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  • From "The Moral Animal" ~ Author: Robert Wright

    - April 21, 2022
    Its conceivable that Darwin’s values, ironically, drew a certain strength from his pondering of natural selection. Think of it: zillions and zillions of organisms running around, each under the hypnotic spell of a single truth, all these truths identical and all logically incompatible with one another: “My hereditary material is the most important material of earth; its survival justifies your frustration, pain, even death” And you are one of these organisms, living your life in the thrall of…

  • Excerpt

    - April 11, 2022
    William James, who, more than a century ago, in his book ‘Varieties of Religious Experience’ www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/621/pg621.txt tried to find a framework that would encompass all the forms of experience, Eastern and Western, that we call religious. James said that, in the broadest sense, religion can be thought as “the belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmonious adjusting ourselves thereto. ~ Page 261 ~ “Why Buddhism Is True” ~ Robert Wright

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    - April 11, 2022
    ‘Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary’ defines a moment of truth as “a moment of crisis on whose outcome much or everything depends.”

  • William James Quote

    - April 10, 2022
    “Between what a man calls me and when he simply calls mine the line is difficult to draw.” ~ William James (AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST)

  • Quote

    - March  8, 2022
    “A psychological analysis of the faculty of language shows, that even the smallest proficiency in its might require more brain power than the greatest proficiency in any other direction” ~ Chauncey Wright plato.stanford.edu/entries/wright

  • An Excerpt

    - February 28, 2022
    Beware of the Pigeon League’. The warning came from Galileo’s closest friend in the city, the artist Lodovico Cardi (known as Cigoli) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigoli w;ho was currently working on a remarkable fresco on the dome of Santa Maria Maggiore. It depicted the Madonna standing on the moon -- the moon as revealed by Galileo’s drawing, www.italyonthisday.com/2016/09/cigoli-painter-and-architect.html all pickmarked and irregular. The Pigeon League was his code for malicious group ready…

  • Kepler

    - February 28, 2022
    ’Harmony’ was, for Kepler, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Kepler the key to the understanding of ‘life, the universe and everything.’ In 1611, before the invention of the microscope he wrote a paper about snowflakes. Transferring his attention from the vastness of space to the minutiae of frozen water droplets, he described the beautiful and invariable geometrical precision of their 60-degree structures and sub-structures. He went on to speculate: what further structures might lie beyond w…

  • Kant - A biography ~ Manfred Kuehn

    - February 14, 2022
    Still later, Kant tried to fix the argument by introducing language first used by Fichte plato.stanford.edu/entries/johann-fichte The subject constitutes itself as a subject. Kant now argues that we can be aware of being moved only insofar as we move ourselves, and, more importantly, that we are aware of other things only insofar as we are aware of our ourselves. In a most remarkable passage, Kant claims that “Iam an object of myself and of my representations that There is also something externa…

  • "Kant ~ A Biography"

    - February 12, 2022
    . . .(1) The “beautiful is what pleases in the mere estimate formed of it (consequently not by the intervention of any feeling of sense in accordance with a concept of the understanding.) From this it follows immediately that it must please from all interest.” (2) The “sublime is what pleases immediately because of its opposition to sense.” It is “an object (of nature) whose representation determines the mind to regard the elevation of nature beyond our reach as equivalent to the presentatio…

  • Kant - A biography ~ Manfred Kuehn

    - February  2, 2022
    . . . Kant believed that it is in our fortieth year that we finally acquire a character No one who in his way of thinking is conscious of having character can have such character by nature. Rather, it must always be acquired. We may also assume that the foundation of this character and its beginning wiol be unforgettable. It is like a kind of rebirth, like a certain solemn kind of promise to oneself. Education, examples, and teaching cannot gradually bring about this firmness and constancy in…

  • "The Invention of Science" ~ David Wootton

    - January 16, 2022
    So even before the microscope had been put to serious use, the telescope created vertiginous sense of the infinite vastness of the universe and the insignificance of human beings when viewed, in the mind’s eye, from outer space. In the Lucretian universe the gods are indifferent to human beings, and human beings are an accidental consequence of the random jostling together of atoms. The Scaling Revolution had the effect of forcing even those who continued to believe in the divine architect to…

  • ^^

    - January 14, 2022
    "Do not suppose that I was a very deep thinker, or was marked as a precocious person. I was a very lively imaginative person, and could believe in the Arabian Nights as easily as in Encyclopedia!" ~ Faraday.

  • Excerpt: "USEFUL DELUSIONS" Author Shankar Vedantam

    - December 18, 2021
    In ‘Civilization and Its discontents’ www.stephenhicks.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FreudS-CIVILIZATION-AND-ITS-DISCONTENTS-text-final.pdf Sigmund Freud wrote, “One can try to recreate the world, to build up in its stead another world in which its most unbearable features are eliminated and replaced by others that are in conformity with one’s own wishes. But whoever, is desperate defiance, sets out upon this path to happiness . . . becomes a mad man” This idea that being mentally healthy m…

  • Why Darwin Matters ~ Michael Shermer

    - November 27, 2021
    As a historical science, evolution is confirmed by the fact that so many independent lines of evidence converge to its single conclusion. Independent sets of data from geology, paleontology, botany, zoology, herpetology, entomology, biogeography, comparative anatomy and physiology, genetics and population genetics, and many other sciences each point to the conclusion that life evolved. This is a convergence of evidence. Creationists can demand “just not proved through a single fossil. It is prov…

  • Huxley

    - October 19, 2021
    Science is "Organized common sense"

  • ^ ^

    - October 17, 2021
    When the past has ceased to throw its light onto the future, the mind of man wanders in obscurity. ~ Tocqueville.

  • Action and the "pursuit of Happiness" ~ Hennah Arendt

    - October  9, 2021
    What most interests us here is not the truthfulness of a person but the truth of a story, and the story tells us that there exists such intense happiness in acting that the actor like a gambler, will accept that all the odds are stacked against him. This I admit, is difficult to believe; what convinced me that I had heard a truth was that the story remained me instantly of a strange passage in the last letters exchanged between Jefferson and John Adams, when, at the end of their long lives…

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