Cats and the Meaning of Life

"Cats do not plan their lives; they live them as they come. Humans cannot help making their lives into a story. But since they cannot know how their life will end, life disrupts the story they try to tell of it. So they end up living as cats do, by chance."John Gray "Feline Philosophy: Cats …

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Spreading the Word: Intrinsic Value of Education

Today I am glad to share with you a fellow blogger's recent article that I have enjoyed reading very much. It invites us to think about the intrinsic value of education, not just its material and instrumental value in helping us get a well-paid job. Here it is: "Education for Humans" on A Life of …

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New Year Revisited – Why January 1st?

The story behind the tradition to celebrate New Year's eve on December 31st and New Year on January 1st

Quote for the Day

It is all right for the mayflies. It is all right if you know you only have another thirty or fourty years. You can afford to think small. You can find it easy to imagine that you are a fixed thing, inside a fixed nation, with a fixed flag, and a fixed outlook. You can …

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Is Transhumanism Very Human?

"Transhumanism, social and philosophical movement devoted to promoting the research and development of robust human-enhancement technologies. Such technologies would augment or increase human sensory reception, emotive ability, or cognitive capacity as well as radically improve human health and extend human life spans. Such modifications resulting from the addition of biological or physical technologies would be …

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Timon, Pumba, Existentialism

Here is an interesting example of why it is worth the effort to invest time and energy into self-development and learning. It is an example from personal experience. If I were to ask you, what do Disney movies have in common with philosophy, what would your first thought be? I can say for myself - …

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Spreading the Word: Languages and Thinking

This Friday I share with you a very interesting short video on the relationship between languages and thinking. The speakers are discussing their views based on experience and on research evidence as to whether we think differently in different languages. Personally, I am certain that we do. That's why speaking foreign languages is like putting …

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Spreading the Word: New Research on Emotions

This Friday I share with you a fascinating TED talk on emotions. In it, the neuroscientist and professor of psychology Lisa Feldman Barrett talks about the latest research and findings on the nature of our emotions. Where do they come from, what they are, to what extent we can control them, and more. Frankly, I …

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Spreading the Word: Meaningful Conversations

This Friday I share with you an article on how to have meaningful conversations. As many things meaningful, this is a longer read, but it is worth your time. So get comfortable, set aside this time for yourself, and enjoy! When a conversation allows you to better understand something important about yourself, the other person …

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