First, let me state that I am an atheist. As such I do not believe there is any god—moral or not. The assumption is that if (this is a super if) there were a god, could that god be moral? I will look at various concepts or definitions of god and see whether these types … More Can God Be Moral?
The concept of human flourishing began with the Greeks and the word they used was eudemonia. According to The Basics of Philosophy web page on the word, it “is a moral philosophy that defines right action as that which leads to the “well-being” of the individual . . .” The word is often defined in English as “happiness;” although, it would … More What is Human Flourishing?
In this blog I am going to explore books as a metaphor for life. The idea for this came via a friend (Bill) in a group at CBH Life Skills (a PRP) I attend for treatment of the bipolar disease with which I deal.¹ What spark the idea for the blog was when Bill said, … More What Is In a Book?
Right about what? Mark Twain once claimed: “If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.” Sounds pretty outrageous, but is it? Not in my half insane mind. [Disclaimer – Twain only mentions man, but with a few differences, perhaps for the better by including woman, I think … More Was Mark Twain Right?
Is it pompous of me to give an answer to this question? Or, is it preposterous? Either way, what could I say, since so many have made the attempt before me, no one seemingly agreeing, at least not completely, with each other? So, allow me to babble on a bit. My first and foremost answer … More What Is Philosophy?
So, what weirdness am I talking about? Wee-ah-ooo—quantum weirdness. For anybody who knows just a little bit about quantum physics they should feel there is some strangeness going on down there in the quantum world. This world is the realm of the atom and below (particles and sub-particles). [Disclaimer: what I have to say in … More What Is All The Weirdness About?
Well, here is another blog on the philosophy of religion, but with a twist, or you could say twisted. I find it fascinating to contemplate a virtual infinity of gods. You may think that this is far out there in left field, but no more than a belief in any type of god or gods. … More What If There Were a Virtual Infinity of Gods?
Me in my apron The smart-alecky answer is I would starve. As with anything I write there are multiple reasons at play, and this is true of my cooking and baking. Some of the reasons are: it is an activity I enjoy very muchly; it is a challenge; it is a way to explore my creativity; … More Why Do I Cook and Bake?
There are two types of artificial intelligence (AI). Strong AI is a research program to get computers to to think like humans (some include consciousness as the goal), and weak AI is to get computers to act smart, doing some tasks that humans perform. Some weak AI programs are called expert systems. Others include making mathematical proofs, … More Is Strong AI Possible?
Aristotle had a theory of ethics that focused on what is called virtues. His virtues included courage, benevolence, and temperance. Within this theory was a theory of the mean. The basic idea is that each virtue is a mean (or halfway point) on a continuum. One example is bravery. It is situated between cowardice and … More What Did Aristotle Mean?