Landscape with the Fall of Icarus is a large painting from the 1560s that hangs in Belgium’s largest museum, the Musée des Beaux Arts – and is held to be a meticulous copy of an original (now lost) work by the Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. It shows a superficially bucolic scene: ships […]Read more "A Reason Not To Worry What Others Think"
Space the final frontier Except, we don’t have cool spaceships because the US government has a bit of a thing for aircraft carriers, F35’s, and ships bristling with guns. The United States spends roughly 600 billion dollars per year on the military. Which is about 54% of the annual discretionary budget. By comparison, NASA only […]Read more "What If NASA Had The US Military’s Budget"
Joe Mercaldo Have you ever been there? Do we all start out that way? I mean it’s like in school when you’re asked to take a test, where you circle the correct answer: Are you going to pick A, B or C? It has to be one and everyone is only going to choose one, […]Read more "Atheism In The Bible Belt"
Changes From Doctor Who to Rick and Morty to Star Trek to The Twilight Zone and many, many others, we have lots of stories about time standing still. But does that idea actually make sense, and what would it be like if it did? There seems to be an intimate connection between time and change. […]Read more "What If Time Stopped?"
Religion There’s a popular idea that religion is about believing certain things to be true. If you read a lot of atheist writers actually, they’ll often talk about whether the central claims of religion are true and make sense, and apologists will argue back that do. And that is absolutely valid and valuable discussion: believing […]Read more "Religion Vs Atheism"
Why Did The Egyptians Build Pyramids? The ancient Egyptians believed in life after death, they preserved the bodies of the dead by mummification. Members of the royal family were kept in the pyramids which were actually grand graves made for the pharaohs. Scientists have found mummies in many pyramids. The Egyptian empire arose 5000 years […]Read more "Egyptian Philosophy Of The Pyramids"
What is reality, knowledge, the meaning of life? Big topics you might tackle figuratively explaining existence as a journey down a road or across an ocean, a climb, a war, a book, a thread, a game, a window of opportunity, or an all-too-short-lived flicker of flame. 2,400 years ago, one of history’s famous thinkers said […]Read more "Allegory Of The Cave"
Have you ever been gazing at a starry sky when suddenly a bright dot glided into view?If it wasn’t blinking, then you’ve had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of mankind’s greatest collaborative feats with your own eyes: The International Space Station. Roughly the size of six-bedroom house, and weighing more than 320 cars, the […]Read more "Collaboration Behind The ISS"
The doctrine of karma is not the same as the doctrine of pre-destination of the Christian theology. Karma is, in a sense, fate, self-caused inevitability, not pre-destination, for within the limits given, and these limits constitute the karma inherited from the previous births, a man is free. This karma is not ‘fate’ because all the […]Read more "Is Karma Real?"
European philosophy and theology have been much exercised on the subject of ‘free will’, whereas the Hindu tradition has considered this subject as of minor importance. The explanation for this lies in the analytical understanding of the concept by both the traditions. In European thought, an individual is conceived of as a permanent fixed entity, basically […]Read more "Free Will Vs Divine Will"
Somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, about 500 million kilometers away from Earth, floats a metallic orb the size of Massachusetts. That’s no moon…it’s 16 Psyche, one of the most massive asteroids in the solar system. And it is the asteroid our droids are looking for. We humans have managed to send robotic […]Read more "Why Is NASA Interested In Psyche"
Throughout the history of mankind, three little words have sent poets to the blank page, philosophers to the Agora, and seekers to the oracles: “Who am I?” From the ancient Greek aphorism inscribed on the Temple of Apollo,”Know thyself,” to The Who’s rock anthem, “Who Are You?” philosophers, psychologists, academics, scientists, artists, theologians and politicians […]Read more "Who Am I?"
How do you know you’re real? It’s an obvious question until you try to answer it, but let’s take it seriously. How do you really know you exist? In his “Meditations on First Philosophy,” René Descartes tried to answer that very question, demolishing all his preconceived notions and opinions to begin again from the foundations. […]Read more "How Do You Know You Exist?"
Few individuals have influenced the world and many of today’s thinkers like Plato. One 20th century philosopher even went so far as to describe all of Western philosophy as a series of footnotes to Plato. He created the first Western university and was teacher to Ancient Greece’s greatest minds, including Aristotle. But even one of […]Read more "Plato’s Most Influential And Obscure Ideas"
From a distance philosophy seems a bit weird, irrelevant, boring and yet also just a little intriguing. But What are philosophers really for? The answer is handily already contained in the word philosophy itself. In Ancient Greek “Philo” means love and “Sophia” means Wisdom. Philosophers are the people devoted to wisdom, Being wise means attempting […]Read more "What Is Philosophy For?"