Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told.
– Henry David Thoreau
Humans have always been fond of storytelling – whether in visual, oral or written forms. This blog post will look at different types of story to explore how they differ in purpose. Continue reading “The Purpose of Storytelling”
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
Ever accelerating social and technological progress impacts everyone living in the world today. Let’s take a look at some common assumptions and beliefs surrounding progress. Along the way let’s look back to see if we can find any relevant lessons from history. Continue reading “Asking The Right Questions – Part 3 – Rethinking Progress”
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
Science is commonly presented as the opposing view to holding a religious belief. Recently these conflicts Continue reading “Asking The Right Questions – Part 2 – Science vs Religion”
“Probably the most important skill that children learn is how to learn. … Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. This is a mistake.”
Asking questions and posing problems are powerful ways to develop a growing mind. Questions feed the brain in ways that Continue reading “Asking The Right Questions – Part 1 – Politics”
“An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.”
This blog has been created to present interesting topics to people with open minds and a thirst for knowledge beyond ‘conventional wisdom’ and ‘common knowledge’. Topics will vary wildly but will generally fall inside philosophy, science, metaphysics, religion, art, health, ethics & technology.