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I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons

I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons
How can we do the right thing?Force Majeure If you had lived in Germany in 1939, would you have helped protect Jews or gone along with their systematic extermination? If you had been an MP 10 years ago, would you have milked your expenses for what they were worth? And if you and your family faced a threat, would you protect them or save yourself? We all like to think that in such situations our basic decency would shine through, but we can never know. In the aftermath, several characters try to excuse him. Aristotle’s insight was that we rarely have the time or opportunity to sit down and think about what the best thing to do is before acting. We can pretend that Tomas just had a moment of madness where his primal survival instinct took over, but his wife, Ebba, knows better, and so do we. Force Majeure tells us what Aristotle knew: unpredictable events happen, random “acts of God” for which no one is responsible. Julian Baggini’s Freedom Regained, is published by Granta, £14.99.

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44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “philosophical film”? The Matrix, most likely, an obvious example of a movie—or franchise—that explores timeless questions: Who are we? What is reality? Are our lives nothing more than elaborate simulations programmed by hyperintelligent supercomputers? Okay, that last one may be of more recent vintage, but it’s closely related to that ancient cave allegory of Plato’s that asks us to consider whether our experiences of the world are nothing more than illusions emanating from a “real” world that lies hidden from view.

Parallel worlds exist and interact with our world, say physicists Quantum mechanics, though firmly tested, is so weird and anti-intuitive that famed physicist Richard Feynman once remarked, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Attempts to explain some of the bizarre consequences of quantum theory have led to some mind-bending ideas, such as the Copenhagen interpretation and the many-worlds interpretation. Now there’s a new theory on the block, called the “many interacting worlds” hypothesis (MIW), and the idea is just as profound as it sounds. The theory suggests not only that parallel worlds exist, but that they interact with our world on the quantum level and are thus detectable.

Life, The Universe, and Everything: Film Reviews: Run, Lola, Run (Lola Rennt) “Did you run all the way here?” "The breathless pace of Run Lola Run is positively exhausting, stimulating and inspiring." ( Dedicated to Paul Nnodim Hello. I am back. Buddhism and the Brain: Mindfulness in Modern Times by Derek Beres Evan Thompson is a professor of philosophy at the University of British Colombia who specializes in cognitive science, Buddhism, and philosophy of mind. His latest book, Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy, investigates the intersection of brain science and Buddhism in an honest, non-judgmental fashion that's true to neuroscience and psychology without negating the metaphorical value of millennia-old aphorisms. With an emphasis on dreaming and the complex facets of consciousness, Thompson does a wonderful job at connecting old Buddhist and Hindu concepts with contemporary learnings in the realm of the human brain. I recently chatted with him about these topics. Let's get right to the heart of the matter: What is consciousness?

Movies and Philosophy Now: Dark City and Living beyond the Cage of the Mind by Christopher Barr “I shall suppose that some malicious demon of the utmost power and cunning has employed all his energies in order to deceive me.” - Rene Descartes Charles Darwin Would Be Ashamed of 'Social Darwinism' by Big Think Editors Charles Robert Darwin (1809 – 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and introduced the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life. More than any other person in history, Darwin shaped our fundamental view of life. Species diversification through natural selection is the principle through which we understand the great diversity of life on our planet, as well as the genesis of our own species.

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The Saha World - The Six Spiritual Realms of Good and Evil The Saha World - The Six Spiritual Realms of Good and Evil The First Six Spiritual Realms are known variously as The Saha World - the world that must be ‘endured’ Samsara - the ‘wandering’ or transmigration ‘Life & Death’, or ‘Birth & Death’ - The realm of mortal self-existence The Wheel of Good & Evil, the cycle of karma & retribution The Threefold Realm of desire, form & formlessness The 25 States of Existence It is the realm in which ordinary human existence is said to wander through the countless cycles of Life & Death from the lowest hell (Avici - the unrelenting Hell) to the highest heaven (Akanistha - the ultimate peak of Heaven). In being viewed as six spiritual realms, they are divided into three realms of evil and three realms of good: The Great Calm-Observation says: "The mind that breaks the precepts of morality falls into hell, The stingy and selfish mind falls into demonic hunger, and the unrepentant mind falls into brutality."

What is money? — Aeon Ideas Money is not a store of value. It is a claim on value. This might sound like pedantic semantics, but it is crucially important, especially if you’re trying to alter how it works. Imagine a Coca Cola bottle with Coke in it. That bottle is a store of value.