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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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: Existentialism

Today I share with you a short video about Existentialism. I think they've managed to capture the main ideas of this philosophical attitude nicely and have presented them in a clear way. We are all after meaning in our lives. And there is absurdity in that. Why? Well, as an existentialist would say - because …

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“The Power of Myth” by Joseph Campbell

It is a great book. A wealth of treasures to awaken your hungry imagination. Myths contain such depth of meaning that one needs an experienced guide to help reveal their wisdom. No doubt, Joseph Campbell was an amazing guide who had a life-long passion for myths (ever since his boyhood!). If you have ever tried …

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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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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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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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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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Xenophanes from Colophon – a Pre-Socratic Greek Philosopher (ca. 540 BCE)

In my last article on the exploration of the historical context of the time around 130 years before Socrates, we discovered the events of roughly 50 years of the 6th century BCE. It was the time when most known philosophical activity of the Greeks was still taking place in their Ionian city-states, on the coast …

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