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When Design Is Hostile On Purpose

Intentionally unpleasant structures are intended to shape human behavior<p>The purpose of design in public spaces is typically to make objects and environments more comfortable, functional, and convenient. But in some cases the exact opposite is true. Design can be intentionally repellent, …

Stoicism and the Logos

<i>And the end and the beginning were always there</i> <i><br>Before the beginning and after the end.</i> <i><br>And all is always now. Words strain,</i> <i><br>Crack and sometimes break,</i> …

Theology

Marcus Aurelius on Mortality and the Key to Living Fully

“The only thing that isn’t worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly. And be patient with those who don’t.”<p><i>“Death is our friend,”</i> Rilke wrote in an exquisite 1923 letter, <i>“precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that</i> …

Bertrand Russell

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

Dogs

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Philosophy goes where hard science can't, or won't. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this …

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 …

Tinhouse demonstrates the beauty of simple forms, basic materials

The Isle of Skye is barren and windy, and buildings are often simple and minimal. The latest from Rural Design Architects reflects this; the …

Windy

The Debate Over Time's Place in the Universe

Physicists can’t agree on whether the flow of future to past is real or a mental construct.<p>Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in …

Physics

Plato’s Two Charioteers: Free Will, Moral Agency, and How to Negotiate Our Capacities for Good and Evil

“Freedom isn’t the absence of control; rather, control is the essence of freedom.”<p><i>“If I conclude that there is no free will,”</i> astrophysicist Janna Levin observed in her spectacular conversation with Krista Tippett, <i>“it doesn’t mean that I should go run amok in the streets. I’m no more free to make</i> …

Greek Philosophy

Science and Religion

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …

Alan Turing

Virtue Ethics - By Branch / Doctrine - The Basics of Philosophy

Introduction | History of Virtue Ethics | Criticisms of Virtue Ethics<p><b>Introduction</b><p><b>Virtue Ethics</b> (or <b>Virtue Theory</b>) is an approach to Ethics that …