Category Archives: Review

Sense8: a Hedonist Saga

One woman in Korea escapes jail using superhuman strength lent to her by someone who experiences all her senses in India … or Chicago, or Nairobi in the African country of Kenya. She then steals a car using the skills of … Continue reading

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The Bonobo and the Atheist Book Review

This book review was originally posted in societyofepicurus.com. Today I’m reviewing the amazing book The Bonobo and the Atheist by Dutch anthropologist Frans de Waal. The author takes a soft, humanist approach to atheism and morality, focusing on the study of … 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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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part V

Part IV On Gurus Harris believes that the guru-disciple relationship is not necessarily to be avoided or thrown out. Mentors can be useful, and sometimes necessary for gaining certain insights. He gives one sign of a potentially healthy guru: humility. He also prudently … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part IV

Part III Against the War on Drugs In Waking Up, Harris takes time to join the many voices that are calling for decriminalization of mind-enhancing drugs and advocates their use to experiment with altered states of mind. This, he acknowledges, … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part III

Part II On Harris’ Insight into Katastematic Pleasure Harris refuses to label abiding pleasure as such, however in his approach to happiness he does make a case for it while discussing the logic of retreating from the world. If there exists … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part II

Part I Tackling the Doctrine of Anatta That principle is the subject of this book: the feeling that we call “I” is an illusion. There is no discrete self or ego living like a Minotaur in the labyrinth of the … Continue reading

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