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Reasonings on Thus Spake Zarathustra

This blog was originally written for The Autarkist.

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Nietzche’s Zoroaster, the Atheistic Prophet 

When Zarathustra was alone, however, he said to his heart: “Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not…

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Added by Hiram on January 23, 2015 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

Reasonings About Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape

The following piece was originally written for The Autarkist.

After reading Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape, I’ve decided to finally articulate some of the praise and criticism that, for some time now, Harris and his work have inspired in me.

The goal…

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Added by Hiram on January 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Darwin and the Planet of the Apes

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and philosophical questions.

Planet of the Apes was pop culture’s response to the tensions generated by…

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Added by Hiram on January 17, 2015 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

Charlie Hebdo and the Terror of Free Expression

Originally written for The Autarkist.

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I woke up this morning to news of Islamic…

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Added by Hiram on January 7, 2015 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Alexander the Oracle-Monger

Human life is under the absolute dominion of two mighty principles, fear and hope. Any one who can make these serve his ends may be sure of rapid fortune. - Lucian, in his Alexander the Oracle Monger

Alexander is a work of secularist literature written by 2nd Century Roman satirist Lucian, who tells the story of a false prophet of Apollo. It depicts the…

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Added by Hiram on December 2, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Cita de "Varios días en Atenas"

"¡Hemos nombrado el error principal de la mente humana, la pesadilla de la felicidad humana, el pervertidor de la virtud humana! ¡Es la religión, esa moneda oscura de la ignorancia temblorosa! ¡Es la religión, esa envenenadora de la felicidad humana! ¡Es la religión, esa guía ciega de la razón humana! ¡Es la religión, esa detronadora de la virtud humana que yace en la raíz de todo el mal y toda la miseria que impregnan el mundo!"

- Frances Wright, en uno de…

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Added by Hiram on November 22, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Sita Sings the Blues

https://theautarkist.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/sita-sings-the-blues/

I was caught by surprise recently when I bumped into a secularist, perhaps a bit blasphemous, animated film titled Sita Sings the Blues. It is a re-telling of the story of Sita from a critical and non-devotional perspective. The film is based on the Hindu…

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Added by Hiram on November 11, 2014 at 9:13am — No Comments

Progressive Muslim Leader Speaks Up on Marriage Equality

“As somebody who’s living in a society that recognizes the separation between church and state, between mosque and state, sinagogue and state, or any other type of religious manifestation, I read a book by a lesbian lawyer from San Francisco arguing for gay marriage and I found her argument was absolutely solid in terms of secular principles. So I think if America is true to its secular principles, it would be very difficult to argue against that.”…

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Added by Hiram on October 11, 2014 at 1:33pm — 10 Comments

Unwanted Children at the Border and the Evil Legacy of Catholicism

A major immigrant crisis is brewing along the Mexico-US border where thousands of children are crossing without their parents, fleeing what seems like gang warfare. According to some estimates, nearly 70,000 people have died recently in Mexico as a result of drug-related conflict. While we must not diminish the importance of US foreign…

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Added by Hiram on September 27, 2014 at 2:01pm — 6 Comments

"Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote

Men who are charlatans, too, divert many, seizing them after some stress and enchanting them with their subtle kindness.”

— Philodemus, On Frank Criticism, Fragment 60
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Added by Hiram on July 30, 2014 at 3:40pm — 4 Comments

Burqa Back to Babylon, Boo: This is the West

This week, The Humanist posted a poll on whether we support France’s ban on women publicly wearing burqas.

Bill Maher jokingly says that Arab men keep their women in beekeper suits, but this is no joking matter. Women are silenced, made invisible daily in many parts of the world and the incursion of Muslims into Europe is bringing many unwanted traditions, such as honor killings, arranged marriage of…

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Added by Hiram on July 11, 2014 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Tending the Epicurean Garden

My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.

There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that…

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Added by Hiram on June 11, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

The première of #Cosmos featured Giordano #Bruno reading Lucretius' On the Nature of Things! Learn more: http://t.co/ifAAgwPMcT — Society of Epicurus (@SocietyEpicurus) March 10, 2014

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Added by Hiram on March 19, 2014 at 9:56am — 6 Comments

Society of Epicurus on Tumblr

http://societyofepicurus.tumblr.com/

The above link is to the tumblr page; it has many shareable secular humanist memes, links to articles, quotes, etc. that can be easily shared on social media.  Please share them!

Added by Hiram on March 19, 2014 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Happy 20th!, the newsletter for the Society of Friends of Epicurus, is live

January 2014 saw the inaugural issue of the Society of Friends of Epicurus’ newsletter, titled Happy 20th.  SFE is the first contemporary attempt a Humanist missionary work of this kind and is dedicated to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens.  If you’re interested in Humanism, philosophy, prudence, criticizing consumerism, living a frugal and simple…

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Added by Hiram on February 1, 2014 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

On Why Philosophical Materialism Matters

Originally posted in the Society of Friends of Epicurus page.

Karl Marx’s fascination with the ancient atomists led him to base his dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus: an early symptom of his future career as a materialist philosopher.  However, from their respective vantage points in history, Marx and Epicurus both reacted against…

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Added by Hiram on December 24, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

PLS VOTE :) Do you think police should send out trained clergy to violent crime scenes? (poll)

ugh wiping their butts with the constitution in Alabama ...

http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/10/do_you_think_police_should_sen.html

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Montgomery Police Department is coming under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union and national atheists groups for training ministers to respond to crime scenes.

American Atheists Inc. and the Freedom from Religion…

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Added by Hiram on October 11, 2013 at 7:19pm — 8 Comments

On the Architecture of Pleasure

Originally written for Society of Epicurus, the following piece delves into the relationship between architecture and ideology, experience, identity and worldview.  It also evaluates the Epicurean model of the Garden as a place of human flourishing.  Epicurus' philosophical (hedonistic) schools were known as 'Gardens' and were oases of reason, serenity and pleasure.

Notice, on the other hand and by way of contrast, how Stoicism derives its name from the stoas, the places that face the…

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Added by Hiram on September 29, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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