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Diogenes in a Jar (and Jarred by Diogenes)

The first Thoreau, a jar for a cabin, focused on the light: __________ The above painting, by Jean-Leon Gerome, was made in 1860, very near to the time that Thoreau wrote Walden (1854) and Darwin The Origin of Species (1859). … Continue reading

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Paul Davies Intellectually Jacob-Wrestles with the Ontological Mystery (the Mystery of Being)

Physicist Paul Davies, from the conclusion of his book, The Goldilock’s Enigma: So, how come existence? At the end of the day, all the approaches I have discussed are likely to prove unsatisfactory. In fact, in reviewing them they all seem … Continue reading

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Once You Leave the Realm of the Empirical, How Do You Discriminate Between Non-Empirical Languages?

I think this is a very tricky question. Once you leave the sciences and the languages of empiricism that scientists speak to one another in, or once you come up against questions that empiricism cannot directly address (such as should … Continue reading

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What I Believe About Religion

I don’t believe that any of the specific gods (Zeus, Allah, Yahweh, Vishnu etc.), in their contingent culture-based personalities, exist. But I do believe that the ontological mystery to which people direct their religious gestures (like prayer, candle-lighting etc.) speak … Continue reading

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Sisyphus Pushing v. Buddha Sitting

Someone recently said to me that to conclude that the universe is without purpose needn’t lead to pessimism and Albert Camus-like rebellion (as I have been suggesting lately). Nihilism might just as well mean “the loss of misery and despair as well. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Einstein on the Ontological Mystery (Mystery of Being)

Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal deity, but he was willing to talk about the ontological mystery (the mystery of being) in ways that bordered on the religious: The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. … Continue reading

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