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Thought As A System

“And, though the brain as a whole is not mechanical, it can get caught up into a system of reflexes that looks like a machine.” — David Bohm, Thought As A System

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Concepts

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   If names are correct, there is order; if names are allowed to become confused, there is disorder. What causes the confusions of names are explanations that involve an excess of elegance and subtlety. If explanations involve […]

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If machines can learn to value human life, maybe we can, too.

“If machines can learn to value human life, maybe we can, too.” — Terminator 2

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If men no longer know what they are looking a

“If men no longer know what they are looking at, there may well be other unicorns in the world yet, unknown and glad of it.” — Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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The view of life

“The view of life I communicate in my pictures excludes the sordid and ugly. I paint life as I would like it to be.” — Norman Rockwell

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If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.

“If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.” — Mark Twain

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Lighthouses

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there, shining.” — Anne Lamott

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One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

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Ontology

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   “I am, therefore I’ll think.”   —Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged In the natural sciences, things and events of every kind are dissected into their parts and then separately surveyed and categorized. This categorization occurs irrespective of the individual […]

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Illusions, deceptions, mirages

“Illusions, deceptions, mirages, your Mommy Fortuna cannot truly change things.” “That’s true, she can only disguise, and only for those who eager to believe whatever comes easiest.” — Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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What is a leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

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You are what you have it in yourself to be

“You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.” — Kingdom of Heaven

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Why You Need Philosophy

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   In a few years, I must finish a certain work. I need not hurry myself; there is no good in that—but I must work on in full calmness and serenity, as regularly and concentratedly as possible, […]

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Honesty

“Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud.” — Ayn Rand

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Properties of Language

This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   Our perception of the world began with the perception of entities and the consciousness of our own existence. From these first perceptions, we have formed an entity-based language. In contrast to this, process-based language is centered on representations of changes in […]