Spreading the Word: Human Nature

This week I share with you a video/lecture where the late philosopher Mary Midgley talks about her views on human nature. She is a thinker I will be definitely reading more of! Link to the lecture: https://aeon.co/videos/the-self-is-not-always-selfish-mary-midgley-takes-on-richard-dawkins my photo Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an …

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Spreading the Word Special Edition: a Picture and 2 Quotes

"The ends of things are always painful. But pain is part of there being a world at all." J. Campbell my photo "You've got to say yes to this miracle of life as it is, not on the condition that it follow your rules." J. Campbell keep exploring!

Spreading the Word: ”The deep Anthropocene”

Today, I share with you an article that explores something called the Anthropocene - a period in Earth's history where humans have significant influence on nature. There is a growing interest both among scientists and the general public about the idea that we might have enetered into a new age, the name for which is …

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Spreading the Word: What Would Aztecs Say?

Today, I share with you an article on something very interesting. We all have our sets of moral values, have heard about different systems of ethics and so on. But have you ever thought what kind of ethics did the Aztecs have? What did they consider the right and proper behavior, and what was frowned …

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Spreading the Word: Creativity is Vitality

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a TED talk. For me, it was really inspiring, and I fully agree with the relevance of the idea that our creativity is not just something nice and fluffy to play around with when we happen to have some free time. No - our creativity …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy vs Democracy (and what Socrates thought about it)

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a short video. It is a provocative invitation to assess our uncritical value of democracy as the ultimate good. To what extent is it good, really? I found it interesting that both crucial achievements of Ancient Greeks - philosophy and democracy - were far from …

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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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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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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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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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