Two ways of looking at the world: Classic vs Romantic understanding

Two ways of looking at the world: Classic vs Romantic understanding

A while ago I started reading the classic philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. Currently I am half way but the part on the division of ‘human understanding’ at the beginning is still intriguing me. Since I think it is very much related to what I’m writing about in this blog and my thoughts in general I have...

What is life?

What is life?

Schrödinger’s “What is Life” has been extraordinarily influential, in one part because he was one of the first who dared to ask the question seriously, and in another because it was the book that was read by a good number of physicists.

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

Nabokov’s love letters, Shackleton’s courageous journey, the unsung heroes behind creative icons, Joni Mitchell unbound, and more.

2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

The year’s finest books on how to live sane, creative, meaningful lives.

A Religion of One’s Own

A Religion of One’s Own

A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World

The Quest For Gnosis

The Quest For Gnosis

The Quest For Gnosis is a primer for the conscientious mystic

Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt

In Benefit of the Doubt, influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn’t strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person’s faith is as strong as it is certain. In fact, he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today’s church.

Consciousness after Death: Strange Tales from Resuscitation Medicine

Consciousness after Death: Strange Tales from Resuscitation Medicine

Sam Parnia practices resuscitation medicine. In other words, he helps bring people back from the dead — and some return with stories. Their tales could help save lives, and even challenge traditional scientific ideas about the nature of consciousness.

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

In his brief but engrossing latest essay collection, theoretical physicist and novelist Lightman (Einstein’s Dreams) offers insight into the ways that recent scientific discoveries shape our understanding of ourselves and our world. Each of the seven essays here explores the philosophical fallout from a particular corner of research. The titular lead essay...

Keeping the Faith Without a Religion

Keeping the Faith Without a Religion

What is faith? It is not something we must receive from a religion, nor is it a quality we must abandon in order to become rational. “Faith,” writes bestselling author Roger Housden, “implies a basic trust in the way life weaves its patterns-an awareness that is not passive or fatalistic, but actively engaged with and accepting all of...

Celebrating Solitude by Rachel Astarte Piccione

Celebrating Solitude by Rachel Astarte Piccione

Solitude is not a retreat from the world, but rather a way to recharge our energies—our Holy Selves—for the world. Many of us have so many obligations that we spread ourselves too thin, inviting a tremendous amount of stress into our lives. Although we may fantasize about a few moments of peace for ourselves, the reality seems impractical, pointless, or even...

Singularity. Is it the new Transhumanist manifesto?

Singularity.  Is it  the new Transhumanist manifesto?

The Singularity is Near is possibly the closest thing to a transhumanist manifesto as you can find.