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  • Ancient Greek Mathematician, Philosopher Created Pythagorean Comma

    07/02/2022 8:59:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | June 20, 2022 | Patricia Claus
    The Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, who lived 2,500 years ago, applied his genius to music as well throughout his brilliant career, creating the Pythagorean comma as part of music theory, and his brilliance is still recognized to this day. The Pythagorean Theorem remains one of the fundamental concepts in the realm of mathematics and is still taught in schools across the world. The influence of the Ancient Greek thinker, who was born on the island of Samos in the year 570 BC, remains strong today in many realms—but, unfortunately, so do the mysteries surrounding the great Greek philosopher. Pythagoras’...
  • The Axis Strikes Back: Exposing the domestic Nazi-Soviet Pact now menacing the people of America

    05/26/2022 7:51:04 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    American Greatness ^ | May 21, 2022 | Lloyd Billingsley
    When a new book came out, the great C. S. Lewis would first seek out an old one on the same subject. That’s good advice for embattled Americans. In fact, two old books address what is happening today with rare perception. Regent College Publishing has reissued The Green Stick and The Infernal Grove, the two volumes of Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge. Paul Johnson called it one of the great autobiographies of our time, which might be an understatement. Wisdom and wit leap off the pages, and there’s even a news hook: Russia has invaded Ukraine and that...
  • Minarchist: A Definition of the Night-Watchman State

    04/20/2022 9:08:19 PM PDT · by libertasbella · 8 replies
    Libertas Bella ^ | 9/1/2021 | Alex Horsman
    What is a Minarchist? A Minarchist is someone who believes that the state should only exist for the purpose of maintaining law and order. Minarchism is a Libertarian political philosophy where the state’s only function is protecting individuals from theft, breach of contract, fraud, and aggression. The government would still maintain the military, police, courts, fire departments, prisons, and legislatures, but the state would have no ability to interfere with the capitalist interactions and transactions of the people. These states are referred to as “Night-watchman states.” One of the biggest supporters of this philosophy was Robert Nozick and he talked...
  • The Broken Clockwork of the Western Mind

    03/09/2022 10:36:59 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 17 replies
    The Neo-Ciceronian Times ^ | March 9, 2022 | Theophilus Chilton
    In case it wasn’t obvious, the Western mind is damaged goods. Many observers would say that this is a recent state of affairs, but in truth it’s something that has been slowly building for centuries. It started with the broad acceptance of Cartesian dualism, the conceptual separation of the mind from the body that developed as an over-mechanised response to the scientific discoveries of men like Copernicus and Kepler. This “analytical mindset,” in the original sense of analysis as “the resolution of something complex into simple elements,” destroyed the manifold intricacy of organic traditional society as it was conceptually applied...
  • Moment 'highly erratic' ex-UCLA philosophy lecturer, 31, is arrested by Colorado SWAT team for threatening to commit mass shooting: Cops found 'alarmingly violent' 800-page manifesto

    02/01/2022 5:38:09 PM PST · by Trillian · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 February 2022 | Chris Jewers and Jennifer Smith
    A former UCLA lecturer who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at the school was arrested in Colorado on Tuesday morning where he had also made threats against a different campus in an 'alarmingly' violent 800-page manifesto. Matthew Harris, 31, was taken into custody near the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Tuesday by SWAT teams. On Sunday, he posted 300 unhinged and threatening videos on YouTube, and then he sent emails to UCLA staff threatening a mass shooting. He included details of the manifesto, which also had references to Boulder in it. UCLA banned in-person classes and told...
  • The Anti-socialization of Our Nation.

    01/17/2022 10:02:24 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 4 replies ^ | 1.14.2022 | Megan Mansell
    Though expected to distance and quarantine at the whim of local dictators, a few things gave us a clue that our pandemic response was not about health. Vices were deemed essential, as liquor stores and non-medical marijuana dispensaries remained open, while playgrounds were barricaded, beaches, and gyms, and houses of worship suddenly inaccessible. There was no guidance on health-seeking behavior to bolster the first line of defense against the onset of ailments, just a band-aid for a bullet wound grade of national mitigation strategy that left many dying alone, surrounded by strangers. We willfully sacrificed our most fundamental duty of...
  • The Resistance Library Podcast w/Jash Dholani, Scholar and Philosopher

