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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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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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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What Does It Mean to Be a Hero?

One day many, many years ago I was working on an assignment for my literature class at school. We had read the story of the national mythological hero and had to write an essay on it. I can no longer remember the exact title of the essay, but it had to do with heroism and …

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Spreading the Word: Pillars of Meaning

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video. It is a 2017 TED talk given by the writer Emily Esfahani Smith. She has studied how people find and create meaning in (and for) their lives, and has come up with a suggestion of the results - she refers to them as …

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Meaning in the Words – Where it Comes From?

"The ships leave shore,Minerva steers."Homer, The Odyssey, Book Two A very short line of only six words. What does it tell us? Does it tell us anything meaningful? Well, that depends on whether we know what or who Minerva is, but more than that - our appreciation of these words rests on our understanding of …

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The Meaning of Objectivity, Reality, Truth – Part II (Final)

In the first part of this article (published last week), I stopped at the appearance on the stage of Plato and his ideas of what is real, as expressed in his famous cave allegory. Now, I jump right in and pick up from exploring Plato`s thoughts on the topic of reality. Afterwards, I offer some …

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Inspiration for the Weekend – revisiting an older article

This is an ad hoc post outside of my usual schedule. Yet, given the current tough circumstances worldwide, I thought an exception to the rule is permissible. We are approaching a weekend that in some places will last longer than usual and is often associated with nice family traditions (Easter bunny, egg hunt, gathering with …

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Need for Meaning of our Symbolic Self

"He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How."Nietzsche image from pixabay When you land on my blog's first page you can read a description about how humanfactor.blog was born and what are my fundamental ideas underlying its content. The very first thing you read there is the following: "We humans …

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Thoughts on “A Brief History of Thought” by Luc Ferry

In one of my previous articles (Why Philosophy), I briefly mentioned a book: A Brief History of Thought, a philosophical guide to living, by Luc Ferry. Now I have finished reading it and would, therefore, like to share my thoughts on it in more detail. A very short summary of my impressions, however, is this: …

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