Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 82 Commandments For Living

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If you’re a fan of science fiction or the films of David Lynch, you’ve surely seen the 1984 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s cult classic sci-fi novel, Dune (though Lynch himself may prefer that you didn’t).

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170 Renowned Academics Talk About Why They Disbelieve, or Believe, in God

≡ Category: Philosophy, Physics, Religion, Science |4 Comments

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Whether we choose to affiliate with any sort of atheist movement or not, many people raised in theistic religions came over time to see God as a literary character in ancient mythologies and historical fictions, as a placeholder for human ignorance, or as a personification of humanity’s greatest fears and desires.

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Monty Python’s Philosopher’s Football Match: The Epic Showdown Between the Greeks & Germans (1972)

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Last year, we witnessed a very tense, unpleasant showdown between Germany and Greece as the topmost nation in the European Union drove its most indebted country to make painful, perhaps punishing compromises.

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Hermeneutics of Toilets by Slavoj Žižek: An Animation About Finding Ideology in Unlikely Places

≡ Category: Animation, Philosophy, Politics |4 Comments

It’s been part of Slavoj Žižek’s schtick for years. He’s mentioned it in talks about Donald Rumsfeld and America’s misadventures in Iraq. In lectures about architecture in Spain. In English-language talks. And other languages too.

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Watch Animated Introductions to 25 Philosophers by The School of Life: From Plato to Kant and Foucault

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Philosophy as an academic subject is regularly maligned in popular discourse. Philosophy majors get told that their studies are useless. Philosophy professors find their budgets cut, their courses scrutinized, and their character grossly impeached in propagandistic religious feature films.

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Noam Chomsky Defines What It Means to Be a Truly Educated Person

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There may be no more contentious an issue at the level of local U.S. government than education. All of the socioeconomic and cultural fault lines communities would rather paper over become fully exposed in debates over funding, curriculum, districting, etc.

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In Search of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Secluded Hut in Norway: A Short Travel Film

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If you like philosophy and road tripping, then you’ll want to put Wittgenstein in Norway in your YouTube queue. Posted this month by Kirsten Dirksen, the short film takes through the beautiful countryside of Norway, in search of the hut where Ludwig Wittgenstein exiled himself from society from time to time, first starting in 1913.

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Hear What It Sounds Like When Philosopher Daniel Dennett’s Brain Activity Gets Turned into Music

≡ Category: Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy |2 Comments

The refinements of medical imaging technologies like fMRI have given neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers better tools with which to study how the brain responds to all sorts of stimuli. We’ve seen studies of the brain on Jane Austen, the brain on LSD, the brain on jazz improv….

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Carl Sagan Presents His “Baloney Detection Kit”: 8 Tools for Skeptical Thinking

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It is sometimes said that science and philosophy have grown so far apart that they no longer recognize each other. Perhaps they no longer need each other.

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Albert Camus’ Historic Lecture, “The Human Crisis,” Performed by Actor Viggo Mortensen

≡ Category: History, Philosophy |9 Comments

As we mentioned last week, New York is currently holding a month-long festival celebrating Albert Camus’ historic visit to NYC 70 years ago.

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