Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Should an Epicurean Humanist Support the #BaltimoreUprising?

I just finished reading Salon.com‘s republishing of an article titled Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy. The piece reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a reader of my book who had … Continue reading

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Eleventh Taoist Contemplation: People Like the Side Paths

The relationship between naturalism, tranquility, and simplicity is explored. The great Tao is broad and plain But people like the side paths Tao Te Ching, Chapter 53 The above portion of Taoist scripture is immediately reminiscent of the “pedantry of Aristotle” … Continue reading

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Secular Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous & Applying Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy

The May-June 2015 issue of The Humanist includes a few pieces on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, which has recently been exposed by EXPAA, Leavingaa.com, Penn & Teller and others as an inefficient recovery therapy that’s only supported with … Continue reading

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Tenth Taoist Contemplation: Laissez Faire

Laissez Faire is a French term that translates as “allow doing“, or “let it be“. The Taoists have frequently been labeled libertarian. Their attitudes towards government are consistent with everything else about them: by not engaging in forceful action, and … Continue reading

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The #Lucretius Meme Campaign

SocietyofEpicurus.com has published a series of memes based on Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), the 1st-Century great Epicurean masterpiece which proposed natural explanations for things that inspired superstitious fear and awe in ancient man (like the … Continue reading

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On Neocles’ and Chaerestrate’s Son

The mother is always an important shaper of the character of a child, usually the most important instructor and moral exemplary. Frequently, contemplations of the moral character of personalities like Jesus and Krishna have focused on their upbringing and pasttimes as … Continue reading

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