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Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception or Shaking off the Dualism of Descartes.

        Writing about the cogito Merleau- Ponty says: “Insofar as, when I reflect on the essence of subjectivity, I find it bound up with that of the body and that of the world, this is because my existence as subjectivity (= consciousness) is merely one with my existence as a body and with the existence of the world, and because the subject that I am, when taken concretely, is inseparable from this body and this world.” Phenomenology, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 768 more words

Evolutionary Reality

“I'm Not an Atheist But...”

I’ve been pretty fortunate; after 38 years of living in Texas, I’ve only encountered blatant anti-atheist bigotry in person a handful of times.

And while I could do a whole write-up about what happened in those encounters (maybe another day), here’s what I found most interesting: Most of those encounters were with people who were/are atheists themselves. 713 more words


World Gratitude Day 2016

Thankfully, World Gratitude Day is here!

Please join us in these reflections:  What are you grateful for? ♦  How has gratitude impacted your life? ♦  What does gratitude mean to you?  419 more words


Inspiring Reading: Gandhi, Satyagraha

His is one of the most recognizable faces and inspiring lives of all time, but do you really know this man and what he so passionately stood for? 155 more words

Peace & Justice

Sacrificing One's Soul

“I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin… I’m a monster. What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.” –The Operative, Serenity  680 more words


Why, When it Comes to Religion, the Ends ALWAYS Justify the Means

One of the great philosophical debates (and the first thing you learn in any Intro to Philosophy class) is about deontological vs. utilitarian morality: Are “right” and “wrong” a result of certain actions being inherently right or wrong (killing and stealing are wrong in principle) or is it determined based on the consequences of those actions (killing and stealing are wrong because of the harm they do to others)? 500 more words


Inspiring Reading: Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You

The Kingdom of God is Within You is one of the most challenging pieces of conviction and courage that you will ever read. It is essential reading for anyone who considers himself a Christian… and also for anyone who doesn’t. 58 more words