Are we conscious beings, or just being conscious? Or nothing of the kind? Peter W. Halligan and David A. Oakley believe our experience of consciousness is orchestrated by non-conscious systems in our brains. We don’t have our own thoughts. In fact, we don’t think. This seems to go against everything you...
Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor of Ancient Rome between 161 and 180 AD. Known commonly as the last amongst the “Five Good Emperors”, Marcus Aurelius carried the Empire on his shoulders, keeping it from its inevitable downfall and witnessing the worst: a declining national health, a promiscuous wife, a treacherous...
A friend of 12 years betrayed me. The secrets I’ve shared with him were spread on social media to seek revenge and I felt like my world was shattered. For months, I was very angry. I felt violated and ashamed. Should I drop down to his level and return the favor? Should...
If you’re anything like me, you can’t stand Christmas carols. Does hearing festive carols in the weeks before Christmas also make you upset? I could never figure out why it upset me so much. I love Christmas, after all. It’s a wonderful time of year to be with my family...
Where would we be without technology? Remember those days when we would need a physical map-book to navigate a new city? Or when we would listen to music through a CD player? Many of us can agree that our lives have been enhanced by technology. We all use cell phones to make...
There are nuns and then there are “nones”. Do you know the difference? One way to differentiate between the two groups would be to note that the first is shrinking while the latter is growing in numbers. Still lost? I don’t blame you, it's also the first time that I hear about...
Recently, a childhood friend of my family died of breast cancer. It was sudden. It was unexpected. On her Facebook page posted on August 14th, she told her friends and family to support the fight against breast cancer and that cancer sucks. She was only in her early 30s and...
Can you think of anything more tragic than an innocent person landing in prison? One shudders to think of the many people wasting away unnecessarily because they were found guilty of a crime they didn’t commit. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Yet, even in modern societies with advanced criminal...