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: 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: 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: a Talk on Postmodernism

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video where philosopher Dr. Stephen Hicks talks about postmodernism. Lately I found myself 'stumbling' on this concept more and more often, so I thought it would be helpful to try and understand it better. In his talk, Dr. Hicks takes the audience not just …

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Spreading the Word: Objectivity and Reality

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video where two philosophers - Daniel Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci - discuss the topics of what is real and what is objective, what are our intuitions about these concepts, and what might the implications be. I found this talk immensely interesting and also easy …

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Spreading the Word: Both Sides of ‘Modernity’

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you one short video from a YouTube channel I begin to enjoy a lot. They are called The School of Life and offer many interesting short videos on a great variety of topics. My today's pick is a video about our current age - also known …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy of Communication

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you 2 videos on philosophy of communication. The first one is a useful short introduction into the main thoughts of a 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein about language and the meaning it is used to convey. I recommend you watch this video first and then proceed …

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Spreading the Word: Art as Consolation

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video on art. It is only 8 minutes long but conveys a valuable thought - art is one of humanity`s chief sources of consolation. Have a look at the video authors` proposed 7 most calming works of art. My personal favourite is No 3 …

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Spreading the Word: Different Worlds

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video. It is a 17 minutes long TED talk recently given by a historian Greg Anderson. He presents an interesting perspective on what history can teach us about our current reality. Potentially - even about the future. Just to give you a flavour - …

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