Selfhood

Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre in Paris, France.

Human Soul as a Chariot

One theme that has been recurring throughout the human history, and is often the root of meaningless arguments and conflicts that at times result in unnecessary suffering, is the notion of false dichotomy. Be it in the disguise of art versus science in human knowledge or of liberal versus conservative in political ideologies, either the…

A majestic beauty in the Dunedin Botanic Garden, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Humanism and Karl Marx

Most read of the thoughts and writings of Karl Marx, one of the most influential revolutionaries in the 19th-century, whose magnum opus, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto forever changed the world for better or worse since their emergence, as a disputed economic project and a failed revolutionary enterprise. Little do people realise that Marx…

The Roman Bath in Bath, England.

Freedom and Meaning in an Age of Godlessness

Hardly is there any surprise that there is a sequel to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, considering its close-to-life writing style that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, and its personal sharing and remarks that evidently touch many most at heart, for otherwise it would not make a New York Times…

Sunset on the Arno river in Florence, Italia.

Momentary Dust in a Vast Multiverse

A mentor and a friend once gifted me a book which is of a kind of self-help genre that I would not usually invest money or time in. It is titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, written by an American blogger, Mark Manson. While it did not add much to what a…

Looking out the Adriatic Sea in Ulcinj, Montenegro.

Computer with a Mind

The Chinese room argument by John Searle in 1980 suggested that, in contrast to the previously proposed Turing Test by Alan Turing in 1950, it is the ability to understand semantics, not the mastery of syntax, of a language that constitutes a mind. Human beings without doubt have the ability to understand semantics. By understanding…

Wandering around on Šipan, Elaphiti Islands, Croatia.

Ship of Theseus

There is a fascinating story called the Ship of Theseus. It is about whether a ship would remain the same if it was entirely replaced, piece by piece. That is to say, an object constitutes all its temporal parts, past and future alike. The Ship of Theseus is, ergo, the one with its original planks…