A Picture and A Quote

"Knowledge that is absolutely certain of its infallibility is faith."From Yevgeny Zamyatin's dystopian novel "We" (my translation) Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote his dystopian novel "We" during the early days of Soviet Russia (in 1920-1921). Considered to be the originator of the dystopian novel genre, it was first published in English in 1924. January afternoon at the Baltic Sea …

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Taoist Quote from the Archive

Either in conflict with others or in harmony with them,we go through life like a runaway horse, unable to stop.Working hard until the end of his life,unable to appreciate any achievement,worn out and incapable of resting,isn't he a pathetic sight?He may say, 'I'm still alive,' but so what?When the body rots, so does the mind …

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Book Review: P. Adamson “Al-Kindi”

As promised, here comes my review of philosophy professor Peter Adamson's 2007 book on al-Kindi, the 9th-century Arabic polymath and philosopher. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. And enjoy the read! The book was published in 2007 as part of the series 'great medieval thinkers'. Al-Kindi is a ninth-century Islamic thinker and he …

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Taoist Quote

Either in conflict with others or in harmony with them,we go through life like a runaway horse, unable to stop.Working hard until the end of his life,unable to appreciate any achievement,worn out and incapable of resting,isn't he a pathetic sight?He may say, 'I'm still alive,' but so what?When the body rots, so does the mind …

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A Quote for the Week

Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.H.D. Thoreau in Walden keep exploring and don't be afraid of being lost from time to time!

Thoughts on Ian McCrorie’s Book “A Lifetime Doing Nothing”

This short book by the Canadian author Ian McCrorie is a collection of personal stories, stories of others, and insights gained from experience, all of which centres around one skill - doing nothing. If that sounds like no skill at all, keep on reading. Doing nothing, understood in the way McCrorie explains it, might be …

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Book Review: “Mind and Cosmos” by Thomas Nagel

Thomas Nagel is a renowned contemporary American philosopher, born in Belgrade (modern-day Serbia) on July 4, 1937. Outside philosophical circles he is perhaps best known for his 1974 essay "What Is It Like to Be a Bat?" where he argues against the material/physical reductionist account of the mind and especially - of consciousness. This remains Nagel's central …

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A Timeless Story of Integrity and Popularity

Once, a long time ago, there was a man who lived in Rome. It was a time before Rome was the centre of an empire. Back then, it was a city competing with others in their tribal wars. This man was a brave soldier, a decorated military leader, a noble protector of his city. And …

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