Category Archives: philosophy

Inspiring incarceration

My novel, Hit and Run, features a multiple murderer who becomes a good person. This was because he decided to model on a few wonderful people, just like I did as a teenager. At 13 years of age, I was … Continue reading

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Want to understand why economics is science fiction?

In economics, everything is measured in financial terms. In this post by Tim Morgan, you will understand why this is a fallacy. In the real world, the production of goods and services depends on energy. In the 1970s, about 2% … Continue reading

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Putting things in context

I have a gentle, self-effacing friend in Britain I would be happy to vote for as President of Earth. This is because he would not exercise power, and so would not be corrupted by it. He would make sure all … Continue reading

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George Monbiot nails THE PROBLEM

In this powerful and accurate essay, the Guardian columnist says what I have been saying since 1972: all the problems we put into separate categories are symptoms of the one disease: Continuing growth within a limited system. It is there … Continue reading

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Rabbi Ron Isaacs on what is important in Judaism

(Spoiler: it is what’s important in Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism… all the great ethical guides.) Please read his brief but inspiring essay. He starts by quoting from the Talmud: “The (Jewish) people are recognized by three qualities: they are compassionate, … Continue reading

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Lessons from Taoism: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Originally posted on A Life of Virtue: Philosophy as a Way of Life:
It was at a university book sale where I was first introduced to the ideas of Taoism. Hidden away deep in the philosophy section, I picked up…

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Is certainty worth anything?

Imagine you have a PhD in microbiology, with your specialty being the study of bacterial infections, and a person contacts you to inform you that you have been misled and brainwashed, and your belief in the germ theory of disease … Continue reading

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Placebo without deception

We all know what the placebo effect is: you are given an apparent treatment that doesn’t actually work, and yet your health improves. This has always been seen as a form of deception: tricking the patient into getting better. But … Continue reading

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Are we just delaying the inevitable with climate change?

Originally posted on Bobbing Around:
I answer questions on Quora. For some reason, this one got me going, and my typing fingers took flight. Please read my answer, and if you approve of the message, share it around. With metta,…

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Are we God’s puppets? A guest post at Kevy’s blog

A month ago, Kevy Michaels decided to follow Bobbing Around. As I always do, I visited his and left a friendly note. His response was so wonderful that I posted it immediately. Part of his message was an invitation for … Continue reading

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