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    All Dressed Up But No Place To Go

    Thanks to Alexander R. for linking to this video at the Science Channel, which alleges that the robot in this example is well on its way to learning emotional associations. I have some very serious reservations about the video (does pushing on the robot from behind …

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    A Season Of The Year To Remember Fallen Epicureans

    Checking back over the last four years, it seems that late in August of odd-numbered years I have resubmitted the following post on “A Season of the Year To Remember Fallen Epicureans.”  This year, thanks to some posts by Domagoj V., I see that the season …

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    Is the Fountain Of Pleasure Tainted? Or Does the Taint Arise In How We Approach It?

    Some people seem to like to quote Lucretius out of context, in a way that implies that Lucretius was attacking, rather than following, pleasure as the guide of life. Here’s an example I saw quoted on Facebook today: Latin: “medio de fonte leporum, surgit amari …

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    Must I Believe “XXX” That Epicurus Said?

    In the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group we often run into questions such as “Must I believe XXX that Epicurus said?”  Here’s an example:  “Must every position held by Epicurus originally stay the same today? For instance, are we obliged to believe in gods (albeit deist …

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    Things That Never Change, And Things That Do

    We frequently encounter situations where in the past we had a high opinion of someone, but recent events cause us to lower that opinion considerably. Does this mean that we were necessarily “wrong” in the past? Does the possibility of being “wrong” mean that nothing …

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    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of August!

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be!   Many philosophers (particularly Stoics) assert that virtues are ends in themselves. They assert – in the classic phrase – that “virtue is its own reward.” This position is a direct …

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    Unwinding A Confusion About the Faculty of Pleasure By Considering the Nature of Money

    In a recent editorial, noted economic commentator Steve Forbes makes a point about “money” that provides a very useful analogy for those interested in the Epicurean view of “pleasure.” Before I quote Forbes, let’s remember an important aspect of what Epicurus said about “pleasure.” Diogenes …

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    Purging Yourself of Stoicism

    I believe the most important task that any modern student of Epicurus can do is to examine his or her own thoughts to identify the Stoicisms that have been absorbed from the modern culture, and purge them as quickly and effectively as possible.  This morning …

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    *Action* As A Requirement of Pleasure

    One of the strong implications of non-Epicurean philosophy is that our goal in life should be to achieve a “state” of mental peace.  Such states go under different names according to the commentator, but they are often referred to as “mindfulness” such as discussed in this …

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    A List of Events Documenting Christian Persecution of Hellenes In The Ancient World

    This is just a short post to link to an excellent page that is mostly in Greek, but with an English summary, entitled Christian Persecution Against the Hellenes. The page contains a timeline of events starting in 314 (Immediately after its full legalization, the Christian Church …

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    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of July!

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! Vatican Saying 45: “The study of nature does not create men who are fond of boasting and chattering or who show off the culture that impresses the many, but rather men …

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    The Real Troika

    At present the Greeks are focused on the actions of three institutions that are referred to as the “troika” – the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  For further info on these, check here. It seems to me …

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    Why I Think Epicurus Would Have Hated The “Tetrapharmakon”

    Wikipedia informs us that the tetrapharmakon comes down to us from a parchment found in the papyri of Herculaneum that it is attributed to Philodemus.  Wikipedia also informs us of the following translation, which apparently comes from D.S. Hutchinson: Don’t fear god, Don’t worry about death; …

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    An Important Observation About A Test of “Natural and Necessary”

    Epicurean passages from Seneca must be scrutinized strictly to determine whether Seneca is reporting accurately, or warping an Epicurean doctrine for a Stoic misuse.  Below is a passage I first posted about back in 2011 which I now see as very important, but for a different …

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    Peace and Safety For Your Twentieth of June! – “Outlines”

    Peace and Safety to the Epicureans of today, no matter where you might be! Epicurus advised us to prepare outlines to assist in our understanding of true philosophy.  Last November I wrote a post on Thomas Jefferson’s personal outline of Epicurean thought, as he wrote …

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