Group of Mespotamian hunter-gatherers with label "Alpha," and Egyptian statue with label "Beta."

Expat: Socionics and History

In a special live event, Expat will be providing an analysis of historical events through the prism of socionics. In particular, he will look at the socionics theory of quadra progression as a way to understand civilizations and nations in their historical context. This will be followed by a Q&A. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left …

Man looks into the universe

The Universe

The Big Bang   Every day beautiful and miraculous objects suddenly appear, from snowflakes on a cold winter morning to vibrant rainbows after a late-afternoon summer shower. Yet no one but the most ardent fundamentalists would suggest that each and every such object is lovingly and painstakingly and, most important, purposefully created by a divine …

What was my motivation to write Philosophy for Heroes?

How did you get the idea for your most recent book? A personal history of Philosophy for Heroes I never start with a blank paper and just write. Instead, I write little ideas on paper or in my phone, and I use online discussions as a way to motivate myself to write short paragraphs and …

Recommended additional reading (PfH1: Knowledge)

For “Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge,” I relied on a number of authors for inspiration, ideas, and source material. Here is a selection of recommended additional reading, if you want to go beyond the introduction I gave in the book itself, here is my list for the first book. Enjoy!      Karen Armstrong. Twelve Steps to …

Ayn Rand Mike Wallace Interview 1959 part 1

In this engaging 1959 interview, her first on television, Ayn Rand capsulizes her philosophy for CBS’s Mike Wallace. The discussion ranges from the nature of morality to the economic and historical distortions disseminated about the “robber barons.” She also comments on her relationship with Frank O’Connor, provides some autobiographical information and gives her perspective on …

Guidelines for Productive Discussions

By Clemens Lode on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:06pm Do you want your discussions to be productive and draw people’s attention? Here are guidelines to help you become productive in any discussion you may encounter. Before posting, please keep these following guidelines in mind: First of all, if you are linking to an article …

The Problem of Induction

  Can We Acquire Knowledge? Clemens Lode, Apr 2015* In his Critique of Pure Reason1, Kant wished to argue against the empiricism of David Hume. He claimed that induction in relation to causality could not be a means of learning anything about nature since the justification of the validity of induction would in turn require …