What Atheists do NOT Know About the Study of Religion

A solid article by a philosopher on hypocritical atheists who make comments on matters on which they are ignorant.

What Atheists do NOT Know About the Study of Religion

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Symbolic Thinking

Interesting story from National Public Radio that argues that our ability to engage in symbolic thinking is what truly makes us human. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129082962. I agree with the basic premise that our ability to intellectually create and manipulate symbols is crucial to all aspects of what makes us human and lies at the foundation of all culture, science, and philosophy.

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You + Information

The information is available to you. The real question: are you available to the information.

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Book Review on Nietzsche Biography

There’s a biography out called Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Julian Young. It is reviewed here in the New York Times.

This is a different book than Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Rudiger Safranski (Shelley Frisch, Translator).

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Hedonic Adaptation

Why we think the way we do is one of the most important aspects of philosophy and Dan Ariely’s books Predictably Irrational and his follow-up The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home are interesting explorations in this question. He advances his theory of “hedonic adaptation” – how we come to accommodate situations thrust upon us and the choices we make in response. This advancement of pragmatist and existentialist philosophy is a fruitful vein of wisdom that is as yet inadequately mined.

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