Sam Harris’s Free Will, a review and evaluation

Sam Harris’s book Free Will is short, but very smart, and packs a lot of punch. He argues that the concept of free will, as it is commonly understood, is an unfounded myth. He does not believe, however, that this means we lack any control over our lives at all. Instead, he states that his…… Continue reading Sam Harris’s Free Will, a review and evaluation

The Atomists- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (9)

The Atomists were a fascinating group of philosophers. We have seen the eminence of Greek scientists in various scientific discoveries in the past several chapters, but the Atomists are possibly the most surprising. Pertaining to their namesake, the Atomists built a science and philosophy around the positing of atoms to build up the world. The…… Continue reading The Atomists- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (9)

Anaxagoras- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (8)

Today we have another short post, this time about Anaxagoras. Russell asserts his main importance as being the person who first introduced philosophy to Athens. He was a student of Anaximenes, and in his later life he was an influence on Socrates. He was born in Clazomenae, a costal town of Ionia, around 500 BCE.…… Continue reading Anaxagoras- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (8)

The marvel of human intelligence and the creation of culture

“We are all children of Africa. As members of the hominin species Homo Sapiens, you and I are the product of millions of years of shared evolutionary history of life on earth”. So begins an article by Patrick Randolph-Quinney in the I paper (UK 8/2/18). Although there has always been an interest in Anthropology, in…… Continue reading The marvel of human intelligence and the creation of culture

Humanity- out of place in the modern world?

One thing I believe to be fundamental about human life is that it is out of sync, both on an individual scale, as well as on a larger scale, with its environment. The environments in question can be social, biological, or natural (as in our environmental surroundings such as the natural world or the house…… Continue reading Humanity- out of place in the modern world?