    11/22/2021 5:50:58 PM PST · by ammodotcom ^ | 11/22/2021 | Sam Jacobs
    On this episode of The Resistance Library Podcast, Sam Jacobs interviews Jash Dholani. Jash Dholani is an independent scholar and philosopher interested in human excellence and freedom. He has gained a following on Twitter, where he is the Old Books Guy, due to his extensive reading and trenchant insights into long forgotten works of philosophy. We had Jash on to discuss philosophical pessimism: what it has to say about our world, why we should study it, and what responses it offers to the crises of modernity.
  • The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis (Movie Review)

    11/18/2021 3:44:42 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 25 replies
    MSMB ^ | November 18, 2021 | Rob W. Case
    oday C.S. Lewis, the man whose literary works such as The Chonicles of Narnia book series is known as a titan of the Christian faith. When he was alive, Lewis’s deep insights, wisdom, words of comfort, and reason were all sought after, particularly during World War II, when he addressed the people of Great Britain on the BBC, and thereafter. After he passed away in 1963, C.S. Lewis’s writings would continue to bring valuable insight, wisdom, words of comfort, and reason to generations looking for serious answers about God, life experience, the fractured world around us, pain, suffering, and how...
  • Why Do We REFUSE to Change Until There’s A CRISIS?

    10/30/2021 6:45:17 AM PDT · by rebuildus · 26 replies
    Old School ^ | 10/30/21 | Patrick Rooney
    I broke a tooth recently, which caused me to look at ways to improve the strength of my teeth. One of the things I decided to do (besides being careful about ingesting processed sugar) was to drink milk again–for the calcium, phosphorous, Vitamin A and D. And for additional protein too as I’ve been lifting heavy weights. And yet, deep down, I knew that there are other ways to get the nutrients I need without having to drink milk. Yet, I kept at it. This morning, like too many mornings I’d care to admit to, I woke up with a...
  • Nietzsche and the Nazis by Stephen R. C. Hicks (Full Audiobook)

    10/26/2021 9:29:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    CEE Video Channel ^ | 24/7/13 | Prof. Stephen Hicks
    00:00 Part 1. Introduction: Philosophy and History/1. Fascinated by history 03:36 2. What is philosophy of history? 04:46 Part 2. Explaining Nazism Philosophically/3. How could Nazism happen? 06:17 4. Five weak explanations for National Socialism 14:31 5. Explaining Nazism philosophically 21:40 Part 3. National Socialist Philosophy/6. The Nazi Party Program 22:44 7. Collectivism, not individualism 24:01 8. Economic socialism, not capitalism 27:40 9. Nationalism, not internationalism or cosmopolitanism 32:25 10. Authoritarianism, not liberal democracy 35:21 11. Idealism, not politics as usual 38:42 12. Nazi democratic success 41:05 Part 4. The Nazis in Power/13. Political controls 43:27 14. Education 51:28 15....
  • Virtuous Leisure

    06/29/2021 4:17:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 29, 2021 | Katie Kieffer
    “What I like doing best is Nothing,” Christopher Robin tells Winnie-the-Pooh in A. A. Milne’s 1928 collection of stories, The House at Pooh Corner. The capitalization of “Nothing” is not a typo. Milne is introducing children (and re-introducing their parents) to a deep philosophical point through the voice of a fictional boy and his anthropomorphic stuffed bear. “How do you do Nothing?” Pooh asks. Christopher Robin responds that being outdoors on a lovely day—as they are—sitting on a grassy knoll, enjoying one another’s company, with birds singing in the trees above, is: “a nothing sort of thing.” He further explains,...
  • Tal Bachman: We Have Met the Enemy, part VIII

    06/19/2021 2:14:01 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 18, 2021 | Tal Bachman
    I mentioned in my last piece that the standard (mis)interpretation of Oedipus Rex—that Oedipus got what he deserved thanks to a moral shortcoming he couldn't or wouldn't correct—traces back to an earlier misinterpretation of Aristotle's comments on tragedy. That provides a nice segue, because what Aristotle actually says in his Poetics (and his Politics) provides further insight into our current problems. What Aristotle actually points out in Chapter 13 of Poetics is that great tragedies revolve around hamartia (ἁμαρτία) inherent in, or committed by, a protagonist. All this Greek word refers to is error. It does not necessarily imply moral...
  • The Inequality Act Of God

