Spreading the Word: On Living in the Moment

Our experience of time changes throughout life. First, it is an upward climb with a promise of an astonishing panorama at the top of the hill. Then, for some sooner, for some later, there comes a gradual realization that all you can see is a way downward with, perhaps, a distant view of the end …

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Spreading the Word: Chinese Parable about Luck

I stumbled upon this short article by a fellow blogger and book lover on Atkins Bookshelf. It tells a story about a Chinese farmer who takes life as it comes, without judgement. His preferred response to all events is “Bad luck, good luck — who really knows?” This reminds me of an ancient Greek story …

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Spreading the Word: Frankl’s Quotes on Meaning

In this short video, you will hear some of what Viktor Frankl had to say about our need for meaning. Given his severe and bitter personal experience (Nazi camps survivor), I find his thoughtful words particularly inspiring and motivating. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HUtKHLHeAY Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every weekend, I hope to share an …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophers on Authenticity

Continuing the theme of the last weeks, today I share a BBC podcast episode on authenticity. What does it mean to be oneself, is there a fixed self at all, and why should it matter whether we are authentic or not? Philosophers engage in discussing these and other questions, addressing some of the perennial themes …

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Spreading the Word: Fable of the Bees

How can a poem influence economy and what do bees have to do with it? The 18th-century Anglo-Dutch philosopher, physician and satirist Bernard Mandeville has an answer. Fable of the Bees is his book that contains the satiric poem "The Grumbling Hive; or, Knaves Turn'd Honest" (1705) in which Mandeville uses an allegory to show …

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Spreading the Word: What is Phenomenology?

Phenomenology represents a crucial turn in the Western philosophical thinking. Tracing its roots to the 18th-century Enlightenment thinker Immanuel Kant, phenomenology takes human experience of phenomena as its central object and method of study. Although a large and complex topic, I found the following short video to offer an informative introduction and overview of what …

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Spreading the Word: Scientific Revolution

This week I am finishing up the topic of the history of the Scientific Revolution. After having offered my philosophical take on it in the last two articles, I share with you this fun short video from the same YouTube channel that brought you last week's Plato and Aristotle - the CrashCourse. I especially appreciate …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophical Duo – Plato and Aristotle

On Monday, I published the first part of a 2-part article on the history of the Scientific Revolution. My take on its philosophical history, to be precise. In that post, I talk a lot about Aristotle and the centrality of his ideas to the formation of modern science. Today I thought I would give a …

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Spreading the Word: Boring Billion Years

Did you know there was a period in our planet's past that is sometimes referred to as the Boring Billion? Billion years of not much anything?! Have a look and listen to this deep dive into Earth's history to explore how boring that billion really was. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbwUeTyDb0 Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, …

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Special Post: Volunteers Helping Ukraine

This is a very special post. I share with you a video made by one Ukrainian travel video blogger who has a very popular YouTube channel. Ever since the war in Ukraine started, he put all his travel videos on pause and has devoted his separate English-language channel to posting regular updates about the current …

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