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2019-05-16T04:39:37-04:00 At a recent conference on belief and unbelief hosted by the journal Salmagundi, the novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinsonconfessed to knowing some good people who are atheists, but lamented that she has yet to hear “the good Atheist position articulated.” She explained, “I cannot engage with an atheism that does not express itself.”

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The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity – Nautilus 0 (0)


S implicity, simplicity, simplicity!” Henry David Thoreau exhorted in his 1854 memoir Walden , in which he extolled the virtues of a “Spartan-like” life. Saint Thomas Aquinas preached that simplicity brings one closer to God. Isaac Newton believed it leads to truth. Source: The Real Secret of Youth Is Complexity - Issue 68: Context

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Witnessing Adult Relationships 0 (0)


The best way to achieve adult love is to develop the most important relationship skill. Witnessing includes the ability to hold your partner’s perspectives alongside your own and to see yourself through your partners’ eyes. Witnessing can give an accurate picture of any given interaction and the relationship as a whole. No matter how accurate

Freeing Yourself 0 (0)


“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything—anger, anxiety, or possessions—we cannot be free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh Imagine there is a river running through you.  

How to tame your wandering mind | TED Talk 0 (0)


Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what's important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention's power, Jha says -- but some simple techniques can boost it. "Pay attention to your attention," Jha

As If: Idealization and Ideals 0 (0)


It isn’t just that we need different theories for different aspects of the world, but that our best understanding may come from theories or models that are not strictly true, and some of which may contradict one another. This is a liberating outlook, though care must be taken not to let it become too liberating.

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Yuval Harari on the Future of Humanity 0 (0)


Humans, Mr. Harari warned, “have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.” Related:  Article: What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’  

The Consciousness Deniers 0 (0)


What is the silliest claim ever made? The competition is fierce, but I think the answer is easy. Some people have denied the existence of consciousness: conscious experience, the subjective character of experience, the “what-it-is-like” of experience. Next to this denial—I’ll call it “the Denial”—every known religious belief is only a little less sensible than

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How do I know I exist? 0 (0)


Could you be living inside a simulation created by a more advanced intelligence? Where does your unerring belief that you are not come from? — Read on

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