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Happy Twentieth: Neural Pathways in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura

Happy Twentieth to all the Epicureans everywhere! Today I will share a portion of the Lucretian text that explains the ancients’ conception of neural pathways, the modern confirmation of which sparked the emergence of the scientific field of neuroplasticity, or … Continue reading

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Utilitarian Reasonings II: Of the Higher Pleasures

One of the archaeological objects found in the villa of the papyri at Herculaneum, together with the Epicurean scrolls written by Philodemus of Gadara, was the leaping pig sculpture which has become symbolic of the Epicurean community. The origin of … Continue reading

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“This Week in Epicurus” Newsletter

As some of you may know, the “Happy 20th” newsletter won’t be running any more and instead New Epicurean has updated the quality of their “This Week in Epicurus” newsletter. The last couple of entries have been of very good … Continue reading

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Epicurean Writings by Cassius Amicus

Cassius Amicus, the founder of newepicurean.com, is a prolific writer of educational material on Epicurean philosophy and one of the first people in our century to dedicate himself to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens. It was, in part, thanks … Continue reading

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Oinoanda: “What the Truth Was Before it Turned into Ruins”

Even if you carve the truth on a gigantic rock mass, in the end, there will be no one to understand it. It will eventually merge into the soil and keep waiting to be understood. As human beings occupy themselves … Continue reading

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The Tablet of Yays and Nays

Here I sit and wait, old broken tablets around me, and also new ones only partially written upon. – Thus Spake Zarathustra Zarathustra and Moral Realism Studying Thus Spake Zarathustra shortly after studying Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape brought up … 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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On the Architecture of Pleasure

In my recent visit to the federal capital, I was taken in by the majesty, the beauty and the history of the buildings of our government (and corporations, these days there’s no clear boundary).  If I had not understood the … Continue reading

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Society of Friends of Epicurus

The Society of Friends of Epicurus (ISFE) was recently founded in February of 2013. Epicurus was one of the first philosophers who spoke about the atom (2,300 years ago). He was an ethical materialist philosopher who linked the ethics discourse … Continue reading

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