Category Archives: Smart thinking

Ideas that add up #211

[John Searle, in Mind] says of certain arguments offered by philosophers of the materialist school, “What they suggest is that these people are determined to try to show that our ordinary common-sense notions of the mental do not name anything … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #195

It can be surprisingly difficult to determine where to ‘aim’ your gratitude. Contemporary western culture gives the impression that we are all ‘entitled’ to the good things of life. At the same time, the ‘good things’ are implicitly and explicitly … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #91

“Here, she says, are a bunch of people. They outnumber you, outearn you, outweigh you. They are, ergo — in some simplistic calculation — a  power greater than you. They certainly know more about staying sober than you. . . … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #86

In the beginning was the list. Baumeister and Tierney in Willpower: Why Self-Control is the Secret to Success Monday’s to-do list: 1/ Let there be light; 2/ Observe light; 3/ Confirm light is good; 4/ Divide light from goodness; 5/ Give name to light (“Day”) … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #85

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne quoted by Stephen Briers in New Humanism, March/April 2013 Eudaemonia, in Aristotle, means … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #82

On a visit to Leningrad some years ago, I consulted a map to find out where I was, but I could not make it out. From where I stood, I could see several enormous churches, yet there was no trace … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #80

The [Buddhist] idea of the void-essence of self [ie our own fundamental essence is non-existence] is one arrived at through meditation, through exercises in reflection dictated by centuries of tradition. That’s enough to give us pause right there — it’s … Continue reading

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