Spreading the Word: The Speaking Trees

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you an article about the secret lives of trees. Some of you may already know this but I think it is so amazing that it's worth reminding ourselves - trees communicate to each other, they have their own webs of information flow. There is a series …

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Thales of Miletus or the First Greek Philosopher

The first ancient Greek philosopher on record, by the name of Thales, lived and pondered about the nature of things in the city of Miletus some 2,600 years ago. He is among those thinkers who will be called the Pre-Socratics (all who were before Socrates. i.e. a period of ~150 years). Also, he belongs to …

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Spreading the Word: Interview with Yuval Noah Harari on COVID-19

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you an interview with the famous historian, professor Yuval Noah Harari published on 22.04.2020. In it, professor shares his views on the biggest dangers that face us in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps unexpectedly, he thinks that the virus itself is not our most serious …

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Before Socrates – Origins of Western Philosophy (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I wrote the first part of this article. In it, I started drawing the historical background leading up to the first recorded ancient Greek philosopher - Thales. In this second part, I finish the article and bring our time journey from its last stop (­~10th/9th century BC) some 300-400 years ahead to the …

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Spreading the Word: Seeing the Bigger Picture

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a TED talk given by a historian, professor David Christian. The talk was given in 2011 but its topic is as relevant as ever, especially in times of increasingly narrow focus and related sense of overall separation. Christian introduces us to a special approach of …

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Before Socrates – Origins of Western Philosophy (Part 1 of 2)

It is ironic, really - a man who made it his point to never write down any of his thoughts and claimed that he knew nothing is also the man who is among the most famous western philosophers. One of the "founding fathers", so to speak. I am referring to Socrates, of course. Luckily, his …

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Inspiration for the Weekend – revisiting an older article

This is an ad hoc post outside of my usual schedule. Yet, given the current tough circumstances worldwide, I thought an exception to the rule is permissible. We are approaching a weekend that in some places will last longer than usual and is often associated with nice family traditions (Easter bunny, egg hunt, gathering with …

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Spreading the Word: Newton, Self-isolation and Productivity

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you an article by a professor of science Thomas Levenson published recently in The New Yorker. In it, our seemingly increased expectation to be more productive during the time spent in self-isolation is reviewed from an interesting point of view - taking Isaac Newton as an …

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Socrates in Prison and We in Self-Isolation

Many of us are in self-isolation these days and our freedom of movement (and socialising) is restricted. In most cases, it is because our respective governments decided this way. Although we understand the motivation, the reasoning and the purpose of these imposed measures, still - it is a limitation of some of our basic freedoms …

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Spreading the Word: 5 Questions about Free Will

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video in which various experts discuss the topic of free will. It is an interview that raises 5 questions to several attendees of the Second International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will that was held 1 year ago (March 2019). For me, the most …

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