Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), a Victorian poet, completed his In Memoriam in 1849 where he wrestled with the contradictions between the idea of a providential god with the evolutionary and materialistic science of the day after the death of his best friend. The poem is divided into 133 cantos. He was son to a clergy … Continue reading Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.
What kind of fabric is reality woven from? I remember my youth reading a physics book by Brian Greene who popularized string theory with its many and varied dimensions, and the super-cooled higgs field that was the precondition for the big bang. My early mind was shaped by science. However, once I made contact with … Continue reading Pan Psychism’s Fitness
Only when one abandons individuality, which is materiality itself, can there be an eternal life. As an individual entity you’re a material particular entity, and it is in abandoning that, and surrendering oneself to the good of the whole that the possibility of a life that transcends mere materiality becomes possible -Daniel Robinson
"William James (1842-1910) was born in New York. His father was an eccentric theologian, and his younger brother was Henry James, the famous novelist. His father had them study abroad in France. James showed promise in science at a young age, but his heart was elsewhere, in painting. His father, with an ill conscience, let … Continue reading William James’ Pragmatism
"There are two ways to enter the domain of philosophy. One is analytical, richly in debt to Plato and Aristotle and thereafter. However, there is another way, through dark, wise, penetrating thoughts, that seem almost atmospheric. Nietzsche is of the later kind. He was a hyper-sensitive man able to write with style. He is like … Continue reading Thus, Spoke Nietzsche
"Socrates’ trial and death sparked an enlightenment that unleashed a movement of thought that is still studied with vigor and fervor. Whether it’s through psychology, philosophy or political science we still study the voice of Socrates given to us through Plato. But the questions still begs, why Greece, why this time?” The table grew silent. … Continue reading The Birth of Philosophy