Tag Archives: philosophy

Empathy and Humankind

According to its website, For over 250 years the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress.  Our approach is multi-disciplinary, politically independent and combines cutting … Continue reading

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Web Clip: Jonathan Haidt on “The New Science of Morality”

Web Clip: “The New Science of Morality”, from www.edge.org: “Behavioral scientists routinely publish broad claims about human psychology and behavior based on samples drawn entirely from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic societies.”  The acronym there being WEIRD. “Our findings … Continue reading

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Is Interest-Based Mediation Derived from a Misunderstanding?

Regular readers of this blog know that I practise mediation using the transformative model.  (For more information, please see the tag, transformative mediation.) The most prominent and dominant approach to mediation is, however, the interest-based model, derived from the concept … Continue reading

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Human Fallibility

This from a piece in the online version of Tricycle magazine: We can never trace the ultimate consequence of our choices, but it’s safe to conclude that whatever we decide to do will be fraught with certain error and fall … Continue reading

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Mediator Questions or What Mary Knows

Last February, I published a post entitled, Where is the mind situated?, that suggested that such a question already presupposes the type of answer that will be given, viz. that the mind is a thing, a substance, with a physical … Continue reading

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Happy Kwanzaa!

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Visit Montreal in October

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is to visit Montreal on October 3rd and give a public lecture at the Bell Centre.  The event is part of a visit intended to promote the teaching of ethics in schools. Tickets for the … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

‘Arrange the present well and jog on, laughing a lot and taking nothing seriously.’ What an interesting parallel between ancient Western philosophy and the even-more ancient Eastern practice of mindfulness of the moment.

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