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Epicurean Atheists

The Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 - 270 BCE) started a school of thinking based upon the pursuit of immaterial, non-physical joys and pleasures.   Epicureans are very different from Hedonists.

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The Epicurean Brain - Please Read Before Joining

The Epicurean Brain - Please Read Before Joining

The Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 - 270 BCE) started a school of thinking based upon the pursuit of immaterial, non-physical joys and pleasures.   Epicureans are very different from Hedonists.


Epicurus is quoted to have said:   'It is more important with whom we eat than what we eat.'  

Without having scientific evidence to back this up, I am convinced that Epicureans follow this philosophy not by a mere conscious decision.  Instead they are determined by a specific combination of innate hardwired traits in their brain.   Adopting the philosophy is the consequence, it is the conscious acceptance of an innate identity. 

These traits are:
1.  Low subconscious instinctive forces and therefore only weak urges towards procreation, hierarchy forming, ingroup-outgroup distinction.   As a consequence, the rational capacities are not hindered or deactivated by instincts. 
2.  The pleasure center in the brain has a high perceptivitiy and sensitivity to emotional and intellectual stimulation and a low perceptivity and sensitivity to physical stimulation.  

As far as Epicureans feel instinctive urges, these trigger behavior to restore homeostasis rather than pleasure seeking behavior.  

This kind of a brain enables an Epicurean to be an atheist, skeptics, egalitarian, childfree and to be non-promiscuous, attracted only to monogamous commitment with a companion.

People with such a brain are rare.   But they exist and Epicurus himself is the evidence.   Had he himself not had such a brain, I doubt that he had ever developed his philosophy.   Had there not been likeminded people, nobody would have shared the community of Epicurus' garden. 

Having a brain wired differently than the majority is a reason to feel intellectual lonelieness along with emotional loneliness.   Having a brain wired to feel attracted to the same way of thinking as a great philosopher cannot be a reason to feel uncomfortable about oneself and it is certainly not a reason to attempt to become like the majority.   Instead it is a reason to look for likeminded people.

Being an innate Epicuran myself, I invite all Epicureans to join this group.   

More information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicureanism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicurus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_happiness#Epicurus

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Society of Friends of Epicurus founded

Started by Hiram Mar 27, 2013. 0 Replies

Please visit the new webpage for the International Society of Friends of Epicurus at societyofepicurus.com!Continue

The Festival of Epicurus coming up in mid-January

Started by Hiram. Last reply by Maruli Marulaki Jan 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Ancient sources cite the 10th day of the month of Gamelion as the day of Epicurus' birth.  As such, he held a feast in his Garden, and later when his hero cult evolved he was celebrated on that…Continue

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Epicureanism: Consideration And Responsibility

Started by Maruli Marulaki Jan 18, 2013. 0 Replies

I have been watching a video containing a male interpretation of Epicurus' philosophy.   (Thanks, Hiram, for the link in the 'Garden Of Epicurus' group elsewhere.)In one part:…Continue

Compiled Comments: Epicureanism And The Meaning Of Attachment

Started by Maruli Marulaki. Last reply by Maruli Marulaki Jan 8, 2013. 2 Replies

Comment by Dr. Allan H. Clark    The problem I find with Epicureanism is that once you form an attachment to a lover, spouse, child, or friend, you can become anxious about their welfare. When they…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 10:35pm
The purpose of my life is to attain a feeling of joy, gratitude, to maintain a calm life, filled with peace, immune from fear, free of pain, to support a life-style I can maintain, to be circled by family, friends and neighbors I respect and they respect me, as well as to have a team of medical providers who know what they are doing and educate me to restored health.
Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 12, 2013 at 2:31am

Welcome Joan, it is nice, that you found your way to come here.  

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 7, 2013 at 12:07pm

I have moved all the comments concerning attachment into a discussion thread:  http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/epicurean/forum/topics/compiled-c...

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 6, 2013 at 9:57pm

Welcome, Allan. 

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 2, 2013 at 10:24am

welcome, Kalliope

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on December 26, 2012 at 6:19pm

Welcome, Richard. 

Comment by Richard Goscicki on December 26, 2012 at 6:07pm

Good post. I was an advocate of Epicurus since I learned about the Pax Romana in high school. As I remember, the three great emperors of this unique century of peace were Hadrian, Antonius Pious and lastly the great Marcus Aurelius—all epicureans. Sadly, Marcus had a son by a prostitute named Commodus and the Epicurean rule came down with a crash. This was the true beginning of the decline. Commodus made Caligula look like Jimmy Carter.

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on December 26, 2012 at 1:59pm

The famous poem by Lucretius De Rerum Natura is available as an audio book for free download from Librivox. 

In English http://librivox.org/on-the-nature-of-things-by-titus-lucretius-carus/

and also in Latin http://librivox.org/de-rerum-natura-by-titus-lucretius-carus/

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on December 26, 2012 at 1:42pm

Welcome Steph and Hiram.   I am pleasantly surprised to get some activity back to this silent group.  

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on July 16, 2012 at 6:16am

Welcome Harrison.   I will answer your question sometime soon.

 

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