Tree of knowledge

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  Nothing seems as arcane, academic and sophisticated as philosophy, the discipline of questioning truth and meaning, life and world, and not whatsoever else. Long is the tradition of the philosophizing man, since the youngest day of human thinking, many thoughts about us and our environment have grown, the seemingly more valid ones grew bigger…
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Vis ad omnia: free energy

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  First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. ― Gandhi Energy means power. Power means comfort. Comfort means time. Time means fulfilment. We live in a time where meaningful use of energy seems limited by natural resources. The scarcity of natural resources asks for its equal…
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Hoeckel: Agone & Earthly

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  Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. – Khalil Gibran These frames from the past and bygone are made by Beth Hoeckel. All rights reserved.  

Third World War: Already happening

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  Only now, at very least when threatening our daily humble self, the extent of the global economic divergence strikes Western, particularly European, awareness. The West feels unconformable when things aren’t going to their plan. Recently, the in the meantime somewhat old-fashioned conflict between the West and East, between the Alliance and Eurasia is the…
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Blick ins Chaos

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  “Nichts ist aussen, nichts ist innen, denn was aussen ist, ist innen.” The Brothers Karamazov – The Downfall of Europe (1920) by Hermann Hesse, translated by Stephen Hudson. It appears to me that what I call the Downfall of Europe is foretold and explained with extreme clearness in Dostoevsky’s works and in the most…
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Survival of the smartest

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  Intelligence as the measure of intellect. Intelligence as capacity for understanding, abstraction or logic. Intelligence as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Intelligent. More intelligent. Most intelligent. Less intelligent. Least intelligent. Few words have such an judgemental and evaluative connotation as intelligence in our modern society permanently seeking for efficiency, structure…
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Power by merits

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  “In the future, democracy is not going to last long, because the politician is already ignorant before the scientist; he is already in the hands of the scientist. The future belongs to the scientist, not to the politician.” “Democracy is not the highest goal. It is better than dictatorial regimes, it is better than…
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Disturbing freedom

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  What often bothers me in everyday life is the normative barrier. One speaks of freedom of speech, and yet it has its limitations: Not every subject enjoys the same acceptance. Why is fundamental virtue such as curiosity, the desire to learn and to ask, punished with rejection and contempt? In a broader sense, why…
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Satire in Polish

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  Pawła Kuczyńskiego (Pawel Kuczynski) has become a famous Polish illustrator in the meantime. His satirical works are known throughout the, at least interconnected, world. Being surrealist in their form, the digital paintings remain prevalent: In an appealing and simple fashion, actuality and necessity are brought together. Even if these pictures are doubtlessly overused and…
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Double Sarcasm

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  I know how stupid, literally ignorant and hateful, the average christian fundamentalist can look like, but, thanks to the world wide web, a recent entry showed some interesting ambiguity: the self-proclaimed adversaries, the atheist scepticists, are on war footing as well. The following example exhibits some theists arguing for their persuasion of evolution trough…
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Philoptics

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  Various philosophical attitudes and tendencies have been visualized in a plain and symbolic manner by the talented designer Genis Carreras. For the first time I see rather complicated concepts in a such appealing illustratory fashion. The so-called Philographics wake curiosity and interest: What are they actually standing for? Which one can I identify with?…
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How to Be

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  You shall be, but not key Be great, but don’t be prodigious Be little, but don’t be invisible Be successful, but don’t be resounding Be servile, but don’t be worthless Be imaginative, don’t be ingenious Be useful, don’t be fertile Be charming, don’t be loving Be capable, don’t be talented Be powerful and mighty…
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Science: belief or truth

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  Any sound scientific theory, whether of time or of any other concept, should in my opinion be based on the most workable philosophy of science: the positivist approach put forward by Karl Popper and others. According to this way of thinking, a scientific theory is a mathematical model that describes and codifies the observations…
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Histrionic dandy: Wilde

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  Having been an Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde is associated with the artistic and philosophical aestheticism movement, not least because of his great commitment. His statements were known to be uncomfortable and disturbing. In a way, he was chliched drama and awkward truth at the same time. Being actor and mask carrier, innocent and…
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Social Spectrum

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  Politics isn’t about left or right. It isn’t about equality or liberty. Realpolitik is about money and power. That’s why the following figure truly isn’t about politics, but simplified social preferences. Ideal politics would be about the synthesis of dichotomies. Speaking of jungian typology, one could say the right correlates with NT and SJ…
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Happy Life

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  Do you know your hearts limits?   “If you don’t like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that its happening, not that you saw it.” ― Marie Sarantakis     “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would…
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Prodigy August Times

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  Fashion passes, style remains. Likewise music comes and goes, only bullshit is forever. One of the most interesting artists in the field of music releases his long-awaited debut April 8th 2013. Its titel “Times“ is appropriately chosen, though indeed it seems to be timeless. David August has waited quite a long time, cancelling all…
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Sadness is a Sunset

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  Sadness Is a Blessing. Or even more: I saw you again, it felt like we had never met It’s like the sun set in your eyes and never wanted to rise And what have you done with the one I love? When I look into your eyes, I see no surprise I always thought…
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