What follows is a quick review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and some philosophical food for thought for those that have read it.
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I recently finished reading Michio Kaku’s thought-provoking book, Physics of the Future. It was packed with vignettes about nanotechnology, robotics, AI, and the future of energy, which are all interesting in their own rights. However, I was most intrigued when Kaku hinted at or asked the reader to consider how we react to science and […]
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Readers of this site will note that I have a broad definition of “philosopher.” My reading list reflects this.
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Recently, I discovered Alain de Botton, a philosopher for the people. Read More
I recently stumbled upon the work of Jason Silva, performance philosopher. What is “performance philosophy,” you ask? One way to look at it is the revitalization of philosophy through short, powerful videos–each about three minutes. Some have described them as “movie trailers for ideas.” Read More
Many people mistake knowledge for wisdom because they are intimately related, and this is unfortunate because they are quite different in an important way. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and information. Wisdom is the synthesis of knowledge and experiences into insights that deepen one’s understanding of relationships and the meaning of life. In other […]
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I just finished the book Siddharta by Nobel Laureate, Hermann Hesse. For a book that’s only 150 pages or so, this book sure packs a punch. If you are at all interested in Eastern thought or Buddhism, I highly recommend this book. It brings up so many great ideas, some of which I’ll discuss below.
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Things were much simpler in the old days. The ancients didn’t categorize everything into the many fields and specialties that we have today; they didn’t even have the scientific method. There was just the unknown and the people who investigated it. There were supernatural explanations (religion) and rational ones (philosophy). “Natural philosophy” later became all […]
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Philosophy is the bedrock on which all else of significance can be built. When you understand how the world works, your place in it, and why you believe what you do, greater things become possible.
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“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” Plato “…A philosopher… has…[a] structure of thought unified by a purpose for his own life and for mankind.” Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, p. 141
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