was safe to gather in hotel lobbies, lay on indoor massage tables, and touch others with healing hands. The conference was sponsored by IONS (the Institute of Noetic Sciences) where Deepak Chopra would be speaking. […] The post "How Stories Heal Us!" By Suzanne Clores. +"The Extraordinary Project" Podcast! first appeared on
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"Black Sheep Boy," a cartoon on loss in lo-res world

Despite the retro style, Black Sheep Boy is a pretty deep story about childhood and happiness and loss. Director James Molle summarizes it: A young hatted boy's adventures through a strange world inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures. Searching for some happiness he does not know how to find, he engages into a philosophical and personal quest. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Animation, Loss, Philosophy, James Molle

What’s A Good Love Philosophy?

“In for a penny, in for a pound”. It’s occurred to me this is a good philosophy to apply to love relationships in that if you’re going to love someone, then love them! I wrote this post a dozen years … Read More...
Tags: Love, Philosophy, Astrology, Real Life

Kristi Noem, a hero of liberty and reason. Along with Anders Tegnell.

Just chanced upon this. Haven’t finished watching it, but it is absolutely brilliant – the few minutes I’ve watched.
Tags: Travel, Science, Current Affairs, Philosophy, Kristi Noem, Anders Tegnell

How we make moral decisions

Imagine that one day you're riding the train and decide to hop the turnstile to avoid paying the fare. It probably won't have a big impact on the financial well-being of your local transportation system. But now ask yourself, "What if everyone did that?" The outcome is much different — the system would likely go bankrupt and no one would be able to ride the train anymore.Moral philosophers have long believed this type of reasoning, known as universalization, is the best way to make moral decisio...
Tags: Psychology, Decision Making, Mit, Choice, Harvard, Harvard University, Innovation, Philosophy, John, Morality, National Academy of Sciences, Levine, Laura Schulz, Cognitive Science, MIT Harvard, Sydney Levine

Breach of the Nuremberg Code on a mass scale by lockdowns IS definitely a crime against humanity

The breach of the Nuremberg Code on such a large scale that the lockdowns do is, in my view,  LEGALLY a crime against humanity. Here is the proof. All legal documents should probably start including this now, since the matter will probably need to go to the ICC in the future. The “intent” is clear […]
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Why do humans have property?

Property is a rather old subject. We’ve been writing about it since at least the time of the Sumerian tablets, in part, because after four and a half millennia we still haven’t settled on what property is, who has it, how we get it, or even what it’s for. Recently, arguments have surfaced that the destruction of property constitutes serious political speech. But property has a greater, very human, purpose worth understanding.In the humanities, property is theft, violence, the cause of wars and q...
Tags: Books, Property, Philosophy, Jezebel, Aristotle, Social Sciences, Homo, Ahab, David Hume, Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Naboth, Samuel von Pufendorf, Naboth Ahab, Naboth Jezebel

How humans ended up the most altruistic of animals

Humans are more altruistic than any other animal, but why is that?One theory suggests culture and genetics combined to provide groups that worked well together an edge in competition. Others suggest that groups could be subject to evolutionary pressures. Humans are different from other animals in a lot of ways. While some of these differences are obvious to any observer, others are more subtle. Among the latter is our unique approach to altruism. While many animals demonstrate some kind of altru...
Tags: Society, Innovation, Philosophy, Evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Tilburg University, Michael Vlerick, Vlerick