Hospitality in the “Odyssey”

It is one of the world's classics, Homer's Odyssey. The story of Odysseus' adventures on his 10-years-long homeward journey after the 10-years-long Trojan war is a legendary one. It is also an old one - first written down roughly some 2,700 years ago and probably existed in the oral tradition before that. If you have …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy for Tough Times

One day later than usual, but still. Today, I share with you a short but, hopefully, inspirational video. It is a collection of uplifting philosophical quotes to give you extra bit of belief in your inner strength to deal with any problems you might be facing. Enjoy and keep well! Link to the article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ZCZx6EzDc

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Why Do We Underestimate?

Why is it that we often underestimate the big importance of small things? Even though each time we do, we get taught a lesson by life to remind us that the devil is, indeed, in the details. He comes out when those details get underestimated. Photo by Jian Xhin on Unsplash Is it because we find …

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Spreading the Word: Reality Needs Fiction

Today, I share with you a very interesting article. It tells about maintaining one's humanity in extreme circumstances. Perhaps surprisingly, fiction helps us deal with reality. Imagination. Hope. The 'as-if' philosophy. Enjoy the read! Link to the article: https://psyche.co/ideas/how-emil-utitz-salvaged-his-humanity-in-a-non-human-world Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an …

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Small Things Matter

"Never underestimate the big importance of the small things." Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels A quote from the book 'The Midnight Library' by Matt Haig published this year. This, very strange, very unusual and very memorable year of 2020. The first book that I have seen to be dedicated not to some close friend of family member, …

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Spreading the Word: Trans-Siberian Railway Stories

Today, I share with you an article and a short video created by the Russian-Swedish filmmaker Anastasia Kirillova about the stories of the staff working for the 9,289 kilometres long Trans-Siberian railway in Russia. As they describe it, "It pulls you in." Enjoy! Link to the article and video: https://psyche.co/films/it-pulls-you-in-the-staff-seduced-by-the-rhythms-of-the-trans-siberian-railway Image from Pixabay Keeping up …

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The Stories Told by Our Dreams

What do you dream about when you sleep? What about your friends, relatives? Sometimes it can be a lot of fun sharing those strange stories from our dreams. After all, they are just strange stories, they do not really mean anything. Or do they? Image by intographics from Pixabay Here is a thought to ponder …

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Spreading the Word: Day of Philosophy & Post No 100!

This is a special post on a special day. It is the annual World Philosophy Day, celebrated by UNESCO with a dedicated programme on the 19th and 20th November. What a great occasion to share with you the 100th post on the humanfactor.blog! "Philosophy is an inspiring discipline as well as an everyday practice that …

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To Explain or to Describe?

Last week I posted an article on the main approaches to thinking about the laws of nature. In short, we can demand that laws explain nature or we can be satisfied with them merely describing nature. But can we always tell the difference? Do we always know when we are just describing and when we …

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Spreading the Word: 2’000 year-old history of ‘Googling’

Today I share with you a an interesting article about the history of knowledge storage and search. In short - about libraries. I found it fascinating to learn how people developed improved ways of storing, codifying and searching for information. Have you ever heard about the great ancient library of Alexandria? Those are the beginnings …

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