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LSD, Yoga, and the Therapeutic Process of ‘Ego Dissolution’

Doing yoga and dropping acid used to be countercultural pastimes, but now the medical Establishment has taken a turn toward mind expansion: It seems …

Alexander the Great as a God

The age-old concept of the “divine right of kings” allowed that a country’s ruler received his or her power or authority from God. However, few, if …

A Doctor Who Series 1 Parody Promo That Mimics the Style of the Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In tribute to the 10 year anniversary of the <i>Doctor Who</i> reboot and the new Star Wars film, superfan VG934 created “TARDIS Awakens“, a parody trailer …

Star Wars

On Art and Masturbation

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

Andy Warhol

What Wiped Out Three Quarters Of Ancient Greece?

One of the great early civilizations collapsed in a mere fifty years, with 75% of the population disappearing a century later. What the hell happened …

Ancient History

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders: “Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!”

Trump’s a carnival barker, but funnier than Stewart. Richard Dawkins is a joke. Sanders and Drudge earn approval<p>In part one of our three-day conversation with Camille Paglia, the brilliant cultural critic talked Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton and the odd, persistent return of '90s political correctness. …

Bernie Sanders

Graphic: A History Of Ancient Philosophy

<b>Graphic: A History Of Ancient Philosophy</b>by <b>Noet Scholarly Tools</b><i>This post is offered by Noet Scholarly Tools who are offering TeachThought readers 20%</i> …

Philosophy

Understanding Brainwaves to Expand our Consciousness

The human brain is a complex entity constantly at work, sending electrical signals, communicating, building new neural connections and so on. This …

How to save liberal arts education

Will the liberal arts survive the economic and technological disruptions of the present moment? Probably — though probably not with anything like the …

Humanities
Humanities

Beethoven's Punk-Rock 8th Symphony

200 years old today, it remains a gonzo, satirical, life-affirming masterpiece that never quite got its due.<p>Ludwig van Beethoven may have been the most serious guy in all of classical music.<p>The popular image of him is one of heroism, severity, and backs aching for the lash as musical commandments …

A crazy new theory solves 40-year-old mystery about what happens inside of a black hole

What happens once you cross this threshold is a long-standing mystery that the world's leading scientists have been pondering for decades with little headway.<p>Now, a recent paper presented at a conference in Paris this week has proposed a solution by looking at black holes in a completely different …

Physics

The Key Ideas of Western Philosophy

John Greenbank searches history for answers to persistent questions.<p>The history of philosophy must be understood as a series of serious intellectual …

The Religion With No Name

Brian C. Muraresku, <i>GrahamHancock.com</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>“The man of a traditional culture sees himself as real only to the extent that he ceases to be …

44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “philosophical film”? <i>The Matrix</i>, most likely, an obvious example of a movie—or franchise—that explores …

Such a Stoic

How Seneca became Ancient Rome’s philosopher-fixer.<p>Sometime in the spring of the year 59, the emperor Nero decided to murder his mother. As you can imagine, the two were not on good terms. In a gesture designed to appear conciliatory, Nero invited his mother, Agrippina, to join him at a festival in …

Ancient History

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers

Liberal arts and the humanities aren't just for the elite.<p>Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. But I also teach Plato to nurses’ aides, soldiers, ex-cons, preschool music teachers, janitors, …

We now have the technology to really test Einstein's theory of relativity

A century ago this year, a young Swiss physicist, who had already revolutionized physics with discoveries about the relationship between space and …

The Meaning of Sacred Geometry

<i><br>The following originally appeared at</i> Sacred Geometry International<p>Most of us tend to think of geometry as a relatively dry, if not altogether boring, …

The Nondual Roots of Indian Thought and Religion

Nondualism was developed earliest, and was most thoroughly explored, in India. Yet the first Indian scriptures, <i>the Vedas</i> (roughly 1000 BCE) are …

Cannabis And The Pineal Gland : Turn On The Third Eye

By In5D on March 2, 2015 in Meditation<p><i>The Pineal Gland or the ‘Seat of the Soul’ as described by Rene Descartes, is the focal point of our spiritual</i> …

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

Bertrand Russell

“People could die and that’s OK”: Why the right’s free-market health philosophy is ludicrous

With this week’s insanity, it’s time to call GOP’s health care approach what it is: a death trap for the non-rich<p>It was startling to see physician and Senator Rand Paul claim the other day that people on disability were faking bad backs and anxiety to get on the dole and cheat the taxpayers. These …

Health Care

You don’t have a soul: The real science that debunks superstitious charlatans

Trust science, not myth: Religious hucksters with claims of immortal souls are lying. Let’s embrace reality<p><i>Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know</i> …

Consciousness

The surprising reason why the animal rights movement is failing

The way we treat nonhuman animals has never been worse, say activists Lori Marino and Michael Mountain<p>Lori Marino and Michael Mountain have spent much of their lives fighting for the rights of animals (or, as they'd prefer we call them, nonhuman animals) — she as a leading authority on marine …

The problems with capitalism, as explained by a Minecraft hedge fund manager

<i>Minecraft</i> is a video game about placing blocks, but when Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for its developer Mojang, it wasn't just buying virtual Lego. It was buying a tool powerful enough to map entire countries, it was buying a way of involving citizens in public space design, and it was buying a …

The Art of the Umbrella Movement

HONG KONG -- Born of political frustrations, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement has blossomed into a vibrant exhibition of the artistry and inventiveness of the city's youth. Pro-democracy demonstrators are transforming a major swath of the city into a canvas, with much of the imagery focused on the …