Category Archive: Philosophy

Mar 13

Tantric Buddhism

For the past few weeks I have been visiting a nearby Tibetan Buddhist temple, where I have been getting instructions in the preliminary methods of Vajrayana Buddhism, which is a form of Buddhism practiced in Tibet that uses Tantric techniques. This is the style of Buddhism practiced by the Dalai Lama, although the temple I …

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Mar 10

The Stages of Enlightenment

In Theravada Buddhism there are four stages of enlightenment. They were originally couched in the language of how many more lifetimes one would at most need to reach Nirvana, along with the psychological descriptions of each state. We can dispense with reincarnation nonsense and just stick to the psychological descriptions of enlightenment. They are often …

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Jan 17

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris in conversation.

Two of the world’s greatest minds in conversation. Dawkins, especially, is at the top of his game here. The first minute of this conversation includes a poem Dawkins wrote about his recent stroke. It’s absolutely sublime. Topics they discuss: Memes Genetics and IQ Religion The Biology of Race How to Find Meaning without Religion.   …

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Oct 02

The Awakened Ape: The First Chapter

Here is the opening chapter to my upcoming book, The Awakened Ape: A Biohacker’s Guide to Evolutionary Fitness, Natural Ecstasy, and Stress-Free Living. Available for Pre-Order on Amazon Introduction The happiest people in the world don’t wear underwear. If they have clothes at all, it is either a simple sheath that covers their genitals or …

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Sep 16

Are We All Ethical Monsters?

Political season is in full swing, and all of us are drowning in a sea of caustic opinions from news, social media, and twitter feeds. Everywhere we look we have republicans screaming about how Hillary Clinton is corrupt, and democrats shouting that Donald Trump is a racist ginger. People lob insults back and forth while …

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