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One of the most famous living philosophers says much of philosophy today is “self-indulgent” — Quartz. Zen. A Parable Buddha told a parable in a sutra: A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.


Fundamentalists Think Science Is Atheism - Beacon Broadside. 2375619.pdf. Nietzsche Quotes: Will to Power. Suppose nothing else were "given" as real except our world of desires and passions, and we could not get down, or up, to any other "reality" besides the reality of our drives--for thinking is merely a relation of these drives to each other: is it not permitted to make the experiment and to ask the question whether this "given" would not be sufficient for also understanding on the basis of this kind of thing the so-called mechanistic (or "material") world?...

Nietzsche Quotes: Will to Power

In the end not only is it permitted to make this experiment; the conscience of method demands it. Not to assume several kinds of causality until the experiment of making do with a single one has been pushed to its utmost limit (to the point of nonsense, if I may say so)... From Beyond Good and Evil, s.36, Walter Kaufmann transl. Eugenics. While eugenic principles have been practiced as far back in world history as Ancient Greece, the modern history of eugenics began in the early 20th century when a popular eugenics movement emerged in Britain[8] and spread to many countries, including the United States and most European countries.


In this period, eugenic ideas were espoused across the political spectrum. Consequently, many countries adopted eugenic policies meant to improve the genetic stock of their countries. Such programs often included both "positive" measures, such as encouraging individuals deemed particularly "fit" to reproduce, and "negative" measures such as marriage prohibitions and forced sterilization of people deemed unfit for reproduction. People deemed unfit to reproduce often included people with mental or physical disabilities, people who scored in the low ranges of different IQ tests, criminals and deviants, and members of disfavored minority groups.

History[edit] Upanishads. The Upanishads (/uːˈpænɪˌʃædz, uːˈpɑːnɪˌʃɑːdz/;[1] singular: Sanskrit: उपनिषत्, IAST: Upaniṣat, IPA: [upəniʂət̪]; plural: Sanskrit: उपनिषदः) are a collection of texts in the Vedic Sanskrit language which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, some of which are shared with Buddhism and Jainism.


[note 1][note 2] The Upanishads are considered by Hindus to contain revealed truths (Sruti) concerning the nature of ultimate reality (brahman) and describing the character and form of human salvation (moksha). The Upanishads are sometimes referred to as Vedanta ("Last part of Veda") when interpreted in the context of Uttara Mimamsa. But according to the Brahmasutra, the Upanishads address a different subject matter (inquisition into Brahman), and the subject matter of the Vedas is inquisition into ritual action.

Most interpretations of the Brahmasutra are clear that one does not have to master the Vedas first to study the Upanishads. Etymology[edit] A trip into the depths of spirit. Returning with healing. Rocky Road: Descartes. Descartes From Measuring Eternity by Martin Gorst That the earth is governed by natural laws hardly sounds original today, but when René Descartes first articulated the philosophy in the early 17th century, it was revolutionary — and dangerous.

Rocky Road: Descartes

His mechanistic philosophy suggested that the universe might function fine without incessant divine intervention. But what else could be expected from the author of the statement, "I think, therefore I am"? In fact, debates about his unorthodox ideas prompted a philosophical passion fairly unfamiliar to modern academia, including an "outbreak of fisticuffs and hair-pulling at a disputation" in 1648. Marcus Aurelius and source checking. "Live a good life.

Marcus Aurelius and source checking

If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. " - Marcus Aurelius I really do love this quote, and agree with the sentiment it espouses. Virtue for the sake of virtue is something anyone can aspire towards, and is one of the central principals of virtue ethics. Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

“You’re a wizard, Harry,” Hagrid said.

Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“And you’re coming to Hogwarts.” “What’s Hogwarts?” Harry asked. About Project Reason. Project Reason is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society.

About Project Reason

We seek to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy through a variety of interrelated projects. The foundation can convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific studies and opinion polls, hold contests, publish original research, award grants to other charitable organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals — all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.

A new exposé of Mother Teresa shows that she—and the Vatican—were even worse than we thought. First Christopher Hitchens took her down, then we learned that her faith wasn’t as strong as we thought, and now a new study from the Université de Montréal is poised to completely destroy what shreds are left of Mother Teresa’s reputation.

A new exposé of Mother Teresa shows that she—and the Vatican—were even worse than we thought

She was the winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, was beatified and is well on her way to becoming a saint, and she’s universally admired. As Wikipedia notes: [She was] named 18 times in the yearly Gallup’s most admired man and woman poll as one of the ten women around the world that Americans admired most. In 1999, a poll of Americans ranked her first in Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.

In that survey, she out-polled all other volunteered answers by a wide margin, and was in first place in all major demographic categories except the very young. International Humanist and Ethical Union. The Deen Institute - Home. The Deen Institute - Home. The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Vatican corrects infallible pope: atheists will still burn in hell. The Vatican has announced that, despite what Pope Francis has said, atheists are still going to hell.

Vatican corrects infallible pope: atheists will still burn in hell

Myth, Legend, Folklore, Ghosts. Apollo and the Greek Muses Updated July 2010 COMPREHENSIVE SITES ON MYTHOLOGY ***** The Encyclopedia Mythica - SEARCH - Areas - Image Gallery - Genealogy tables - Mythic Heroes Probert Encyclopaedia - Mythology Gods, Heroes, and MythDictionary of Mythology What is Myth? MESOPOTAMIAN MYTHOLOGYThe Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology Sumerian Gods and Goddesses Sumerian Myths SUMERIAN RELIGION Mythology's Mythinglinks: the Tigris-Euphrates Region of the Ancient Near East Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters of Mesopotamia The Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ More info on Ancient Mesopotamia can be found on my Ancient River Valley Civilizations page. GREEK MYTHOLOGYOrigins of Greek MythologyGreek Mythology - MythWeb (plus a fun QUIZ)Ancient Greek Religion Family Tree of Greek Mythology Greek Names vs.

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast. We’ve done a lot of episodes now, and even we lose track of where we’ve been. We aim (among other things) to present the equivalent of an introductory course in all the major areas of philosophy. Here’s where I’ll periodically comment on our progress. Episode 11: Nietzsche’s Immoralism: What Is Ethics, Anyway? Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:51:38 — 102.2MB) Consciousness Evolution. Ontology. Parmenides was among the first to propose an ontological characterization of the fundamental nature of reality.

Samadhanga Sutta: The Factors of Concentration. Moral particularism. Nathaniel Branden. Joseph Prince Ministries. Declaration against interest. Marriage. Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.[1] The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.

When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes. Who they marry may be influenced by socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice and individual desire.

Etymology. Ideas with Paul Kennedy. Michel Foucault. Hippocratic Oath. Mithraism and Christianity. By Acharya S/D.M. Murdock. Philosophy. Page 2: Martin Luther King's Speech: 'I Have a Dream' - The Full Text. <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Western Philosophy. Learning to move like a cat « Aspiring Taoist. Twelve Virtues of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky. 18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama.

Syntactic Structures. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Bill of Rights (including the Preamble to the Bill of Rights) Introduction to Mind and Consciousness. The Woman With 7 Personalities Part 2. Social philosophy. - Pondering the Big Questions.