Monthly Archives: August 2016

Epicurean Bible Verses

Anyone who is among the living has hope —even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: Woodland Aborigines Invent Music and Dance

Grandfather Nietzsche said that he could never worship–or even trust–a god that didn’t dance. Dance implies letting go, losing our inhibitions and releasing tension, being free. We regain our innocence, in some way, when we dance. Because of its trance-inducing powers, music also … Continue reading

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Humanist Values and the Olympics

The Olympics remind us every four years how resilience, discipline, goal-setting, confidence, and other wholesome human values can pay off. It makes sense that these kinds of games were an important part of humanist culture in antiquity in almost every Greek city: … Continue reading

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Birth of an Olympian Hero

22-year-old Tennis player Monica Puig, only moments ago, secured the gold medal in Rio after an amazing and unexpected rise from being among the top forty players in the world (her rank among women players was 34 prior to Rio 2016) … Continue reading

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#PorqueLaVidaEsUna

Today I would like to honor the memory of another one of the Pulse victims. 24-year-old Jonathan Camuy worked for Telemundo, a Spanish-language channel, where he worked in La Voz Kids, and was known by many celebrities. In all his … Continue reading

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Cyrenaic Reasonings V: an Aesthetic Education

While discussing the literature of Walter Pater, Kurt Lampe argues that the function of (rational hedonistic) philosophy is “to remove impediments to the purest and most immediate reception of … experiences”. Here, as I discussed in Tending the Garden, philosophy (literally, … Continue reading

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