Nihilism is one of those concepts we are all pretty sure we know the meaning of unless someone asks us to define it. What is Nihilism? What Nihilism is Not The risk of nihilism is it alienates us from anything good or true. Yet believing in nothing has positive potential by Nolen Gertz edited by … Continue reading If You Believe in Nihilism, What Do You Believe?
As a teenager, I came across Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy (1945). I was so inspired by its array of mystical jewels, like a magpie, I stole it from my school’s library. I still have this copy, sitting beside me. by Jules Evans edited by O Society March 23, 2020 Next, I devoured his book The Doors … Continue reading What Can We Learn from the Perennial Philosophy?
Sounds like the answer to a question on Jeopardy, right? What is America? I'll take "A Hellified Mess" for $500, Alex... One of our O Society people states: "The United States is firmly a capitalist economy and Bernie Sanders' proposed policies are truly socialist." by O Society Feb 22, 2020 First, let's remind ourselves of … Continue reading What is America?
What kind of spectacle is the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump? by Fintan O'Toole edited by O Society Feb 10, 2020 In its opening days, the audience was given two wildly different but equally bathetic prompts as to how we should see it. We were invited by two central figures to understand it, on … Continue reading Whatever He Wants
Climate Change in a Time of Willful Ignorance by Evaggelos Vaillianatos edited by O Society Jan 26, 2020 Prologue Greek myths assert Prometheus, Titan god of foreknowledge, was grandfather of the Greeks. He defied Zeus and brought the fire of knowledge and civilization to his relatives. Zeus reacted with violence. He ordered the god of … Continue reading Prometheus’ Fire
Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality by Massimo Pigliucci by O Society Jan 15, 2020 It is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the general public, that the way we normally think of our … Continue reading Consciousness is Real
by Alexander Wynne edited by O Society At Wat Doi Kham, my local temple in Chiang Mai in Thailand, visitors come in their thousands every week. Bearing money and garlands of jasmine, the devotees prostrate themselves in front of a small Buddha statue, muttering solemn prayers and requesting their wishes be granted. Similar rituals are performed … Continue reading Who was the Buddha?