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Before you panic: it is just a PHILOSOPHY course! Free on YouTube

http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-176

Link to the YouTube playlist of this course

About the Course

There is one thing I can be sure of: I am going to die. But what am I to make of that fact? This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Are we, in some sense, immortal? Would immortality be desirable? Also a clearer notion of what it is to die is examined. What does it mean to say that a person has died? What kind of fact is that? And, finally, different attitudes to death are evaluated. Is death an evil? How? Why? Is suicide morally permissible? Is it rational? How should the knowledge that I am going to die affect the way I live my life?

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by the one and only, Corey Todd Taylor

I’ve got the Kindle version – Seven Deadly Sins Amazon

And I’ve read this book in one gulp. The only break taken was for the winter holidays. I could say the book is a philosophy book. I could actually classify it in many different ways, but basically I would say it is a philosophy book. And no, don’t think about Kant nor Schopenhauer, and not even Nietzsche, even though Corey’s philosophy is probably closest to Nietzsche’s.

This  is a book about the human soul and about the human nature. It is about the things we fear and the things we do, about corruption and fear and lies. But it is also about the power to accept who we are, to accept we are human, to accept and be responsible for our deeds and move on and live our life. Corey takes a journey into taking down the so-called “deadly” sins of humanity, not because they are fake, but just because they are real and a part of us, human, a nature that we need to accept, not deny, otherwise it will hit us back hard. While arguing about these “sins”, we take a journey into Corey’s past, and have a look at his childhood and teenage years, find out about his wrong and good doings, about his troubles and his joys.

I can’t say I can relate to all of those experiences, but I get his point on all of the topics, and with some of them I can relate directly. What I relate most with is the religious part of the book. I loved to see that there are people with no studies and no diplomas so well documented and with such a good grasp and pertinent opinion on this topic. Yeah, folks, not all Americans are stupid! In fact, I’ve met quite a few myself and they are wonderful people.

Another thing I love about the book is that it is contemporary. Having my fair share of Kant and Schopenhauer, I am pretty sure I can digest fancy language and poetic expression in philosophy. But, hey, it is 21st century. We don’t necessarily have to be poetic to be able to express philosophic ideas. Corey’s language is current and friendly. Is like I have a talk to this guy over a cup of coffee, arguing about the sense of life and about the world and humans in general.

I believe it was written in 2010 sometime, but I barely now got myself to download it and read it. It’s worth every penny. And got to respect this guy even more 🙂 .

 

The Lost Symbol

Posted: December 30, 2009 in reading
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I’ve done it. I’ve managed to _actually_ read a non-IT book, this holiday. .pdf format on the laptop, 2 days. Wonderful book! And I say this because it really captivated me as well as because I’ve actually _read_ a book after so much time.

The book is written by the well-known author Dan Brown, and it is called The Lost Symbol. I must confess I haven’t read the DaVinci Code, but I have read the Angels&Daemons book, and this guy has talent in telling a story. It was really captivating and interesting; once I’ve got my hands on the book I wasn’t able to let it, until the story finished. What I liked the most about this story is that Dan Brown reads a lot, tries to learn as much as possible about the subject. I was happy to see references to old books that I have tried to find myself back in highschool, books like Zohar, books belonging to Rosecrucians, old Hebrew books or the Newton’s interpretation of the Bible.

I also liked to see that Albrecht Durer’s work was the center point of the book, not just mentioned somewhere on the fly. The book combines the mythology, the science, the history, combines references of the scientists works with the art and the alchemy and everything is so realistically linked and connected.

One of the ideas many may argue while reading this book is _how real is it_? Ok, the guy documented and did a lot of interesting and catchy connections. Still, are they real? I mean, did you visit the Capitol in Washington DC? Did you enter the basement of the Smithsonian Museum? I for sure, haven’t. Maybe mister Brown did…nevertheless.

One of the questions I was asking myself while reading the book was: is this real, was Dan Brown actually did the connections after investigating all of this stuff? Was he gathering all this amount of information for years, and finally he was able to do the connections and create the story? Or…he just imagined everything, combining pieces just to look real?

Now, I am not in the position of saying how much of the stories in the book are real or confirmed, though I had started this kind of quest when I had time, in highschool. As per my experience, I can only say this is very well documented and sounds veridic.

…And, why not? Aren’t we allowed to imagine that this stuff is real? That everything is connected? That this Mason people actually gather all those secrets, for the sake of human kind? That Bible and Zohar, and all of those books actually refer to us, Humans, as Gods and the purpose we have here, on Earth, is to re-gain our God-like consciousness?