Western Philosophy

Dialectic in Rhetoric: Definitions and Discussions

Definition<p>In rhetoric and logic, <i>dialectic</i> is the practice of arriving at a conclusion by the exchange of logical arguments, usually in the form of …

16 Blissful Quotes on Motivation to Make You Turn New Page in Your Life

1. Know or listen to those who know. – Baltasar Gracian<p>2. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time …

Self-improvement

Today in History

Today in History<p>Today is Saturday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2017. There are 71 days left in the year.<p>Today's Highlight in History:<p>On Oct. 21, 1917, …

U.S. Supreme Court

50 Classic Books to Read When It's Too Cold to Go Outside

There’s something about cold weather that makes retreating to a cozy nook in your home with a good book and a cup of tea so appealing. While there …

Literature

The Not-So-Radical “Socialist” From Vermont

Photo by AFGE | CC by 2.0<b><br>Time as a Democracy and Socialist Movement Issue</b>Working-class and pro-working-class socialists and left anarchists have long …

Liberal View

Can We Still Rely On Science Done By Sexual Harassers?

The pandemic of sexual harassment and abuse—you saw its prevalence in the hashtag #metoo on social media in the past weeks—isn’t confined to Harvey …

American Philosophy

Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 compared to 1917

Photo by Nagarjun Kandukuru | CC by 2.0<i><br>Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the</i> …

Economics

23 Amazing Quotes That Inspire You To Think Differently

When everyone looks and thinks the same, only stagnation is achieved. These people will help you rise above the norm.<p>I just returned from a month traveling in South Africa. I was fascinated in many ways how it resembled the USA. In fact, the food, culture, and attitudes are so similar, if you …

Motivation

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

“Always remember: Your focus determines your reality.” Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn shares this advice with Anakin Skywalker in <i>Star Wars,</i> but in our hyper-distracted work world, it’s advice that we all need to hear.<p>Technology has undoubtedly ushered in progress in a myriad of ways. But this same force …

Henry David Thoreau

What is space? The 300-year-old philosophical battle that is still raging today

Mountains. Whales. The distant stars. All these things exist in space, and so do we. Our bodies take up a certain amount of space. When we walk to …

Physics

Russia Is Using Marxist Strategies, and So Is Trump

Moscow's meddling in the U.S. election was aimed at stoking social tensions. Sound familiar?<p>Karl Marx and his followers argued that revolutionaries should disrupt capitalist societies by "heightening the contradictions." Russia used a version of that Marxist idea in its efforts to disrupt the 2016 …

Business

Just Destroy Every Statue and Monument Ever Erected. Problem Solved?

A campaign has been sweeping across the United States to literally erase reminders of the days when the Confederate States of America formed after …

Christopher Columbus

Rosie the Programmer: the feminist tech pioneers of World War II

When people think of the female workers who helped the U.S. triumph in World War II, they typically think of Rosie the Riveter: the ubiquitous symbol …

U.S. Navy

Don’t go overboard with fall in NYC, please

Single red leaf pressed inside book, for rediscovering and sighing over in January<p>Arms toned by lifting a thousand pumpkins in front of face, for …

New York City

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ actress and Hollywood conservative: Why the #Resist movement has it completely wrong

Since President Trump’s election, many progressives who are determined to oppose everything he does have branded themselves “the Resistance.” That’s the same name used by heroic anti-fascist freedom fighters who risked their lives to fight Nazi forces in Europe in World War II.<p>This is absurd. …

Opinion

Capitalism is ending because it has made itself obsolete, former Greek finance minister Yannis Varoufakis says

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has claimed capitalism is coming to an end because it is making itself obsolete.<p>The former economics …

Greece

Why Supply-Side Economics Is Right And Keynesian Economics Is Wrong

From the time of Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations” through the early twentieth century, economists nearly unanimously agreed on how an economy works: …

Economics

Socialism Vs. Capitalism: Karl Marx Vs. Howard Marks

This past week, I spent some time with two famous men named Marx and Marks.<p>The first is the infamous Karl Marx, who authored "The Communist …

Business

12 tips for handling loneliness on the road

Are you an experienced solo travel who still feels the sting of being a stranger in a strange land? It’s all well and good to love some time to …

Henry David Thoreau

1841: Words Do Not Suffice

The lives of the musicians are imperfectly written for this obvious reason. The soul of the great musician can only be expressed in music.<p>This …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is Pet-Love Caused By A Virus of the Mind?

Is our love of pets caused by metaphorical mental viruses?<p>In a previous post, I argued that we humans are the only animal to bring members of other …

Pets

The Falsification Mindset: How to Change Your Own Mind

A simple practice to boost intelligence, avoid cognitive bias, and prove your own ideas wrong<p>In the middle of the 20th century, philosopher and …

British Philosophy

Is Henry David Thoreau a Philosopher, Too? Andrea Nightingale Votes Yes. - Los Angeles Review of Books

“He wanted to hear the language of the earth.”<p>This year our nation celebrates the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau. But few of the commemorations …

Henry David Thoreau

UK lawmakers vent anger at PM May's fragile government over welfare reform

LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers from Britain's ruling Conservative Party vented their anger on Wednesday against Prime Minister Theresa May's pursuit of welfare reforms, reinforcing doubts about her authority over a party divided by Brexit.<p>Several members of May's party spoke out against the …

Brexit

New Evidence Reveals Pythagoras Wrote Dozens Of Unhinged Conspiracy Theorems About Triangles

CAMBRIDGE, MA—A trove of recently unearthed documents dating back to the sixth century B.C. has revealed that the ancient Greek philosopher and …

Humor

21 Awesome Quotes on Success to Boost Your Mind

1. Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.<p>2. Success is not the absence of failure; it’s …

Self-improvement

May’s Brexit chasm — Welfare day — Labour exodus

<b>By JACK BLANCHARD</b><p><b>Good Wednesday morning</b>.<p><b>HOW TO START YOUR DAY:</b> Tory MP Tim Loughton spends an hour in the bath every morning “just thinking about …

European News

Trump’s America: Anti-Intellectual and Proud of It

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA: Even now, polls suggest that about 40 percent of Americans regard Donald Trump as a suitable president. In essence, this …

British Philosophy

Laura Dassow Walls: “We have misread Thoreau, tragically” | Library of America

Back <b>Laura Dassow Walls: “We have misread Thoreau, tragically”</b><p>News October 16, 2017<p>Laura Dassow Walls: “We have misread Thoreau, tragically”<p>Published …

Literature

Five Famous Writers Who Got Away From It All

History is ripe with men who turned their backs on convention to create works of genius. The hermit in the cave, the poet in the garret, the mumbling …

Henry David Thoreau