    03/10/2021 9:42:45 AM PST · by inpajamas · 1 replies
    Biblical News Christians Jews ^ | 03/10/2021 | The Editor
    It could go without saying that clearly the world has a dark history full of injustice and oppression. Moreover, in terms of evil, certainly it is those who wielded the greatest power in an utmost destructive manner, who are the ones history remembers the most. It should be asked, however, if the sins of the infamous are greater than the sins of many more wicked men who were forgotten, merely because they had not the power to accomplish greater deeds. How can this comparison be one may ask? Because the motives of the heart of many poor wicked men were...
  • Nazism/Holocaust: What did Hannah Arendt really mean by 'The Banality of Evil'

    02/07/2021 8:40:30 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for The New Yorker in 1961 on the war crimes trial of Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi operative responsible for organising the transportation of millions of Jews and others to various concentration camps in support of the Nazi’s Final Solution. Arendt found Eichmann an ordinary, rather bland, bureaucrat, who in her words, was ‘neither perverted nor sadistic’, but ‘terrifyingly normal’. He acted without any motive other than to diligently advance his career in the Nazi bureaucracy... ...Arendt dubbed these...
  • The mark of an "educated" mind

    06/22/2020 9:00:11 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    StandPoint Magazine ^ | 05/22/2020 | Andrew Doyle
    Schooling underpinned by critical thinking is the bedrock of civilisation. It could save us from today’s infantilised discourse. The discipline of critical thinking invites us to consider the origins of our knowledge and convictions. ... The natural human instinct for confirmation bias presents a further problem, one especially prominent among ideologues. Anything can be taken to support one’s position so long as it is perceived through the lens of prejudgment. We can see this most notably in the proponents of Critical Social Justice, who start from the premise that unequal outcomes—disparities in average earnings between men and women, for...
  • Why Should Christians Read The Pagan Classics? Reason 10: LITERATURE

    05/21/2020 2:10:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | July 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #10: LITERATURE What is literature, and what is it for anyway? Have you ever wondered that? It’s not practical like science and math, so what is its purpose? Why do we include literature in our curriculum, how do we choose it, and what do we hope to achieve by reading literature? These are some of the questions that puzzled me most in my own education. The ancients thought about all of these questions too. Plato brings up the question of poetry, by which the ancients meant literature, and he famously bans the poets from his ideal Republic. Because, he...
  • From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians should Read the Pagan Classics

    06/22/2019 11:46:09 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Christian Research Institute ^ | Aug 25, 2010 | Louis Markos
    Tertullian, the toughest and most uncompromising of early church fathers, once asked a question that is still with us today: What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? That is to say, is there— indeed, should there be—a meeting ground between the Judeo-Christian strain that proceeds out of Jerusalem and the Greco-Roman (humanist) strain that proceeds out of Athens? As far as Tertullian was concerned, the answer to his question was simple: nothing. Nevertheless, despite Tertullian’s rejection of the link between Athens and Jerusalem, Christian thinkers for the past two millennia have continued to ponder his question. Can the basic tenets...
  • Why Should Christians Read the Pagan Classics? Reason 9: THE HUMAN CONDITION

    05/20/2020 2:45:45 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    Reason #9: HUMAN CONDITION When it comes to the human condition, we may think that Scripture is all we need. After all, Scripture does show us our true human condition in a way that the Greeks did not and could not: our relationship to God, that we are sinners, that we are a fallen race in need of redemption, that sin separates us from God, that God loves us and offers us grace and salvation. This is the good news that has been revealed by God in Scripture and in the person of Jesus Christ and nowhere else. Indeed, the...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics Reason 6: GOVERNMENT

    05/14/2020 2:06:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Aug 2013 | Cheryl Lowe
    American government and political science will come alive when you read the Greeks and Romans, the same way that words come alive when you study Latin and Greek. There were many influences on the Founding Fathers, and certainly the modern philosophers—Locke and Hume—were important along with the tradition of English liberty. But separation of powers, mixed government, and checks and balances are the principles that first come to my mind when I think of the genius of the American political system; and where did these concepts come from? Plato in the Republic describes five types of government and says they...
  • Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics - Reason 5: NATURAL LAW

    05/13/2020 2:31:18 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Summer 2012 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #5: NATURAL LAW What did the first Continental Congress mean when it appealed to “the immutable laws of nature,” or Thomas Jefferson when he referred to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God and the unalienable rights of man”? Natural law. The principle of natural law is embedded in Western civilization, the Declaration of Independence, and our whole history as a nation. The concept of natural law was first articulated by Aristotle in Rhetoric, where Aristotle notes that, aside from the “particular” laws that each people has set up for itself, there is a “common” law that is...