“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell is perhaps my favourite of the “modern-day” philosophers as he made philosophy available to a wide audience through his books, lectures, and broadcasts. This quote will surely resonate with all the scientists, academics, inventors, andContinue reading “Quote of the Day: Opinion”
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Quote of the Day: Lies and Truth
“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Vladimir Lenin Oh, how I wish this quote wasn’t true in itself, but I believe it is. Lenin informs us and warns us about the pernicious force of propaganda and the malevolent and self-serving oratory of our political leaders. Seek the facts and beware of good stories!Continue reading “Quote of the Day: Lies and Truth”
Quote of the Day: Facts
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Aldous Huxley Aldous Leonard Huxley was a 20th Century English writer and philosopher who wrote the novel “Brave New World”. This quote resonates with me for as much as we wish, we cannot change the truth! Thank you for reading my writings. If you’d likeContinue reading “Quote of the Day: Facts”
Quote of the Day: Hope!
“Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself” Tony Benn Although this is a political quote from the 20th Century, the message is timeless. It is a call for optimism and a positive outlook. Fear and anxiety can stop us from acting and keep us from movingContinue reading “Quote of the Day: Hope!”
Is the will of the majority always right?
So we have referendums, polls, political votes, surveys, juries, committees, parliaments, and consumer groups. The majority view must prevail. We have traditions, practices, accepted beliefs, and ways of life. The status quo must prevail. But where does the truth lie and is the will of the majority always right? Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopherContinue reading “Is the will of the majority always right?”
Netflix horror movies.
A metaphor about movies and emotions. Netflix horror movies. I’ve got this friend called Joe. He’s a real film fanatic, he streams movies nearly every night and watches all the latest releases. However, he hates scary movies, but this is the weird thing…. when he signs into Netflix, something strange happens! On the opening screenContinue reading “Netflix horror movies.”
Aristotle’s argument against democracy.
Aristotle’s argument against democracy – but was he right? Aristotle belived the best type of government was by monarchy, or, at the very least, by aristocracy. Democracy was not to be encouraged! To better understand this seemingly somewhat out-dated and extreme “right wing” view, we must look at his philosophical reasonings for his proposition. AristotleContinue reading “Aristotle’s argument against democracy.”
The horse in the field.
The horse in the field – A metaphor about the past not equaling the future. There was an old farmer who kept a horse in a field. It was a working farm but it wasn’t a working horse, the farmer had kept the horse for a long time for his children and grandchildren to ride.Continue reading “The horse in the field.”
When is liberty worth fighting a revolution for?
When is liberty worth fighting a revolution for? In this essay I will argue that there only a few occasions when liberty is worth fighting a revolution for, and I will illustrate this by discussing the ideas and works of English philosophers Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and John Locke (1632 – 1704). Both philosophers were alive andContinue reading “When is liberty worth fighting a revolution for?”
Why do we have speed limits, and why do we have speed cameras?
The Locomotive Act 1865 (also known as Red Flag Act) required at least one person to precede on foot any self-propelled vehicle at a distance of not less than 60 yards, and that person had to at all times display a red flag and warn pedestrians and horse drawn carriages of their approach and assistContinue reading “Why do we have speed limits, and why do we have speed cameras?”