Category Archives: philosophy

Mary’s Room: A philosophical thought experiment

Imagine a neuroscientist who has only ever seen black and white things, but she is an expert in color vision and knows everything about its physics and biology. If, one day, she sees color, does she learn anything new? Is … Continue reading

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Would you opt for a life with no pain?

Imagine if you could plug your brain into a machine that would bring you ultimate pleasure for the rest of your life. The only catch? You have to permanently leave reality behind. Hayley Levitt and Bethany Rickwald explore Robert Nozick’s … Continue reading

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Andy Clark – Virtual Immortality

Closer To Truth Published on 2 Jan 2019 Virtual immortality is the theory that when the fullness of our mental selves can be uploaded with first-person perfection to non-biological media, then when our mortal bodies die our mental selves will … Continue reading

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In defence of disorder – Aeon

The Buddhist monks from Namgyal monastery in India engage in a ritual that involves the creation of intricate patterns of coloured sand, known as mandalas. As large as three metres across, each mandala requires a couple of weeks of painstaking … Continue reading

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The most groundbreaking scientist you’ve never heard of – Addison Anderson

TED-Ed Published on 1 Oct 2013 View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-most-gr… Seventeenth-century Danish geologist Nicolas Steno earned his chops at a young age, studying cadavers and drawing anatomic connections between species. Steno made outsized contributions to the field of geology, influencing … Continue reading

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Kant & Categorical Imperatives: Crash Course Philosophy #35

CrashCourse Published on 15 Nov 2016 Our next stop on our tour of ethics is Kant’s ethics. Today Hank explains hypothetical and categorical imperatives, the universalizability principle, autonomy, and what it means to treat people as ends-in-themselves, rather than as … Continue reading

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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Wabi-sabi

At the heart of Japanese philosophy and wisdom lies a concept called ‘wabi-sabi’; a term which denotes a commitment to the everyday, the melancholic, the somewhat broken and the imperfect. It’s a term we need a lot more of in … Continue reading

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If anyone can see the morally unthinkable online, what then? Aeon

Imagine you work at a Latex glove factory. One night, you type ‘Latex’ into Google: you’re searching for competitors’ products, but you find other things too. Some of what you find turns you on. But some of it you wish … Continue reading

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The Chinese myth of the immortal white snake – Shunan Teng

Dive into the world of Chinese folk tales with the myth of the white snake, a story of the demon Bai Su Zhen and her love, Xu Xian. — The talented herbalist Xu Xian had just started his own medicine … Continue reading

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Marcus Aurelius — How to Live A Good Life

Freedom in Thought   In this video, I talk about Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius’ concepts of Nature, Justice, and Piety. Sources used: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy & Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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