What wine tasting teaches us about memory and identity

There is a lot to be understood about the nature of identity when we talk about activities which involve refined discernment. This can be wine, cheese, or whiskey tasting, listening to music critically, reviewing or analysing art, or cooking for enjoyment for example. When we perceive the values of an object, we must, to a…… Continue reading What wine tasting teaches us about memory and identity

Ralph Waldo Emerson- Circles. An essay of spiritual growth.

“The eye is the first circle; The horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end”- R. W. Emerson. Emerson took the circle to be a veritable metaphor for nature. It described human thought and navigation of life, and the laws of nature. His essay was highly…… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson- Circles. An essay of spiritual growth.

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

“Saigyo in poetry, Sogi in linked verse, Sesshu in painting, Rikyu in the tea ceremony- the spirit that moves them is one spirit. Achieving artistic excellence, each holds one attribute in common: each remains attuned to nature throughout the four seasons. Whatever is seen by such a heart and mind is a flower, whatever is…… Continue reading The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Is the rational or instinctive self the real self?

In trying to answer the question of what a person actually is, by which I mean what is essentially them, we can approach the question by asking the following- what can be taken away from a person’s identity without them ceasing to be them? Thinking back to Derek Parfit’s Teleporter thought experiment, we can wonder…… Continue reading Is the rational or instinctive self the real self?