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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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 12:39pm

Hiram, you open an intriguing new bit of information for me. I can see that a long cold spring will be made warmer by exploring these ideas. 

Comment by Hiram on March 27, 2014 at 7:20pm

AHA is covering Epicureanism again ;) they have a new magazine style presentation with 'The Humanist', their magazine, and they featured sth on Lucretius this week:

Episode Two: Lucretius, the MacGyver of Natural Philosophy

Lucretius is the keystone of materialism, its prime example of how staggeringly far a single mind can go in understanding the universe aided by nothing but the proposition that everything is composed of atoms. His masterpiece, De Rerum Natura, published over two thousand years ago, is an astonishing encapsulation of prescient hyper-modern insights into the physical world. From genetics to cosmology, optics to neuroscience, Lucretius’s ideas are correct freakishly often, explainable only under the hypothesis that (1) Lucretius was a Time Lord, or (2) a little bit of materialism unencumbered by the need for theogonic consistency goes a long way indeed....

read more:

http://thehumanist.com/arts_entertainment/humor/the-cartoon-history...

Comment by Hiram on March 23, 2014 at 4:35pm

There are several updates on Epicurus recently. Luis Granados, the editor of my upcoming book, has written a testimonial piece for The Humanist on how he celebrates the 20th http://thehumanist.com/commentary/happy-twentieth

Good luck with listening to it in audio, it's six-chapters long and each chapter is book-length!  Best to digest Lucretius piece by piece with synopsis of each chapter, but it's fascinating.  He was writing not just about the atom and natural explanations for disease and for heavenly bodies, but also about natural selection 2,000 years ago.  Epicureans had been discussing this about 2,300 years before Darwin.

“Diogenes, that the doctrine laid down by Epicurus on an infinite number of worlds is true I am confident” - Theodoridas 

I'm happy that the followers of ‪#‎Cosmos‬ are beginning to connect the dots back to Lucretius and Epicurus. This article traces the ideas of Giordano Bruno presented during the first episode as having been inspired by Lucretius. The article says:

"..... But the script never says that. Bruno got the idea of infinite space from Lucretius, but he also read Nicolas of Cusa, who related the concept to an infinite God."

Comment by Daniel W on March 23, 2014 at 3:58pm

Joan, I might have to file that in my mind under "one of these days.....".

Although playing in the car, 11 hours is about 11 round trips to work, so doable.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2014 at 3:30pm

ON THE NATURE OF THINGS, Lucretius,

Carus - FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books

Oh dear, this audio book is almost 11 hours. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 23, 2014 at 3:04pm

Hiram, do you know if there is an audio version? It would be nice to listen to this.

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