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I seem to have read somewhere about a historical culture (other than silicon valley) where the wealthy would get together at parties and burn their belongings to show how powerful they were. Can you help me find historical examples of this sort of ostentation? [more inside]
My dad got me a kippah in Israel. It's loosely hand-crocheted [photo here]. I've seen modern orthodox and conservative Jews wear ones that are tightly knit, but not one like this. Who would normally wear this style?
Are there any texts written by pre-zoroastrian Iranians (or however you want to label the ancient culture of the time? Or if not, what are the best reading materials detailing most specifically the religious landscape of the area where Zoroaster lived before his time? [more inside]
What are some sources of inspiration for living a simple life (more in the Quaker sense of simplicity?) Writing, movies, blogs, podcasts, etc. that take a more philosophical/spiritual approach, are compatible with (small) city life, and avoid bootstrapping Thoreau-ish rhetoric (which also shows up in Minimalism stuff) are appreciated! [more inside]
December 27, 2017
What are the external props, prompts, and practices that remind you to be mindful and return to center when life’s little details overshadow your intention? [more inside]
December 17, 2017
What are all the cool philosophers reading nowadays? [more inside]
December 15, 2017
Looking for quotes, lines of poetry, paragraphs, etc. about agnosticism/atheism along the lines of Douglas Adams' "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" and Dana Scully's "Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it." [more inside]
December 12, 2017
I've seen the word embodied cognition thrown around a lot like some kind of buzz word. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to ever get clearly defined or when it does get defined it isn't clear why it is important. Clearly, our brain is in our body and things such as alcohol/drug consumption, energy levels, brain damage and the amount of adrenaline in our bodies affect how we think. So why do we have this fancy term? Is there more to this than meets the eye or is just a pretentious way of stating the obvious?
Hello, I am looking for a word and/or papers about the notion of retreading already visited ground in the history of science. An example would be the flat Earth theory: through the scientific enterprise, the ancients knew the Earth was round, but for various reasons the idea of the flat Earth resurfaced in the middle ages, and was again debunked through scientific investigation. . . only to be revived more recently. [more inside]
December 8, 2017
My beliefs are still evolving, there is no one denomination whose theology or doctrines I agree with 100%, and I'm not sure how heavily to weigh factors other than theology, either. How do I choose? How much do you have to agree with a church's theology and/or doctrine in order to legitimately be a part of it? [more inside]
December 5, 2017
So I've read a few philosophy books but have run out of ideas as to what to read next. So far I've read Darryl Reanney: The death of forever, music of the mind, after death (and more continued inside). [more inside]
December 4, 2017
I'm meeting with a traditional rabbi in a business context. His secretary was gracious enough to warn me that he does not shake hands with people of the opposite sex that aren't his wife. Is there anything else I should know as to not offend? [more inside]
November 28, 2017
Looking for easy to read but scholarly books or articles on Buddhism and Buddhist theory. [more inside]
November 27, 2017
Help me find summaries of the important stories and their meanings. [more inside]
November 25, 2017
Which european philosopher (or scientist?) was it I think from the middle ages who bowed to a statue of one of the old gods and answered that at some point it might be their turn in power again and he wanted to be in their favor? [more inside]
November 22, 2017
Anyone know of any? I know it's a long shot but this is something I'd like to try. Doesn't have to be the whole week. Needs to accommodate beginners. Prefer something heavy on silent meditation. Thanks!
November 20, 2017
I've been reading a lovely but very heady book about animism. What are some other books (or other types of media) that explore animism themes further, and perhaps more directly? [more inside]
November 19, 2017
Is it in poor taste for non-Jews to play/sing the Adam Sandler Chanukah song?
I have been decluttering and I find myself unable to throw out coursework/dissertation copies from undergrad/grad school as well as equipment etc. associated with failed passions/dreams. [more inside]
November 17, 2017
I just heard a colleague mumble a change order number in Spanish, his native language. He said, "Numbers are the one thing I still have to do in Spanish - I learned tres mas cuatro es siete, not three plus four." Which got me to thinking, what part of speech are math operands? They're telling you to do something (verb) but they don't conjugate. Are they a conjunction? Something weird?