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Book Book Review, Title The Swerve, Author Stephen Greenblatt, Rating 4.0,
Stephen Greenblatt's book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern is an excellent tale of the influence of Epicurus on the modern way of thinking. Epicurus spoke of change in terms of a 'swerve'; the author's allusion to a swerve otherwise is to the narrow and chance survival during the Renaissance of Lucretius' poem De Rerum Natura, a rumination and celebration of all things Epicurean, and whose influence in subsequent Western thought represents a giant swerve in cosmology, religion and natural philosophy away from Plato and Aristotle and towards Epicurus.
Cartesian dualism came up tonight while Cindy and I were talking, and I didn't understand it well enough to explain it, as is the norm with things philosophical.
So I chanced upon another three minute discussion of that very topic, a funny and clever and . . . short take on Descartes' thoughts about the mind and the body.
Philosophy is best consumed in three minutes or less, preferably in cartoon form.¬† This is a hilarious and reasonably accurate take on Cartesian philosophy.
Many years ago, my wife gave me a copy of some simple advice Mother Teresa had written regarding how to live well.¬† I love the sentiments, although I find them personally very challenging to follow on a daily basis; I don't always live up to them, but I keep¬†them visible as gentle reminders of how to be a good human being. An example:
"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.