The Argument for Belief in the Unknown

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” Søren Kierkegaard “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” Also Søren Kierkegaard This topic is probably a really good reason that my last couple articles have been lacking in depth. I’m rather intimidated to even attemptContinue reading “The Argument for Belief in the Unknown”

All Potential Answers

“Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself.” – Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kun Do “The only rules that really matter are these: what aContinue reading “All Potential Answers”

The Benefits of Open-Thought

诀 曰: 本 拳 基 服 膺, 无 长 不 汇 集。- “Oral Tradition: Adhere faithfully to proven principles and sound doctrines; adopt all beneficial maneuvers and techniques.” This bit comes directly from a book on one of my most beloved martial arts, Yiquan. While like many of our other topics, it has very littleContinue reading “The Benefits of Open-Thought”

Cheng Man Ching on Temperament

“When I was a young man, I had a sense of justice, but recklessly disregarded the consequences of my actions. I had the ambition to study hard to reach the highest level, but my physical energy was low.” -CMC I will readily admit that martial arts have been a huge portion of my life. IContinue reading “Cheng Man Ching on Temperament”

Input Manipulates Output

Finally, we touch on the subject of Alchemy, and how we may look to the roots of natural science to better understand the philosophy of discovery itself. Alchemy (Greek: khēmeía:χημεία…Lat: Alchymia), while often seen as a magickal way of thinking, is very much based in practical observations of the natural world from the perspective ofContinue reading “Input Manipulates Output”

You (+desire/will) Are Enough

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau “I don’t want to hear from them who know they can buy but can’t put on my clothes.” Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam One of the things that we see suggested again and againContinue reading “You (+desire/will) Are Enough”

Epictetus, a Cognitive Pioneer

A slave turned teacher, Epictetus is one of the premier minds of stoicism. Stoics often get very misunderstood, and it has a great deal to do with linguistics. What was once a practical way to evaluate your own actions and morals eventually became a way to simply call someone “emotionless.” I was recently called stoic,Continue reading “Epictetus, a Cognitive Pioneer”