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Depression... and the Consolation of Philosophy

The Consolation of Philosophy. I’m not a philosopher. But I like to think about stuff. I like to think about… about how to be able to find ways of understanding my personal, intimate, most subjective feelings/experiences… in such a way that I can fit them into a more inclusive meaning.

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On Logic

Following the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, much of Aristotle’s work was lost in the West. Some of these had been translated from Greek to Latin by the scribe Boethius. 510 more words

Josh Behrens

Music Notation Letters & Key Signature

A long time ago I wondered why the major key signature with no sharps or flats – which seemed to me the first or default key signature – started on letter C rather than A. 102 more words

The Pearl on the Bus Goes Round and Round

It happened again. The Tuesday before last was a cold winter day and as the bus started moving I heard a familiar rolling sound. It stopped between my feet: the pearl. 1,166 more words

Medieval Poetry


Have you no personal good of your own within yourself, that you seek your goods in other things, externally? Is the state of nature so upside-down that man, a living and rational- and therefore godlike- animal, can only appear splendid to himself by the possession of lifeless stuff? 39 more words

Become a Better You with Boethius (and Alfred the Great)

I love reading medieval self-help books (or “mirrors for princes” – as scholars call them) like Secreta Secratorum and The Consolation of Philosophy. Both are great, but the one I spend the most time with is Boethius’ … 652 more words

Medieval Poetry