Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is one of the most famous and most important allegories in human thought. In many ways for its ability to stand the test of time! The infamous allegory is just as relevant today as it is during the times of Socrates himself.
And that’s exactly what I want to focus on, how the allegory relates to our fear of truth. Especially our fear of being shown when we are wrong.
How far is society willing to go in order to avoid being shown they’re wrong?
And consider this question as you read, do you value…
Okay, let’s try to create a space of vulnerability…
I think a major problem in Western culture is our inability to present our vulnerabilities to others. We love masquerading our life through social media. We even do this with our personal interactions and conversations—presenting the illusion that everything is ‘okay.’
So with that in mind, let’s talk about understanding our own inner abyss. In hopes of providing some a potential path for more lasting happiness and peace.
Sometimes we become lost, I sure do. …
Back in 2010, a group of researchers conducted an experiment on the intelligence of a type of fungus, slime mold(Physarum).
The slime mold was, “presented with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, brainless, single-celled slime molds construct networks of nutrient-channeling tubes that are strikingly similar to the layout of the Japanese raise system.”
Well, a group of engineers had spent countless hours experimenting with the most efficient system for Japan’s rail system. However, the slime mold figured this almost identical rail system out much more quickly.
All the engineers had needed to do was…ask the…
Have you ever thought to yourself, what am I taking as a given?
And particularly, what am I taking as a given about my conscious experience?
Do you think what we observe from the physical world is where we should gather the entirety of our knowledge? I’m assuming the common answer to this question among many is: “yes, we should!”
Have we all looked up all the information on this matter and determined, yup, this is where we should gather our knowledge about the universe or the cosmos!
I want you to reconsider how we rethink consciousness, be…
The ancient Stoics continue to rise as go to reading for understanding the modern human condition. A way to deal with everyday life!
Including dealing with the day-to-day mundane and major traumas that can occur as we journey through life.
Be it a death of a child, death of a close family member, financial distress, a broken heart, and the many other obstacles we must face in life at some point.
And the ancient Stoics dealt with hardships of their own, from poverty, being sentenced to death, getting exiled, sold into slavery, and their list goes on!
But through all…
I am you.
Well, actually I’m you and not you. I’m the thing all humans suppress. I’m the place of doubt everyone fears going. I’m that void we all have, yet we all need.
I am the doubter. I am the questioner. I am chaos.
But when understood….I can be peace.
When understood you can move beyond my chaos.
I am everything. I am nothing. I am an unavoidable paradox. I am something and I am nothing.
Some call me God. Some call me an illusion. Some call me the truth. Some call me knowledge.
Yet, here I am within…
A Philosopher’s Stone has seen a surge in readership. Much love to everyone for the support and curiosity in the publication.
From this support, Medium has taken notice of the publication!
What does this mean?
Well, anything published through our publication gets (at least) curated in the philosophy section throughout Medium.
So this has led to a lot more interest in the publication…including an overwhelming amount of emails of people looking to be writers. I’m hoping to catch some of you through this newsletter.
Anyway, I’m saying that I’ll get to your writer's application, but I need time…
Have you ever wondered, how well do you really know yourself? As Plato once said, “know thyself.”
Typically, when we contemplate whether we know ourselves, the thoughts that come into our minds are our desires, values, and beliefs about the universe. These characteristics we form around ourselves is our code; something the “I” we create for ourselves identifies with. That saying, ‘every man has a code,’ we all do. You have a code that you see the world through and make decisions with, it’s the conscious ego. That code is customizable and changeable.
But what can we do…
Let’s consider the question, what is consciousness?
I’m fascinated by this question because it’s mostly still a mystery. As in we don’t really know what consciousness is, why it happens, or why it exists!
This might be the most difficult and complex question facing philosophy. To examine this question, I’ll provide a language distinction for two important variables — the mind and the brain. The brain refers to our three-pound walnut-shaped organ placed on top of our spinal cord, the organs that routinely fires off one hundred billion neurons.
Now, the juicy part for today, the mind, the mind that…
With the mystery of consciousness having a resurgence, the renewed acceptance of mind-altering substances, and the lack of progress in understanding consciousness through scientific research. I think it’s important to reopen the discussion around metaphysics.
Metaphysics is the field of study around the fundamental nature of reality. Trying to understand the nature of the physical world, understanding supernatural experience, and what might exist in the great beyond — if that’s even part of our reality — beyond.
Metaphysics is an interesting area of study because it looks to understand the most fundamental assumptions we have about reality. It’s a field…