Hermann Hesse’s “Siddhartha” on Seeking and Finding

Towards the end of his life, the main protagonist of Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha, the wise man, shared one of his thoughts with a friend: “When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because …

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Spreading the Word: Free Will Anyone?

This Friday I share with you a short video on free will. In it, this complex topic is explored from a scientific and, ultimately, philosophical perspective. I wonder, do we all even mean the same thing when referring to free will? Could free will be a concept we use to describe an evolutionary adaptation that …

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Heraclitus on Wisdom

Heraclitus is a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher still known more than 2,500 years after his days for such utterances as "All things change" and "You cannot step in the same river twice" (the latter is the most famous translation but perhaps not the most precise one). He held the view that reality is One, all is …

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Spreading the Word: Russian Folklore – Baba Yaga

This Friday I share with you a podcast/video episode on Baba Yaga. She is an important and versatile character in the Russian and broader Slavic folklore. The video offers an interesting deep-dive into the nature, origins, and various interpretations of Baba Yaga. When growing up, I remember reading folktales and later watching some cartoons where …

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Life Path Choice

Do we always choose the road or does it also choose us? I mean a metaphorical road, a life path. Is our relationship with the path more like with a person or an object? Photo by Karsten Würth on Unsplash If I want an object, I can go and get it, provided there are no …

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Spreading the Word: Languages and Thinking

This Friday I share with you a very interesting short video on the relationship between languages and thinking. The speakers are discussing their views based on experience and on research evidence as to whether we think differently in different languages. Personally, I am certain that we do. That's why speaking foreign languages is like putting …

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Experience vs Thought

If you had a free evening and were offered to read either Romeo and Juliet or a scientific research paper about neurochemical processes people refer to as love, which would you choose? Image from Pixabay It depends on your mood, I suppose, and on your priorities at that particular moment. But I believe I would …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Tea

This Friday I share with you a short video on the surprising connection between philosophy and tea. Something as simple as a cup of tea can play a significant role in a balanced and wise life, according to Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyū. Best enjoyed with your favourite tea! Link to the video: Philosophy of …

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