Heaven and earth operate without thought or purpose, through processes which are ziran 自然, so of them selves. Man follows the same course, through the process of growth and decay, without choosing either to be born or to die. Yet alone among the myriad things he tries to base his actions on thought and knowledge, to … Continue reading Liezi 列 Waterfall
Walt Whitman on what our silent friends teach us about being rather than seeming by Maria Popova edited by O Society September 24, 2019 Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Two generations earlier, a different … Continue reading The Wisdom of Trees
Musical Interlude Alice Phoebe Lou edited by O Society July 16, 2019 https://youtu.be/a881LtKG-mQ Oh Society Oh, he stands in front of me And he’s staring manically Screaming oh society What have you done to me? The ground I’ve tread so many years All this blood and sweat and tears Just to be inside your mould And … Continue reading Oh 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’
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by O Society April 1, 2019 Wish this was an April Fool's joke, folks. But it isn't. It's all really real. There's nothing funny here. I mean what's funny? Like a clown? https://youtu.be/E84VqqCPI7w How is it funny? Does it amuse you? Today, we're going to take a trip in the WayBack Machine to 6 months … Continue reading Wild Ride in the WayBack Machine…
Karl Popper (1974 video) by Philosophy Overdose https://youtu.be/sLDpj8dx0UU Comprising excerpts from the documentary Philosophie Gegen Falsche Propheten (1974), or ‘Philosophy Against False Prophets,’ this video is a robust primer on the ideas and legacy of Karl Popper. The influential Austrian-born thinker elucidates his concept of falsifiability, which holds scientific theories can never be proven true, … Continue reading A doctrine against doctrinaires: the enduring radical modesty of Karl Popper