Monthly Archives: November 2019

Summary of The Philosphy of Epicurus

Epicurus

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Both Ancient India and Ancient Rome knew various types of hedonists. In India, Carvaka proposed that people are and should be motivated by their desire for pleasure. Proponents of Carvaka did recognize that pleasure is often accompanied by pain. However, as cynics about knowledge and the future, they did not develop a system encouraging individuals to forgo short-term pleasure for greater long-term pleasure Continue reading Summary of The Philosphy of Epicurus

Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us

Carl Sagan (1934–1996) is one of my intellectual heroes. I first encountered his work in 1980 watching the 13-part PBS mini-series “Cosmos.” While I had taken many college science courses before that, there was something special about his presentation that excited me, especially his poetic, philosophical monologues. Continue reading Carl Sagan: A Universe Not Made For Us

Countries Ranked on Press Freedom & Response to Climate Change

(This is an addendum to my previous post, “Best Countries to Live In.” I’ve added these two indexes and aggregated their scores with the ones I previously included in my best countries rankings.)

10) Press Freedom Index

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Summary of the Sophists

Salvator Rosa - Démocrite et Protagoras.jpgDemocritus (center) and Protagoras (right). 17th-century painting by Salvator Rosa.

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(A recent post summarized the views of Protagoras, who is generally regarded as the first and most important Sophist. Here is a brief summary of some other Sophists.) Continue reading Summary of the Sophists

This Is How We Know Christianity Is a Delusion

Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. Continue reading This Is How We Know Christianity Is a Delusion