An Experiment in Asceticism

For a period of time when I was exploring certain historical traditions, I tried different types of fasting. I found that I would often have really good days, and then there were some that felt as though it was all stupid and I was being dumb. These were also some of the biggest turning pointsContinue reading “An Experiment in Asceticism”

Pneuma, Simple and Complex

The word Pneuma (πνεῦμα) is a rather interesting study of what could possibly be the only thing that defines “life.” We briefly touched on this subject in discussing Epictetus/Stoicism, but the concept itself is far more expansive than just that. The use by Anaximenes of aer (ἀήρ, “air”) as the foundation of all other elementsContinue reading “Pneuma, Simple and Complex”

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”