I recently read the historian Yuval Noah Harari’s extraordinarily astute piece, Why Fiction Trumps Truth, in the May 24, 2019, New York Times. Here is his opening paragraph: Continue reading Truth and Power? Commentary on “Why Fiction Trumps Truth,” by Yuval Noah Harari
A recent post suggested that while we are individually insignificant we may be significant nonetheless by being a part of something larger than ourselves. This led me to consider how dependent we are at all times on others. In this spirit, I say remember that … Continue reading The Myth of the Self-Made Man or Woman
“Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”
~ Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in “Casablanca.” Continue reading Anti-Biography
My friend Ed Gibney has written on each and every one of the thought experiments in Julian Baggini’s, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher. He has also summarized his own 100 blog posts on Baggini’s 100 thought experiments in “What I learned from 100 Philosophy Thought Experiments.” Continue reading What is A Worldview?
A colleague elucidated a thoughtful reply to those who believe that culture needs a vision of an ideal future. In my case this vision is of a future where our post-human descendents attain higher levels of being and consciousness. Our role in the drama is as protagonists in that evolutionary epic, and this provides (roughly) the meaning of our lives. Continue reading A Vision of the Future