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Time to Quit? Deciding When to Release

Is it possible to know when it’s time to quit? No – for a familiar reason:  Since the future is both unknown and unknowable, future consequences of present actions or inactions are also unknown and unknowable. However familiar, that’s a…

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Hedonic Adaptation

Beware hedonic adaptation! Do you share my tendency to underestimate how adaptable we are? Imagine initially visiting this planet and discovering that human beings live everywhere from the fringes of the Arctic Ocean to the steaming tropics of the equator….

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Population

In terms of human population, it is not obvious why we are so lucky. There are about 7 billion humans alive today. Although that may seem like far too many for the limited resources available, the future should not get…

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Private Thoughts

Here’s what’s very strange about private thoughts:  there aren’t any! If that’s so, it’s not only very interesting, but it’s also disturbing. If you feel initial resistance to it, that’s undoubtedly because you fear a violation of your privacy. The…

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The Meditative Approach

Philosophy is love of wisdom. The meditative approach to philosophy is one of the two classic approaches. If life is worth living, it’s worth living well.  To live well is to be wise. Although it’s our birthright, being wise doesn’t happen…

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Understanding Nirvana

There’s an important difficulty understanding Nirvana.  (The word itself comes from the Sanskrit; the word ‘Nibbana,’ which means the same thing, comes from the Pali).  The difficulty is that understanding Nirvana requires nonconceptual understanding. The reason this is an important…

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Conceiving

It’s neither easy to think well about conceiving nor to live well with respect to it. That’s because living well requires a balanced approach to thinking, a middle way, between being enslaved by it and doing it poorly (or not at…

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Nietzsches Evaluation of Christ

Nietzsches evaluation of Christ is quite different from his evaluatiion of Christians.  Surprised? [Sorry for the lack of the apostrophe throughout; it’s a limitation of computer technology.  It should be “Nietzsche’s” of course.] I am restricting myself here to Nietzsche’s…

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Natural Boundary

The climate is a natural boundary that seems to be approaching a tipping point. Think of an ordinary spring. When you stretch it after pulling it, it rebounds back to its original shape. However, there’s a limit: if you pull…

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Reificationism

Reificationism is a sin best minimized. It occurs whenever we take dynamic processes to be static objects (things, forms). (The word is derived from the verb ‘(to) reify.’) Its deepest and most insidious occurrence occurs when we reify ourselves. Here’s…

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