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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 […]

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Epistemology

This is an excerpt from Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge Epistemology [Ontology] and epistemology are simultaneous—what exists and how we know it are the foundation that starts together. And that’s why the very first axiom is “Existence exists, and the act of grasping this implies there is something, and we have the faculty for being aware […]

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Selfish Genes

“We, alone on Earth, have evolved to the extraordinary point where we can understand the selfish genes that shaped us. Because we are conscious of these forces we can work towards taming them. We can overthrow the tyranny of natural selection. Our evolved brains empower us to rebel against our selfish genes.” — Richard Dawkins

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Whatever can die is beautiful

“Whatever can die is beautiful—more beautiful than a unicorn, who lives forever, and who is the most beautiful creature in the world. Do you understand me?” — Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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How can a visit to an Italian restaurant help us to better understand the world?

  We live in a complex world, but language helps us to grasp even complex situations. What is the connection between pizza and heroism? At first, the two hardly seem related–one is a favorite dish and the other is a way of life. But understanding how pizza delivery works can give us insight into how we can […]

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Art is a concretization of metaphysics

“Art is a concretization of metaphysics. Art brings man’s concepts to the perceptual level of his consciousness and allows him to grasp them directly, as if they were percepts.” — Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto

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What does math have to do with becoming a hero?

  We live in a complex world, but it is possible to understand even “irrational” aspects of it. What is the connection between mathematics and heroism? At first, the two hardly seem related–math is about measuring things, and heroes do immeasurable good. Isn’t one limited and the other limitless? But the two are, in fact, […]