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December 26, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

This Week 7’s (12.14 – 12.31) Affirmation: Mindfulness – I will reach for mindfulness each day.
Date – 12.26.17
B-Book 44: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
The key message in this book: Often we stop dead in our tracks …

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What are some ugly truths of life?

April 22, 2020 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

I just love this list that I lifted from Quora – written by Jasmin Mous, 

Evil exists. There are people who have chosen to destroy everything and everyone that comes into their way.
Empathy is NOT a …

What successful people have in common?

April 21, 2020 – 1:22 am | No Comment

The below list was lifted from Quora and is authored by Adam Fayed Founder of Global Online Financial Advisory Firm.  I really like this list a lot.  I think just successful is enough though – …

Do not weep for your dead: how to mourn as the Stoics did

August 24, 2018 – 12:04 am | No Comment

Imagine you are at a child’s funeral. The child is yours. The air is numb with silence. An ache so deep you can barely breathe moves through you, until it bursts and you cry out …

Dread accompanies me through life but it is not without consolation

February 21, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

One morning, my father died at home. I awoke to a call for help – my name shouted once, loudly, desperately, fearfully, by my mother – ran into my parents’ bedroom, and found my father …

Bad things happen for a reason, and other idiocies of theodicy

February 2, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

The problem of evil is a classic dilemma in the philosophy of religion. The relative ease with which the problem can be stated belies the depth of the challenge that it presents to traditional monotheism. …

What the childless fathers of existentialism teach real dads

January 6, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

Existentialists encourage their readers to take full responsibility for the course of their lives, and also to venture beyond one’s self-imposed limits. This is what Nietzsche means when he commands us to ‘give birth to …

The Top 10 Philosophical Ideas That Everyone Should Understand? 

November 1, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Alex Bützow, Nordic Law Student1. Introspection.Introspection is one of the most fundamental necessities of trying to understand who you
1. Introspection.
Introspection is one of the most fundamental necessities …


August 20, 2015 – 2:07 am | No Comment

A list of resources from around the Web about or by Christopher Hitchens as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.

‘Fighting Words’ (HItchens’ Column in Slate Article)

The New York Times Reviews of Books …


July 19, 2015 – 3:58 am | No Comment

Is there life after death? We recognize the radical disruption that death represents. In a moment, your memories, your experiences, your personality all seem to disappear. With your last breath, you cease to exist. From dust you came and to dust you return.
Source: Slate.com | Big Ideas
My …

Who can Prove that 1 = -1?

July 9, 2015 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

I came across this really intriguing question a few day ago in my readings.  You might find it somewhat geeky if math is not your thing; otherwise, let curiosity lead you.
In the very first lecture, …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

May 31, 2015 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter …

Sam Harris: Death and the Present Moment

December 21, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
Sam Harris: Death and the Present Moment

Another of Sam illuminating talks.  It doesn’t really matter to me what one’s concept of the God or the Afterlife is…it really only matter that to live in and experience the present; it would also …

Sam Harris: It is Always Now

December 21, 2013 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
Sam Harris: It is Always Now

I am an avid reader of all things Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.  I totally enjoy their frank and clear point of view regarding religion, philosophy and meaning of life.  Here Sam gives a pretty …

Pastor Yousef: Convert or Die – Tehran delays execution to try to force Christians to apostalize

December 19, 2011 – 8:40 am | No Comment

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian cleric facing death for the crime of apostasy against an Islamic faith he never held, has been given a temporary stay of execution. Iran’s top judge, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, instructed presiding Judge Ghazi …

Saudi woman beheaded for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’

December 13, 2011 – 11:16 pm | No Comment

A woman was beheaded in Saudi Arabia for practicing witchcraft and sorcery, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said, prompting Amnesty International to call for a halt in executions there.
Amina bint Abdel Halim Nassar was executed Monday …

Dr. King Weeps From His Grave

September 18, 2011 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

THE Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was to be dedicated on the National Mall on Sunday — exactly 56 years after the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi and 48 years after the historic March …

American Theocracy Revisited

September 1, 2011 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

During George W. Bush’s presidency, many liberal and secular Americans came to regard religious conservatives not merely as their political opponents, but as a kind of existential threat. The religious right, they decided, wasn’t a …

Dangerous White Stereotypes

August 29, 2011 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

One of the most noteworthy movies of the summer is “The Help.” Set in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, it focuses on the relationships between white upper-middle-class women and the black domestics who took …

Magician Penn Jillette Says 'God, No!' To Religion

August 20, 2011 – 10:33 pm | No Comment

Even if you believe in God, you might still be atheist. That’s what Penn Jillette argues in his new book God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.
The louder half of …

Questioning the Existence of Adam and Eve

August 13, 2011 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Engraving Of Adam And Eve

Let’s go back to the beginning — all the way to Adam and Eve, and to the question: Did they exist, and did all of humanity descend from that single pair? According to the Bible …

Putting an Antebellum Myth to Rest

August 2, 2011 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

Was slavery an idyllic world of stable families headed by married parents? The recent controversy over “The Marriage Vow,” a document endorsed by the Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, might seem like …

It's Very Hard — And Very Useful — To Admit How Much We Don't Know

July 17, 2011 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

Philosophy as an Art of Dying

June 18, 2011 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

It happens rarely, but when it does it causes a commotion of great proportions; it attracts the attention of all, becomes a popular topic for discussion and debate in marketplaces and taverns. It drives people …

Bad Faith: Religion Kept Couple from Treating Baby

June 3, 2011 – 10:15 pm | No Comment

BAD FAITH - Religion kept couple from getting baby’s tumor treated, prosecutors say
The parents of an 18-month-old girl are on trial for criminal neglect after allowing tumor near her left eye to grow to the size …

10 Reasons You Shouldn't Have a Religion

February 1, 2011 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

While consciously pursuing your spiritual development is commendable, joining an established religion such as Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism is one of the worst ways to go about it. In this article I’ll share 10 reasons …

Date with The Departed

November 1, 2008 – 8:57 am | No Comment

THE pumpkins, penny candy and neighborly hordes of goblins and ghosts shouting “Trick or treat!” remind us of the ancients and their belief that the souls of the dead must be appeased. But it’s the …

My Idea of Right vs Truth

February 25, 2006 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

I would rather be truthful than be right. Right is relative and is underpinned by perception. Truth is not, it is not constrained by perception. It is pricipular in nature and without bounds.
Truth stands alone. …


December 27, 2005 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

People who want to share their religious belief with you almost never want you to share yours.

Priests Citing New Problem in Gay Policy

November 24, 2005 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

Published: November 24, 2005
A day after the disclosure of a new Vatican directive that deters most gay men from joining the priesthood, some priests say they are shocked by one easily overlooked clause. …

Growth of Islam in Russia Brings Soviet Response

November 22, 2005 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

Published: November 22, 2005
CHERKESSK, Russia – Security officials here in Karachayevo-Cherkessia, a restive republic on Russia’s mountainous southern border, have a secret list of people who are kept under scrutiny.
Those on it …