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The Modern Myths

"There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed."

― Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics


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Friday Motivational Thoughts: Dune

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The litany against fear

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

― Frank Herbert, Dune


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Do you know how many words for love had the Ancient Greeks?

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Our language defines the limits of our soul

The more we engage our minds with something, the better we fathom the depths of it, its infinity. We expand our understanding about something and when we reach its momentary limits we define it, we coin a word. Thus, we materialize our consciousness and mark its achievements for future generations. Our thoughts, our perception of the world, our actions, are in direct causal link with the language we have in use. As the Austrian-British philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein once said: "The limits of my language define the limits of my world." Well, it seems that ancient Greeks had a lot more interest in the different forms of love than us because these are not only synonyms but words of various perspectives towards the phenomenon of love. What about our contemporary culture? Which are the concepts that we develop the most? It's a pretty long topic, that we could discuss some other time. However, you could ponder over it and share your thoughts with us.

Below you can take a look at the richness of Ancient Greek concepts for one of the most important aspects of what we call humane.

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Fake news or the war on (dis)information

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Rejoice, no one is entirely opposed to addressing their misbeliefs

In an ideal world, instant access to information on just about anything would be the final nail in the coffin of misperceptions. But that doesn't quite account for the reality of things. With more information came more ways to spread misinformation, while social media allowed certain individuals with more unconventional ideas to unite in wide communities of like-minded internet users. We see this every day with the spread of conspiracy theories on politics, health or even science.

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The Phenomenon of Language explained

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What is language?

Language is the most common, natural, and constitutional phenomenon among human beings and at the same time one of the greatest mysteries that we have developed. Everyone uses it. Even small children at the age of two are already able to produce language. It is so intrinsic to us that we cannot imagine our life, culture, or let's say, modern world without verbal language. However, language is not only about words and sentences, but rather about sharing ideas and meaning through different forms of signs, which could be visual, sonic, tactile, etc.

Here you can enjoy a lecture from Steven Pinker, renowned linguist and Harvard Psychology Professor:
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