Tag Archives: Philosophy

IDEAS / Bill Meacham : The Mayan Calendar

The sun at the intersection of the galactic equator and the ecliptic. Image from Philosophy for Real Life.Is the end near?The Mayan Calendar On December 21 the 13th baktun will come to an end. Rather than starting a 14th baktun, … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Is Religion a Parasitic Meme or a Helpful Adaptation?

Moai at Easter Island. Moai are the living faces of deified ancestors. Image from Wikimedia Commons.Religion:Parasitic meme or helpful adaptation? That humans are religious is indisputable. Like morality, religion in one form or another seems to be a universal aspect … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : The Human Virtue

Image from The Planning Notepad.The human virtue We humans have an ability that goes well beyond what any other animal can do: we can turn our attention to ourselves. By Bill Meacham | The Rag Blog | September 20, 2012 … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Fellow Primates / 2

Bonobos, like chimps, show empathy, theory of mind, and targeted helping. Photo by Dan Caspersz / Bush Warriors.Fellow primates / 2 Being related genetically to both chimps, who settle sexual issues through conflict, and bonobos, who settle conflict issues through … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Fellow Primates / 1

Tanzanian chimp. Image from Wikimedia Commons.Fellow primates / 1 Chimps and humans are a lot alike, except that humans, being more intelligent, do what chimps do even better. By Bill Meacham | The Rag Blog | August 9, 2012 Last … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Intelligence

Image from A Blog for English Lovers.Intelligence Cognition is how we acquire knowledge. Intelligence is what we do with it. By Bill Meacham / The Rag Blog / July 19, 2012 Cognition, which I talked about last time, is how … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Ways of Knowing

Cartoon by Piraro. Image from Sandwalk.Ways of Knowing The whole thing is about life perpetuating itself, about what we will do, how we will act, in different situations. By Bill Meacham | The Rag Blog | June 27, 2012 Each … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Bill Meacham : Sam Harris’ ‘The Moral Landscape’

The Moral Landscape:Science and human values Harris is on to something very important here: that careful observation of what actually works has a great deal to tell us about what is good and valuable. By Bill Meacham | The Rag … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : How Evolution Works

Charles Darwin: Blame it all on him. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Evolution Regardless of your opinion on the ultimate purpose of it all, it is important to understand how evolution works because the theory reflects reality, and basing your actions … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Ways to Say ‘Should’

Image from Bite Size Buzz.Ways to say ‘should’ It behooves us to choose wisely what duties and rules to live by. And the way to choose wisely is by considering the effects of our choices. By Bill Meacham | The … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : The Good

In The Republic, Plato, through the character of Socrates, likens the Good to the sun. Image from Dover Public Library. The Good The Good resides in the natural world, in the web of relations among things and people. It does … Continue reading

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : The Good

In The Republic, Plato, through the character of Socrates, likens the Good to the sun. Image from Dover Public Library. The Good The Good resides in the natural world, in the web of relations among things and people. It does … Continue reading

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