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An insignificant bipedal primate currently living on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Libertas Humanitas Concordia
An insignificant bipedal primate currently living on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Libertas Humanitas Concordia

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End of Scarcity

Broadcasting legend James Burke returns to the airwaves to discuss the biggest change to humanity in 10,000 years. In 50 years or so he predicts nanotechnology will give us capabilities we've only imagined of in science fiction. In labs around the world the foundations are being laid for the 'nano-fabricator' a device that will allow us to assemble just about anything, atom by atom; including itself. IT COULD MEAN THE END OF SCARCITY ITSELF.

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Documenting Hate: Charlottesville
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally.

Disturbing and a must watch.

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Not Stoicism

Good article and it's fitting that the site has been called out for what they truly are. Read the referenced article, I'm not linking to them, but they do not represent Stoicism as I understand it.

People ask me occasionally about this site. If you know much about Stoic philosophy, you can tell it's whackadoodle right away, and so I've just said "don't take it seriously". Didn't dig around enough in it to find all these much more troubling aspects - but Pharos did. . .

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DSM Stoics next Meetup: May 22, 7-9 PM

DSM Stoics next Meetup: May 22, 7-9 PM "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness"

We will look at the spiritual/psychological exercises found in Stoicism and how one applies Stoic philosophy in modern life. Stoicism and the Art of Happiness by Donald J. Robertson is a good introduction to Stoicism and will be our guide for the next few Meetups.

Stoicism and the Art of Happiness by Donald J. Robertson

This Meetup will focus on; including the preface, chapters 1-2. Please read them ahead of time; unlike our past Meetups, we will not have time to read the complete text together. It's of course helpful, but not required to have done the reading to attend.

Preface: modern Stoicism
Chapter 1: The way of the Stoic: ‘Living in agreement with Nature’
Chapter 2: Stoic Ethics: the nature of the good

If you read further, great! We may have time to go into the third chapter as well.

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Stoic and Buddhist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Patrick Ussher

Interesting read. I've not read the ebook yet, however it is purchased. Having studied or currently studying both subjects I have noticed some compatibility between the two approaches.

#stoicism #buddhism

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Stoic Week 2017 Report (part 2)

A strong positive relationship between Stoicism and well-being has been documented in previous Stoic Week reports.


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USA TODAY: Who are we as a country? Time to decide: Sally Yates.

“We the people of the United States” (we are a democratic republic, not a dictatorship) “in order to form a more perfect union” (we are a work in progress dedicated to a noble pursuit) “establish justice” (we revere justice as the cornerstone of our democracy) “insure domestic tranquility” (we prize unity and peace, not divisiveness and discord), “provide for the common defense” (we should never give any foreign adversary reason to question our solidarity) “promote the general welfare” (we care about one another; compassion and decency matter) “and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” (we have a responsibility to protect not just our own generation, but future ones as well).

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Areté: The Philosophy Board Game

So, just order this board game. I can't say if it's good or not yet. I've read no reviews and have not played it. But, given the subject I had to order it.

#boardgames #philosophy

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Best New Star Trek: The Orville

I'm calling the winner now. The Orville is a better Star Trek than Star Trek Discovery. The Orville has room to improve, but it's good. It has the elements I loved about the original Star Trek. Each episode starts and ends a story, check. Each episode at least attempts to address a moral/ethical issue, check. It's a sci-fi, yeah check. Discovery just doesn't feel like Star Trek beyond the Klingons, ships, and uniforms. It's missing its soul.

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Obama's Final Numbers

The report card is in. Overall, it went pretty well according to the numbers.
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