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To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin

Knowledge

What's Changing? - Knowledge

Knowledge

 

Please see below selected recent knowledge-related change.

 

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February 2019

  • For The School of Life, one of the most striking features of our minds is how little we understand them. Although we inhabit ourselves, we seldom manage to make sense of more than a fraction of who we are. This lack of self-knowledge can be trouble, for it leads us to get into the wrong relationships, pick unsatisfactory jobs or spend money unwisely.

 

December 2018

What's Changing? - Sufficiency

Sufficiency

 

Please see below selected recent sufficiency-related change.

 

See also: Halcyon Sufficiency Headlines

 

March 2019

  • Big Think argued that many people have "scarcity mindsets" because of their inability to pay their bills. US 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, outspoken proponent of a basic income, argued that losing America's middle class puts the national brain trust at risk. In a scarcity mindset, functional bandwidth decreases, while the opposite of a mindset of scarcity is a mindset of abundance.

 

August 2018

On David Hume

David Hume

 

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them - David Hume

 

When I was studying, inter alia, Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh many years ago, local boy made good David Hume was a name never far any philosophy professor or tutor's lips. Aeon now writes movingly of Hume's life:

"While Hume was lying aged 65 on his deathbed at the end of a happy, successful and (for the times) long life, he told his doctor: ‘I am dying as fast as my enemies, if I have any, could wish, and as easily and cheerfully as my best friends could desire.’ Three days before he died, on 25 August 1776, probably of abdominal cancer, his doctor could still report that he was ‘quite free from anxiety, impatience, or low spirits, and passes his time very well with the assistance of amusing books’."

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You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did- and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been - from Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

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The four cardinal virtues- courage (andreia), moderation (sophrosyne), wisdom (sophia) & justice (diksiosyne) are ordered by practical wisdom, realised by interaction within the world, the capacity for knowledge in action - Dave Snowden, KM Australia 2009 presentation