Category Archives: The mind

The terms “homosexual” and “sexual orientation”

We need to be aware that the concepts “homosexual” and “sexual orientation” are modern, and perhaps Western. I don’t feel that recognizing this has anything to do with essentialism versus social construction. One is not arguing the fact that people … Continue reading

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Plato and Protagoras: “. . . of things that are, how they are . . .”

How can we know what Plato really thought? He never (almost never) spoke for himself. He wrote “dialogues” in which the only voices belong to the characters. We know what Meno, Protagoras, Theaitetos, and the others say — but what … Continue reading

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. . . every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake wrote about the “doors of perception.” The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of … Continue reading

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Herakleitos, 1

κόσμον τόνδε, τὸν αὐτὸν ἁπάντων, οὔτε τις θεῶν οὐτε ἀνθρώπων ἐποίησεν, ἀλλ’ ἦν ἀεὶ καὶ ἔστιν καὶ ἔσται πῦρ ἀείζωον, ἁπτόμενον μέτρα καὶ ἀποσβεννύμενον μέτρα.The ordered world, common to all, was not made by a god or a man; rather, … Continue reading

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Medicine: Using probabilty to treat people versus using it to treat groups

I saw an interesting post complaining about the “magic” of clinical trials and the refusal by many people to consider other types of evidence rationally. One commenter there replies, “Let me give you an example I like to use. George … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes — on imagination

On my About page, I present quotations and images that—like the ones at the top of the sidebar to the left—suggest the importance of imagination, inspiration, imagery, art. There is some dialogue in the film of The Hound of the … Continue reading

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