Category: Philosophy

Relative Humanity

January 20th, 2013 — 5:16am

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein

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Brain on Fire

November 21st, 2012 — 5:54am

“… she began to experience seizures, hallucinations, increasingly psychotic behavior and even catatonia. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors.” A story about anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, or, as it presented itself, demonic possession. From Susannah Calahan’s memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Get the book on Amazon or listen to an interview with the author on NPR.

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The American Soul

July 4th, 2011 — 3:51pm

The spiritual side of democracy. Philosopher Jacob Needleman reminds us of the inward work of conscience behind institutions and political values that Americans now take for granted. Needleman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at San Francisco State University and author of The American Soul. Listen »

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Your Brain on Religion

December 20th, 2010 — 4:52am

For thousands of years, religion has posed some unanswerable questions: Who are we? What’s the meaning of life? What does it mean to be religious?

In an effort to address those questions, Dr. Andrew Newberg has scanned the brains of praying nuns, chanting Sikhs and meditating Buddhists. He studies the relationship between the brain and religious experience, a field called neurotheology. And he’s written a book, Principles of Neurotheology, that tries to lay the groundwork for a new kind of scientific and theological dialogue.

Read more or listen to the interview at NPR »

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