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Day: February 5, 2012

The Denial of Death

The Denial of Death

Yesterday afternoon, I viewed the documentary, Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality. This film deals with ongoing research into the psychological effects of death anxiety on humans and their culture. It follows the theories of Ernest Becker, a cultural anthropologist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for his book, The Denial Of Death. Becker’s theory claims there is a correlation between the fear of death and the violence we inflict on our fellow humans. Basically, unconscious death anxiety…

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Aletheia & Postmodernism

Aletheia & Postmodernism

While trying to catch up on my reading, I was happy to find this wonderful article by our friend, Tapio, over at Aletheia called On Aletheia In A Postmodern World. I’d like to quote a few lines, if I may, that I found to be very meaningful and edifying: . . . for many of us our psyche’s are profoundly not resonant with this easily nihilistically colored view on existence. For many of us there is deep within a sense…

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The Ship of Theseus

The Ship of Theseus

The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned [from Crete] had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending…

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