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January 20

Societies where the wealthy would burn their belongings

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]
posted by craniac at 6:32 AM - 11 answers

January 12

What kind of kippah is this?

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?
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 10:39 PM - 15 answers

January 7

Indo-Iranian Religion

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]
posted by xarnop at 7:33 AM - 7 answers

January 4

Simple life, Quaker life?

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]
posted by elephantsvanish at 9:37 AM - 14 answers

December 27, 2017

Things that ground us, things that lift us

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]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:40 AM - 19 answers

December 17, 2017

What Philosophy to read for a former student long out of the field

What are all the cool philosophers reading nowadays? [more inside]
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 10:12 PM - 12 answers

December 15, 2017

Quotes about agnosticism/atheism by way of science and nature

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]
posted by cocoagirl at 7:17 AM - 8 answers

December 12, 2017

What is meant by embodied cognition and what is its importance?

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?
posted by casebash at 10:25 PM - 9 answers

Philsophy of Science - retreading in science, what is it called?

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]
posted by os tuberoes at 3:02 AM - 7 answers

December 8, 2017

Theological Agreement - Church v Potential Parishioner

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]
posted by static sock at 9:15 AM - 22 answers

December 5, 2017

Please recommend me some philosophy books based on what I've read so far

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]
posted by sockpim at 9:08 AM - 2 answers

December 4, 2017

Wait: what are the rules around rabbis?

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]
posted by Gucky at 12:06 PM - 15 answers

November 28, 2017

Buddhism for Buddhists

Looking for easy to read but scholarly books or articles on Buddhism and Buddhist theory. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 9:24 AM - 7 answers

November 27, 2017

Help me understand Bible stories

Help me find summaries of the important stories and their meanings. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 5:58 PM - 14 answers

November 25, 2017

Bowing to the old gods

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]
posted by xarnop at 7:03 PM - 3 answers

November 22, 2017

Any Buddhist Retreats Wk of Dec 26-31 w/in a 6-hr Drive of New Haven?

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!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:55 AM - 4 answers

November 20, 2017

animism shmaninism!

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]
posted by elephantsvanish at 7:55 PM - 3 answers

November 19, 2017

James Caan, Kirk Douglas, and the late Dinah Shore-ah

Is it in poor taste for non-Jews to play/sing the Adam Sandler Chanukah song?
posted by Chrysostom at 8:32 PM - 14 answers

What to do with my (literal) emotional baggage?

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]
posted by whitelotus at 6:38 AM - 23 answers

November 17, 2017

What part of speech are mathematic operands?

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?
posted by notsnot at 1:46 PM - 16 answers

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