Monthly Archives: December 2014

Strategies Against a Short Attention Span

So much information competes for our attention and there is too little attention left for the things that truly matter that, in order to be productive, we must highly value our time and be ever mindful of where our attention … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Book Review by Michael Fontaine, and Some Thoughts on Scientism and the Pharmacracy

The latest review of Tending the Epicurean Garden has been published in The Humanist and will print in the Jan-Feb 2015 issue. The reviewer had previously written works comparing Epicureanism (favorably) with the work of psychiatrist Thomas Szasz. This influenced his response … Continue reading

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Atheism 2.1: the Tension Between Atheist Politics and Ataraxia

I finally took the time to watch David Silverman’s firebrand atheism lecture. Silverman is the head of American Atheists. Upcoming atheist conventions in unlikely cities like Memphis, Tennessee and San Juan, Puerto Rico have brought him into my radar, as I’ve … Continue reading

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My Review of the film Ragamuffin

If you want a religion that makes sense, I suggest something other than Christianity. – Rich Mullen Originally, I thought Ragamuffin was a reference to reggae or to Bob Marley. According to the film, a ragamuffin is a soul that … Continue reading

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The ‘Abiding Pleasure’ Discussion

If you look at the ‪#‎new‬ page in Urban Dictionary today, you will find that the Epicurean term “abiding pleasure”, which was submitted by myself, has been accepted and incorporated formally into Urban Dictionary. Here’s the entry, and the example, … Continue reading

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