Ronald Lem

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Rules for the Direction of the Mind: Descartes’s 12 Timeless Tenets of Critical Thinking

“We ought to give the whole of our attention to the most insignificant and most easily mastered facts, and remain a long time in contemplation of them until we are accustomed to behold the truth clearly and distinctly.”<p>In the late 1620s, about a decade before he coined <i>Cogito ergo sum</i> (“I think, …

Critical Thinking

Mind Before Matter: How Consciousness is Making a Comeback Through Scientific Exploration

A person’s worldview has always been shaped by their culture and period in history. If we grew up in a tribal setting, we would have a remarkably …

A Philosopher's Guide to Happiness

Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide is worth reading. Frederic Lenoir explores what the greatest thinkers — Aristotle, Plato, Chuang Tzu, Voltaire, …

Philosophy and “The 100” - Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Science fiction will meet philosophical scrutiny in a Carnegie Mellon University classroom this semester.<p>Students in the Freshman Seminar “Philosophy …

Humanities

Epicureanism: The original hippie commune and the birth of the American dream

let me ask you a question. Are you happy?“Quit kidding yourself!” says Epicurus.It is more than likely that you might think that you are happy, but …

Salman Rushdie: These Days, 'Everyone Is Upset All The Time'

Salman Rushdie's new novel, <i>Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,</i> seems to transpose the Arabian Nights of long ago to modern-day New York City. A thunderstorm overturns the city and upsets the laws of the universe with myth and magic.<p>The jinn have come back after an 800-year exile, and …

Stanford scholar upends interpretation of philosopher Martin Heidegger

After a lifetime of studying the German philosopher's groundbreaking works, Stanford Religious Studies Professor Thomas Sheehan concludes that …

You Are God: The True Teachings Of Jesus | The Galactic Free Press

Source: www.wakingtimes.com | Original Post Date: November 14, 2014 –<p><b>In this article we will explore how the true teachings of Jesus can be summed up</b> …

Spirituality

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer

<b>(akindo via iStock)</b><p>Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t?<p>Lala Stone<p>July 5, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Christopher Obal used to be a Christian. He grew up in Queens, New York, and when he was 5 years old, his parents left Catholicism for a …

Nietzsche on Buddhist Philosophy

<b>Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.</b><p>Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was one of the most profound and influential philosophers. Nietzsche, exerts a powerful and …

Questioning the Hype About Artificial Intelligence

Fresh fears about the singularity have prompted new critiques of what it will mean for humanity.<p>Artificial Intelligence has always been hyped by its often-charismatic enthusiasts; lately it seems that the hype may be coming true. Media pundits, technologists, and increasingly the broader public see …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Define the 6 Criteria of Well-Being

Professor Carol Ryff studied well-being before it was cool. Twenty years before we all start talking about well-being and thriving, Ryff was already quietly working on the problem at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.<p>She ended up creating one of the first systematic models of psychological …

The examined life: why philosophy needs to engage with the world, but hasn't

“What do you do for a crust?” is usually one of the more predictable questions you’ll be asked at a social gathering. It’s classic small talk – we …

Unleashing the creative: Nietzsche, the phenomenologists and the good life

<i>Art is the supreme task,</i> <i>as Nietzsche would have it. How can we balance creativity with rationality? And what are the dangers of letting the Dionysian</i> …

Why remember and be sad when you could happily forget? – Marianne Janack

I teach a course on personal identity, and one of the authors we read is John Locke, the 17th-century English philosopher who tells us that our …

An Unexamined Life is NOT Worth Living

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” The quote is attributed to Socrates. For a highly learned man not known for frivolity, these are very …

Will Our Robot Overlords Be Freer Than Us? A Philosophical Investigation

Give the British a perfectly normal story about robots, and they will turn it into a disquisition on freedom. In the recent posthumanist film <i>Ex</i> …

New Translation of Descartes Brings Philosophy to the Bro Masses

Bros, Dudes, Brahs, and Homies, rejoice!<p>I know philosophy can be, like, hard, and stuff, but never fear—Tommy Maranges is here to help distill some …