Wisdom in Botanical Garden

Last weekend I had a chance to go on a short trip to the beautiful city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For those of you who have never been there and who love relaxed atmosphere, good coffee, wine, food, beautiful nature, calm and welcoming people - then definitely visit Slovenia. Of course, whenever the …

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Spreading the Word: Our Last Universal Common Ancestor – LUCA

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video. It is a fascinating story exploring the origins of... well, of all of us and all life around us! Who was our last universal common ancestor? Lovingly nicknamed Luca. After many years of research, we have gained some interesting insights on what was …

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130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Part 1 – Persians Conquer Ionia)

Last week I wrote an introduction article giving an overview of the historical ground we will cover in the roughly 130 years leading up to the famous Greek philosopher Socrates. This post is the first part of our journey. We will visit the Asian side of Greek city-states (Asia Minor): the Ionian region where, so …

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Spreading the Word: Collapse of Civilizations at the End of Bronze Age

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a podcast episode. It is a 1 hour long video where the channel author tells about one of the great mysteries of history: sudden collapse of entire civilizations and systems of the Eastern Mediterranean region in the late 13th/early 12th centuries BCE. It is the …

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130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Introduction)

Pre-Socratics in the history of philosophy are a group of Greek thinkers who lived and contemplated the nature of reality before the great Master of Western philosophy (a bit like Yoda from Star Wars), Socrates, was born. By the way, he was born in Athens in 469 BCE. Despite his monumental role, Socrates was not …

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Spreading the Word: the International Online Philosophy and Music Festival

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a link to an international festival of ideas and music that takes place online this year, on 19th and 20th September. It is the first time they do it fully in a digital format, and it is all going to be live! The festival is …

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Why do We Like Happy Endings?

Many people like stories with happy endings. I am among them. We prefer such stories. We are ready to accept almost any hardship that the characters of a narrative face while the story unfolds, as long as it ends well. As the famous John Lennon`s quote goes: "Everything will be okay in the end. If …

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Spreading the Word: the Origins of Storytelling

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a podcast on storytelling. It is an interview with a Professor of Anthropology Polly Weissner. She talks about her observations concerning storytelling based on the several decades of research work she has done. I found it to be a thoroughly interesting listen, hope you enjoy …

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The Quest for the Unknown in the Familiar: Insights

Having now returned from my vacation and my exploration quest, I would like to offer some insights - to you and myself. This year vacation was a little unusual. I went back home and tried looking at it with fresh eyes, instead of going to some new and yet unfamiliar place. It was a conscious, …

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Spreading the Word: the Art of Looking and Seeing

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I continue the exploring journey theme and share with you an article from a website I'm subscribed to. It`s an article about the book "On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes" by a cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz. After reading this article I was so inspired and intrigued that I …

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