The Nothingness of Personality: Young Borges on the Self

Illustration by Mimmo Paladino for a rare edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses “There is no whole self. It suffices to walk any distance along the inexo­rable rigidity that the mirrors of the past open to us in order to feel like out­siders, naively flustered by our own bygone days.” BY MARIA POPOVA You find yourself in a city you hadn’t visited in years, walking along a street you had once strolled down with your fingers interlacing a long-ago lover’s, someone you then cherished as the most extraordinary person in the world, who is now married in Jersey with two chubby … Continue reading The Nothingness of Personality: Young Borges on the Self

Why You Should Invite President Trump Into Your Meditation Practice

Photo by Jnzl’s Photos | https://tricy.cl/2notJTE Trump Practice is accepting fear, rage, and uncertainty. Feel into it, sink into it, let it overwhelm and overtake you. By Dr. Jay Michaelson MAR 30, 2017 “May God bless and keep the czar . . . far away from us!” This, the fictional rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof offered, was the Jewish blessing for an oppressive ruler who brought suffering upon the vulnerable.  These days, is there a Buddhist equivalent for Donald Trump? In fact, I’ve found “Trump Practice” to be of enormous help during these last few weeks, and I want … Continue reading Why You Should Invite President Trump Into Your Meditation Practice

Philosophy tool kit

image edited by Web Investigator Thinking like a philosopher need not be a strange and arcane art, if you get started with these tricks of the trade by Alan Hájek is professor of philosophy at the Australian National University in Canberra. His research interests are in probability and decision theory, formal epistemology, and the philosophy of science and language. He publishes regularly on these topics.  Philosophers pride themselves on thinking clearly by seeing what follows from what, exposing sophisms, spotting fallacies, and generally policing our reasoning. Many have spent years honing their skills, often deploying them on arcane topics. But these skills … Continue reading Philosophy tool kit