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Al’s House

February 24, 2013

Al's House

Whose houe is it?
Al’s House!

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Ten Core Epicurean Values

February 24, 2013

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Who wants some more Epicurus??!!?

Ooh! Me! Me!

Built upon an attempt to scientifically understand the universe, epicureanism emphasized an ethics and way of living based in rationality. It was extremely popular for around five hundred years (approximately 300 B.C. to 200 A.D.). , it teaches that the way to happiness is simple and available to everyone. Below are the ten core tenants to be practiced in our personal and public lives.

In our Personal Lives we should practice:

1) Prudence – (the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason, wisdom in the management of affairs, skill and good judgment in the use of resources)
2) Self-management
3) Self-sufficiency
4) Serenity
5) Simplicity

In our Relationships with Others we should practice:

6) Friendliness
7) Honesty
8) Generosity
9) Cheerfulness
10) Gentleness

Next week we’ll head just below the surface. We’ll explore the Epicureanism’s Principle Doctrines. These will help explain the Counsels and Values further and give the reasoning behind the maxims.

Link!     http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/epicurus/

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February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Nicky!

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Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473) was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe.

The publication of Copernicus’ epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the rise of the ensuing Scientific Revolution. Copernicus’ heliocentric theory placed the Sun at the center of the solar system and described that system’s mechanics in mathematical rather than Aristotelian terms.

Nicolaus Copernicus was born in the city of Torun (Thorn), in the province of Royal Prussia, in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland. His father was a merchant from Krakow and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy…

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February 18, 2013

Fun little thought about toons (one of my favorite subjects)…

Mythic Bios

A cartoon is not a frivolous thing. It can look like a silly drawing or a caricature of life. Upon first glance, it seems to only exist on either a screen or a piece of paper. Sometimes, it even says witty things or does something stupid or endearing that can make us laugh.

Cartoons have been around for so long–on television, in movies, in the newspaper funny-pages and even on T-shirts–that we take them for granted. We don’t always take them seriously.

But consider. A cartoon is an archetype. It is an idea given form. In fact, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to even state that it is a Platonic Form: living glyphs essentialized to the point of becoming as close to pure concepts as is humanly possible … which of course is a misnomer.

Because cartoons aren’t human at all.

Some of them are wise-talking humanoid…

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Fear not Epicureans… Happiness does not reside in the taste buds.

February 15, 2013

Epicurus

I’ve always been fascinated by the Epicurean philosophy. Starting today I’ll try to regularly post some Epicurean teachings for your brain to mull over. Contrary to the ideas of  popular culture Epicureans were not hedonists in the same sense as the word is used today. They were, however, hedonists in that they believed pleasure to be the highest goal. The greek ataraxia usually translated as pleasure was not orgasmic pleasure but rather ridding oneself of suffering or pain. It is a state of tranquility brought about by this lack of suffering – be that suffering physical (pain) or mental (fear).

I’m going to stop before I extend past my knowledge. I’ll keep studying up! All I wanted to do was share some Epicurean ideas on life. Below is the first lesson in living an Epicurean life.

The Eight Epicurean Counsels

Epicureanism was never meant to be a dry academic philosophy but a vital way of living which would free men and women from a life of unhappiness, fear and anxiety – they sought ataraxia.

Epicureanism is a missionary philosophy, and while epicureans have written scholarly works, they have always been very interested in explaining this way of life in a manner simple enough for anyone to understand and remember.

The following eight counsels are a basic guide to Epicurean living.

1) Don’t fear God.
2) Don’t worry about death.
3) Don’t fear pain.
4) Live simply.
5) Pursue pleasure wisely.
6) Make friends and be a good friend.
7) Be honest in your business and private life.
8) Avoid fame and political ambition.

As my miniseries progresses I’ll go further into explaining why the Epicureans thought we should accept these Eight Counsels. But for know see if you can uncover their wisdom.

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Pirate on the lam!

February 14, 2013
Wanted Leibniz

Be on the look out for a powder-headed Nancy spouting equations.

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