Monthly Archives: December 2018

Rediscovering Cabbage: Pancit, Sauerkraut, Tikel Gomen

I’m a huge fan of cabbage. I wasn’t before, but as three of my favorite restaurants on Earth are Ethiopian, and in my neighborhood, I’ve learned to love tikel gomen–an Ethiopian stew made from cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Prior to … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth and Happy Humanlight!

Happy 20th to all the Epicureans everywhere, and Happy HumanLight to all my subscribers! We’ve reached the solstice, the time of the year when the day is shortest and the night is longest. This means that light is reborn and … Continue reading

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The Tao of Bitcoin

Recently, while reading Ontology of Motion and revisiting Lucretius’ poem, the Taoist metaphor about how the nature of things is like water was in the back of my mind. While considering the way in which water and air and galaxies move in … Continue reading

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On Motion

The following is the conclusion of the book review of Thomas Nail’s Ontology of Motion, with links to all previous entries. Intro: On the Subject of Definitions Ontology of Motion vs. Epistle to Herodotus The Tao of Lucretius Gravity Versus Freedom … Continue reading

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Lucretius’ Venus

The following is a continuation of the book review of Thomas Nail’s Ontology of Motion. Many philosophical and humanist traditions refer to ancient myths to impart their teachings. Jung employed Wotan. Existentialists employed Sisyphus. Rand employed Atlas. Epicurean mythography has always revolved around … Continue reading

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On Relativity

The following is part of my book review of Thomas Nail’s Ontology of Motion. All motions are relative to other bodies or to observers. When one studies the nature of things, particularly considering that there is no center of the universe–only perspective–, it … Continue reading

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Gravity Versus Freedom

The following is part of my book review of Thomas Nail’s Ontology of Motion. In Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, we see that lightness/laughter (which Nail connects directly to Venus) is at war with the so-called spirit of gravity, which takes itself too seriously. And when … Continue reading

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