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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Love

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Love

The strange thing about love is that even though we experienced it in a deeply personal and apparently instinctive way, it has a history. In other words people around the world haven’t always fallen in love the way they do now. The point of rehearsing a few of the telling moments in love’s history is …

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow …

PHILOSOPHY – Albert Camus

PHILOSOPHY – Albert Camus

Albert Camus was an extremely handsome, mid 20th century French Algerian philosopher and writer whose claim to our attention is based on three novels: The Outsider, The Plage, The Fall and two philosophical essays: The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel. Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 and died at the age …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Rituals

HISTORY OF IDEAS –  Rituals

One of the things that most strongly differentiates modern from traditional societies is the business of rituals. Broadly speaking, modern ones have very few of them; Traditional ones have a lot of them. What is a ritual? It’s a periodic invitation by your society, typically by its religion, to come together with other people for …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Art

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Art

Art has a very high status in modern societies: People flock to museums and art works fetch record prices. But our age is also oddly reluctant to say in clear terms what art might actually be for. An odd mystique surrounds it, epitomized by the puzzlement many of us feel as we look at yet …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Failure

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Failure

Humans have always seriously messed up their lives, but the way in which failure has been viewed has a long and fascinating history that it may help us to know about. Athens, 429 BC It’s the premiere of a tragedy called “Oedipus the King”, written by the great playwright, Sophocles. It’s the story of an …