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Disasters and Demons

There was a time when it seemed philosophers had a preoccupation with demons. But theirs were not demons of the supernatural variety. There is the eponymous Laplace’s Demon, who knowing all the states, constants, and variables of the universe can plot exactly how it will unfold. 693 more words

Depression

The Cogito

“cogito, ergo sum, (Latin: “I think, therefore I am”), dictum coined in 1637 by René Descartes as a first step in demonstrating the attainability of certain knowledge. 451 more words

Life

On the shoulders of giants; Newton's vision

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) – Lucasian Professor (1669-1702), knighted in 1705, President of the royal society (1703-1727), Warden of the Mint (1696-1699) then Master of the Mint in (1699-1727) – is considered today one of the most influential scientists of all time. 388 more words

Mathematics

My Chat With Oscar Wilde


Have you tried out that new iPhone app called NstantAuthor®? I did just now. It allows you to have a conversation with your favorite dead author—or pretend to, anyway. 2,463 more words

Thinking About Story …

Cogito Ergo

Does anybody out there still believe in the movie experience?

Laptops, tablets, smart phones, Google Glass, all are shifting the way we watch, even the way we make and perceive movies. 66 more words

A Materialist Critique of Skepticism: Part Five

Empiricus wrote ‘Scepticism is an ability to set out oppositions among things which appear and are thought of in any way at all, an ability by which, because of the equipollence in the opposed objects and accounts, we come first to suspension of judgement and afterwards to tranquility.’41 For the skeptic, contradictory appearances – which particularly Empiricus documented at length – end their enquiry, but for the materialist they prompt investigation. 944 more words

Philosophy

Little Did You Know ... Knowledge (True or False)

Knowledge is anything we obtain. There are two classifications of knowledge: true knowledge and false knowledge. Belief is a knowledge, in a way that you know something because you believe on it, whether it is true or not. 359 more words

Rene Descartes