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Kevin Smith

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Stoicism & Emotion

I share this not because of the Trump issues raised. The author's position on Stoicism and it's response to emotion that struck me. This is certainly not a new criticism. The author seems to associate Stoicism with disengagement. One need only read history to see that Stoics have been engaged in all areas of society; politics being the most relavent here. 
In troubled political times, we need to let our emotions guide us to action.
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Donald Robertson
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On the morning after the United States election this year, like many people I know, I was afraid to get out of bed. But I had had good fortune. At “Stoicon” in New York in October, I’d picked up The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance,…
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It was an honor to interview Donald Robertson about stoicism–as he's been a selfless and prolific contributor to the world of stoic philosophy for a long time. If you are not yet familiar with his work, you should be. He is a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist, trainer, and author who specialises in the ...
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+Travis Hume  has created a G+ version of his Applying Stoicism FB group. I think his project is a very interesting one - writing about Stoicism, but drawing only (or at least primarily) upon his own experiences with attempting to apply Stoic principles and practices. Well worth reading - or in the case of the community - checking out

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115810933344583843693
Applying Stoicism
Google+ counterpart to the Facebook group "Applying Stoicism." A community on the modern-day application of ancient Stoic philosophy.
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Donald Robertson
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Modern #Stoicism Wikipedia Article
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Here is an interesting NY Times article from Dec.6, 2016 that goes into depth on our Stoicon 2016 keynote speaker Ryan Holiday:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/fashion/ryan-holiday-stoicism-american-apparel.html?_r=1
Mr. Holiday, who was an aggressive marketer for Dov Charney’s American Apparel, has repackaged a 2,300-year-old philosophy as a self-help strategy for athletes, entrepreneurs and hip-hop artists.
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C Chakrapani

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Just finished reading a book by Antoine Leiris “You Will not Have my Hate.” On Friday, November 13, 2015, there were a series of coordinated attacks in Paris by terrorists. One of these attacks was a mass shooting at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theater. Among the victims was the young mother of 17-month-old Melvil, whose father, Antoine Leiris, is the author of this book.

“You Will not Have my Hate” shares the author's thoughts during the following 12 days until the day after the funeral of his wife, Helene. Two days after the attack, Antoine Leiris shared this thought about the terrorists with his Facebook followers: "To respond to your hate with anger would be to yield to the same ignorance that made you what you are. You want me to be scared. ..You have failed. I will not change…This little boy [his son] will defy you by being happy and free. Because you will not have his hate either."

I don’t believe that Leiris is a Stoic (a follower of Stoicism). I’m not even sure if he is familiar with Stoicism. Yet, his refusal to react to outside events in a mechanical way is a great example of Stoicism in action.

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Excellent! Thanks for the share +C Chakrapani.
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Important: Remember to complete the final online questionnaire if you took part in Stoic Week this year. Thanks!
http://tinyurl.com/StoicWeek2016After
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Ethan Mills

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My blog post on Stoic Week 2016!

"Since we recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and a lot of people (including me) have noted Stoic themes in Star Trek, I thought it would be nice to concentrate on Star Trek for Sci-Fi Stoic Week 2016."
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This is a friendly, open community for discussion of ancient Stoic philosophy and its applications to the challenges of modern living. It's based on Stoic principles and values, so please contribute wisely and virtuously, and for the common welfare of mankind.

Donald Robertson
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#Stoicism Book Review
Review of The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday (2014).
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An excellent review.

I put this book down after I was halfway through it because of something you allude to in your review. Specifically the use of examples such as Margaret Thatcher, Steve Jobs and Erwin Rommel. I find it difficult to want to emulate a person's approach in the face of a challenge and mentally separate it from who they are/were as a whole.

Taking the metaphor further, while Hitler and Stalin likely overcame obstacles in creative and perhaps admirable ways, taking their behavior in isolation from their infamous lives is a set of mental gymnastics that I am as yet incapable of.

Mr. Holiday comes from a background of writing about success in business. I sensed an undertone in this book that anything that helps you achieve "success" is inherently good. While success in business and success as a human being (living according to Nature) are not mutually exclusive, I'm not aware of many examples of a person who has achieved both. To wit, my country is inaugurating a man on Friday who epitomizes this mutual exclusivity.

Despite these criticisms, (which anyone may freely disagree with below), anything that piques popular interest in learning more about Stoicism is undoubtedly a good thing.
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Gabriel Murray

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I wrote a paper about how Stoicism can inform the development of ethical A.I. systems. I welcome comments. https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.02388
Abstract: We present a position paper advocating the notion that Stoic philosophy and ethics can inform the development of ethical A.I. systems. This is in sharp contrast to most work on building ethical A.I., which has focused on Utilitarian or Deontological ethical theories. We relate ethical A.I. to several ...
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Great idea 
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Dee Kay

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Hello. Just a little notice to say I somehow stumbled on http://modernstoicism.com/ and followed the "Stoic Week 2016" handbook last week, although the questionnaires were not available (dead link) so I couldn't contribute to the survey (besides losing the opportunity to "self-evaluate" - but since this was not in my power, I won't worry about it). I appreciated the experience, and might similarly try the month-long version in the future.
Stoic Week 2016 takes place from 17th – 23rd October
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Thank you very much for the clarification, +Gregory B. Sadler . If the dates are not defined yet, that's perfectly fine, I'll write myself a reminder to check back in early May and see if an SMRT has been scheduled by then.
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Donald Robertson
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Interview with Ronald Pies, author of Everything has Two Handles.
http://modernstoicism.com/interview-ronald-pies/
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Audio recordings from Stoicon 2016, available for download as MP3 files.
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Want to deepen your understanding of this central work in the Stoic tradition? Jonesing for more Stoic coursework after Stoic Week? I've created a new online course, which you can enroll in and work through at your own pace - for free.

This class includes 21 lecture videos providing commentary on each chapter of the text, 16 downloadable handouts and worksheets, discussion forums and quizzes, background materials, and curated links of other resources available online.

In the coming months (and years) we'll be creating and publishing a number of other courses in the ReasonIO Academy. So check out this free course, and keep an eye out for our offerings later this Fall and in Spring 2016.

http://reasonio.teachable.com/p/epictetus-enchiridion
study a classic text of ancient Stoic philosophy, Epictetus' Enchiridion, with Dr. Gregory Sadler
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Bendžamin Tol

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...is it truly good for a man to be virtuous?
According to Plato’s Apology, the god of Delphi identified Socrates as the wisest of all people. Yet in that same text Socrates claims hi...
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Réa Dúllaing

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And so, that's Stoic Week.

I don't feel inclined to give any comment on today's readings except to say that the theme (nature) tied in just nicely with my usual Sunday activity (walking, in nature)

Stoic Week has been a helpful week, though I certainly need much more practice at the exercises before I can even begin to realise the potential therein.
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Réa Dúllaing

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Tonight's evening reflection... Simply living in the NOW. (I like Eckhart Tolle on this)

Today's midday ex. is a challenging one, when I've previously considered this exercise I've been concerned about getting myself down or depressing myself somewhat.
However, today's exposition on the exercise helped me see that it's a method for getting used to the worst case scenario so that there's no shock to the system if worst case scenario does happen.
Due to the visualisation, you don't have to worry about the subsequent shock to the system. (And when it doesn't actually happen, the less-worst case scenario is easy-peasy in comparison).




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