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Epicurean Philosophy -- and Re-Introducing Myself

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Hi all. I was a contributor many years back and am back to Om Times. Over the last couple of years, I wrote…Continue

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Darwin and the Planet of the Apes

The following article was written in celebration of Darwin Day.I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and philosophical questions.Planet of the Apes was pop culture’s…See More
Feb 12, 2016
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A Review of Sophie’s World

Sophie’s World is a history of philosophy written in the format of a mystery novel by Jostein Gaarder. It had been recommended to me many years ago.The novel concerns a little girl, Sophia, who gets a correspondence course in philosophy from a mysterious character … further details into the plot would require spilling the beans, which I won’t do, except to point out that this is also a coming-of-age…See More
May 26, 2015
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Concord: a Book on Friendship

The following is a review of the Book of Concord, which is just one of the books within the Humanist Bible by AC Grayling. The Humanist Bible is a secular, philosophical alternative to the Abrahamic one which is written in the same editorial style and contains numerous wisdom traditions, such as one on leadership (Lawgiver) and this one, on friendship. There are also chronicles, proverbs,…See More
May 19, 2015
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Tending the Epicurean Garden

My book Tending the Epicurean Garden is available from amazon and can also be purchased directly from Humanist Press which, by the way, also made available WH Mallock’s Lucretius on Life and Death available as a free companion to it. I'm thrilled that to be able to take…See More
May 14, 2015
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On Natural Community

In Epicurean discourse we often get into discussions of minimalism from the perspective of natural and necessary desires: minimalism not for the sake of frugality and simplicity, but for the sake of having a deep conviction of what is and what isn’t necessary.The natural measure of wealth is that which corresponds to our natural and necessary desires.Thus, in our discussions of autarchy we talk about the …See More
May 5, 2015
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Oinoanda: “What the Truth Was Before it Turned into Ruins”

Even if you carve the truth on a gigantic rock mass, in the end, there will be no one to understand it. It will eventually merge into the soil and keep waiting to be understood. As human beings occupy themselves with empty beliefs instead of searching for the truth, we should take it our destiny to ask curious and wailing questions wondering “what the truth was before it turned into ruins”– Quote from the documentary “Gigantic Jigsaw Puzzle:…See More
Apr 30, 2015
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6th Taoist Contemplation: Lao-Tse as Life Coach

Efficient people do one thing at a time. They work on one project, bring it to completion, then move on to the next task. In On Why Materialism Matters, I made the case that in nature we observe what I call the paradigm of emergence. Complex things emerge from simpler things.Notice the sense of emergence that is presupposed in materialism.  We believe that, first, there are atoms and molecules, then progressively more…See More
Apr 28, 2015
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The Epicurean revival

As the annals of history have it, in the sixth century Emperor Justinian had all the schools of philosophy that competed with Christianity finally closed. This was the last we heard of the Epicurean School, whose tradition had remained culturally vibrant for seven centuries. Epicurus had been among the first to propose the atom—2,300 years ago—the social contract as a foundation for the rule of law, and the possibility of an empirical process of pursuit of happiness: a science of happiness.…See More
Apr 23, 2015
Hiram Crespo commented on Hiram Crespo's blog post '9th Contemplation of Tao: Control of Desires'
"By the way, this is only one of nearly a dozen pieces written on Taoism from an Epicurean perspective. I would have wanted to share the entire series but didn't want to flood the Om Times…"
Apr 22, 2015
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Apr 22, 2015
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9th Contemplation of Tao: Control of Desires

Nothing is enough to someone for whom what is enough is little. The thankless nature of the soul makes the creature endlessly greedy for variations in its lifestyle. Vatican Sayings 68-69Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage. – Tao Te Ching 12Lao-Tse explains that the high use the low as their foundation and basis. A mountain is not a mountain, except with relation to the valley or the lower slopes. And, what is a king…See More
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Hiram Crespo is the author of Tending the Epicurean Garden (Humanist Press, 2014) and founder of societyofepicurus.com. He lives on the north side of Chicago.
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Darwin and the Planet of the Apes

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The following article was written in celebration of Darwin Day.

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and…

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A Review of Sophie’s World

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Sophie’s World is a history of philosophy written in the format of a mystery novel by Jostein Gaarder. It had been recommended to me many years ago.

The novel concerns a little girl, Sophia, who gets a correspondence course in philosophy from a mysterious character … further details into the plot would require spilling the beans, which I won’t do, except to point out that this is also a…

Continue

Concord: a Book on Friendship

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The following is a review of the Book of Concord, which is just one of the books within the Humanist Bible by AC Grayling. The Humanist Bible is a secular, philosophical alternative to the Abrahamic one which is written in the same editorial style and contains numerous wisdom traditions, such as one on leadership (Lawgiver) and this one, on friendship.…

Continue

Tending the Epicurean Garden

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments

My book Tending the Epicurean Garden is available from amazon and can also be purchased directly from Humanist Press which, by the way, also made available WH Mallock’s Lucretius on Life and Death available as a free companion to it. I'm thrilled that to be able to take…

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