The Philosophy of O Society

by O Society August 30, 2019 If you've spent any time at all in a comments section anywhere on the interwebs, then no doubt you already realize the human tendency to label one another as "this" or "that," and then give a canned talking-points laden response based on these labels assigned to us. Especially where … Continue reading The Philosophy of O Society

Hubris and Icarus Down by the Potemkin Schoolyard

by O Society August 12, 2019 Someone recently called me a "hypocrite." To which I reply, Am I a hypocrite? Yes. So what? So are you. So is every other human being on the face of the earth. It is a part of being human. Now go run off and play, preferably in some busy … Continue reading Hubris and Icarus Down by the Potemkin Schoolyard

Hunter Thompson’s Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

In April of 1958, Hunter Thompson was 22 years old when he wrote this letter to his friend Hume Logan in response to a request for life advice. Thompson’s letter, found in Letters of Note, offers some of the most thoughtful and profound advice: April 22, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City Dear Hume, You … Continue reading Hunter Thompson’s Letter on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

The Emptiness of Emptiness: Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole Than The Matrix Dare Go

edited by O Society July 10, 2019 The Matrix is a deep film. Many point out how it represents an archetypal journey of spiritual awakening. Neo, the main protagonist, lives in the regular world but just cannot get past a feeling of existential incompleteness. He knows there is something deeper to reality. He has heard … Continue reading The Emptiness of Emptiness: Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole Than The Matrix Dare Go

When Chomsky met Foucault: how the thinkers debated the ‘ideal society’

edited by O Society July 6, 2019 In 1971, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault met at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands for their first and only debate. Produced by the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation as a part of their International Philosophers Project, the programme featured discussions with eminent thinkers on the topic of … Continue reading When Chomsky met Foucault: how the thinkers debated the ‘ideal society’

Do I Contradict Myself? On Autopoiesis

edited by O Society July 1, 2019 The term autopoiesis (from Greek αὐτo- (auto-), meaning 'self', and ποίησις (-poiesis), meaning 'creation, production') refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. The original definition can be found in Autopoiesis and Cognition: the Realization of the Living (1st edition 1973, 2nd 1980): autopoiesis: It was in these … Continue reading Do I Contradict Myself? On Autopoiesis