Our Universe: Fine-Tuning or Coincidence?

Our universe could have developed in a great number of different ways. Yet, it developed in such a way that allowed complexity and, in time, life to emerge. How so? For what reason? And, perhaps more importantly - why does it matter to even think about such things? Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay People have …

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Spreading the Word: Human Nature

This week I share with you a video/lecture where the late philosopher Mary Midgley talks about her views on human nature. She is a thinker I will be definitely reading more of! Link to the lecture: https://aeon.co/videos/the-self-is-not-always-selfish-mary-midgley-takes-on-richard-dawkins my photo Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an …

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Thoughts and Pictures from a Sleepless Night

Sometimes, falling asleep just doesn't work. Your mind refuses to let go. So I thought - what about offering some pictures to it instead of force-feeding it with sleep. It's anyway too late, you will anyway feel half-dead in the morning. Funny enough - forcing yourself to sleep is just as useless as forcing yourself …

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Spreading the Word Special Edition: a Picture and 2 Quotes

"The ends of things are always painful. But pain is part of there being a world at all." J. Campbell my photo "You've got to say yes to this miracle of life as it is, not on the condition that it follow your rules." J. Campbell keep exploring!

14 Philosophical Quotes – October Edition

It is now middle of October and my last post with philosophical quotes was on June 1st. I think the time has come to revive this tradition. So, here they come - my latest selection of philosophical quotes for you. I am an owl from Pixabay. Here is May selection of philosophical quotes. Hope you …

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Spreading the Word: ”The deep Anthropocene”

Today, I share with you an article that explores something called the Anthropocene - a period in Earth's history where humans have significant influence on nature. There is a growing interest both among scientists and the general public about the idea that we might have enetered into a new age, the name for which is …

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Understanding is an Interaction

Whenever we are trying to understand the world, we are, by extension, trying to understand ourselves. Whether we are aware of it or not. Indeed - whether we want it or not. We bring ourselves along to every encounter with the world, and we experience each such encounter through ourselves. We don't really have any …

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Spreading the Word: What Would Aztecs Say?

Today, I share with you an article on something very interesting. We all have our sets of moral values, have heard about different systems of ethics and so on. But have you ever thought what kind of ethics did the Aztecs have? What did they consider the right and proper behavior, and what was frowned …

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One Way to Rule Them All?

What is your preferred way of looking at the world? Of assessing it? Of discriminating between various options and choosing your course of action? Not easy questions, no easy answers. Unless there is one Way to rule them all. But is there? Photo by Alex Kalinin on Unsplash Having read a discussion between two philosophers …

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Spreading the Word: Creativity is Vitality

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a TED talk. For me, it was really inspiring, and I fully agree with the relevance of the idea that our creativity is not just something nice and fluffy to play around with when we happen to have some free time. No - our creativity …

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