Free Speech Bites: Nigel Warburton, Host of Philosophy Bites, Creates a Spin Off Podcast Dedicated to Freedom of Expression

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In ostensibly liberal democracies in the West, attitudes towards free speech vary widely given different historical contexts, and can shift dramatically over time. We’re living in the midst of a generational shift on the issue in the U.S.


Hear All of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia Novels as Free Audio Books

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I have not seen the second two of a promised seven films based on the novels in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series.


In 1704, Isaac Newton Predicts the World Will End in 2060

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We have become quite used to pronouncements of doom, from scientists predicting the sixth mass extinction due to the measurable effects of climate change, and from religionists declaring the apocalypse due to a surfeit of sin.


Pope Francis Set to Release a Rock/Pop Album: Listen to the First Single

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That’s right, I said it. In November, the Pope will officially release a rock/pop album called Pope Francis: Wake Up! (which you can already pre-order on iTunes). And below, you can hear the first single, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” It’s one of 11 tracks.


Tolstoy and Gandhi Exchange Letters: Two Thinkers’ Quest for Gentleness, Humility & Love (1909)

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Some of the most rigorous moral thinkers of the past century have spent time on the wrong side of questions they deemed of vital importance.


A Day in the Life of Zen Monk Leonard Cohen: A 1996 Documentary

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I don’t think anybody really knows why they’re doing anything. If you stop someone on the subway and say, “Where are you going – in the deepest sense of the word?” you can’t really expect an answer. I really don’t know why I’m here.


How Leonard Cohen’s Stint As a Buddhist Monk Can Help You Live an Enlightened Life

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There is a certain kind of thinking that the Buddha called “monkey mind,” a state in which our nervous habits become compulsions, hauling us around this way and that, forcing us to jump and shriek at every sound. It was exactly this neurotic state of mind that Leonard Cohen sought to quell when in 1994 he joined Mt.


Alan Watts Explains Why Death is an Art, Adventure and Creative Act

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Many of us in the West live in some of the most fragmented religious landscapes in the world, but in the midst of deepening levels of conflict over policies of birth and death, these two issues that divide us also join us together.


3D Printed Zoetrope Animates Rubens’ Famous Painting, “The Massacre of the Innocents”

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In the 17th century, the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens painted “The Massacre of the Innocents” (see below), an artistic depiction of a very brief Biblical passage in The Gospel of Matthew.


Enter the Church of the SubGenius, the Parody Religion Backed by R. Crumb, David Byrne & Other Alt-Icons

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You may not know much about the Church of the SubGenius, but you’ve definitely seen its prophet. The intensively groomed, Ward Cleaveresque J. R. “Bob” Dobbs (below) began as a humble piece of 1950s clip art and went on to become “a way of life to millions… yet half of them don’t even know it.


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