Epicurean Atheists

The Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 - 270 BCE) started a school of thinking based upon the pursuit of immaterial, non-physical joys and pleasures.   Epicureans are very different from Hedonists.

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The Epicurean Brain - Please Read Before Joining

The Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 - 270 BCE) started a school of thinking based upon the pursuit of immaterial, non-physical joys and pleasures.   Epicureans are very different from Hedonists.

Epicurus is quoted to have said:   'It is more important with whom we eat than what we eat.'  

Without having scientific evidence to back this up, I am convinced that Epicureans follow this philosophy not by a mere conscious decision.  Instead they are determined by a specific combination of innate hardwired traits in their brain.   Adopting the philosophy is the consequence, it is the conscious acceptance of an innate identity. 

These traits are:
1.  Low subconscious instinctive forces and therefore only weak urges towards procreation, hierarchy forming, ingroup-outgroup distinction.   As a consequence, the rational capacities are not hindered or deactivated by instincts. 
2.  The pleasure center in the brain has a high perceptivitiy and sensitivity to emotional and intellectual stimulation and a low perceptivity and sensitivity to physical stimulation.  

As far as Epicureans feel instinctive urges, these trigger behavior to restore homeostasis rather than pleasure seeking behavior.  

This kind of a brain enables an Epicurean to be an atheist, skeptics, egalitarian, childfree and to be non-promiscuous, attracted only to monogamous commitment with a companion.

People with such a brain are rare.   But they exist and Epicurus himself is the evidence.   Had he himself not had such a brain, I doubt that he had ever developed his philosophy.   Had there not been likeminded people, nobody would have shared the community of Epicurus' garden. 

Having a brain wired differently than the majority is a reason to feel intellectual lonelieness along with emotional loneliness.   Having a brain wired to feel attracted to the same way of thinking as a great philosopher cannot be a reason to feel uncomfortable about oneself and it is certainly not a reason to attempt to become like the majority.   Instead it is a reason to look for likeminded people.

Being an innate Epicuran myself, I invite all Epicureans to join this group.   

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Compiled Comments: Epicureanism And The Meaning Of Attachment

Started by Maruli Marulaki. Last reply by James Feb 28, 2016. 3 Replies

Comment by Dr. Allan H. Clark    The problem I find with Epicureanism is that once you form an attachment to a lover, spouse, child, or friend, you can become anxious about their welfare. When they…Continue

The Festival of Epicurus coming up in mid-January

Started by Hiram. Last reply by Maruli Marulaki Jan 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Ancient sources cite the 10th day of the month of Gamelion as the day of Epicurus' birth.  As such, he held a feast in his Garden, and later when his hero cult evolved he was celebrated on that…Continue

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Epicureanism: Consideration And Responsibility

Started by Maruli Marulaki Jan 18, 2013. 0 Replies

I have been watching a video containing a male interpretation of Epicurus' philosophy.   (Thanks, Hiram, for the link in the 'Garden Of Epicurus' group elsewhere.)In one part:…Continue

A Pragmatic Approach To Modern Frugality

Started by Maruli Marulaki Jan 2, 2013. 0 Replies

Hiram mentions frugality and self-sufficiency in one of his posts.   This made me to ponder over the meaning of frugality as a life style.   My approach to Epicureanism in general and also to aspects…Continue

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Comment by Hiram on June 11, 2014 at 5:13pm

My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.

There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that there exist Epicurean sources for our tradition that explain it on our own terms.

Another reason why this book is extremely important is that there is a huge body of interdisciplinary research that vindicates the teachings of Epicurus, which calls for an update to how they're presented. This includes not just research by social scientists but also in fields as varied as diet and neuroplasticity.

Epicureanism is not a fossilized, archaic Greek philosophical school but a cosmopolitan, contemporary, scientific wisdom tradition that is alive and changing as new information becomes available on the science of happiness and wellbeing.

I hope you find as much pleasure in reading the book as I found in writing it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2013 at 10:35pm
The purpose of my life is to attain a feeling of joy, gratitude, to maintain a calm life, filled with peace, immune from fear, free of pain, to support a life-style I can maintain, to be circled by family, friends and neighbors I respect and they respect me, as well as to have a team of medical providers who know what they are doing and educate me to restored health.
Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 12, 2013 at 2:31am

Welcome Joan, it is nice, that you found your way to come here.  

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 7, 2013 at 12:07pm

I have moved all the comments concerning attachment into a discussion thread:

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 6, 2013 at 9:57pm

Welcome, Allan. 

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on January 2, 2013 at 10:24am

welcome, Kalliope

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on December 26, 2012 at 6:19pm

Welcome, Richard. 

Comment by Rich Goss on December 26, 2012 at 6:07pm

Good post. I was an advocate of Epicurus since I learned about the Pax Romana in high school. As I remember, the three great emperors of this unique century of peace were Hadrian, Antonius Pious and lastly the great Marcus Aurelius—all epicureans. Sadly, Marcus had a son by a prostitute named Commodus and the Epicurean rule came down with a crash. This was the true beginning of the decline. Commodus made Caligula look like Jimmy Carter.

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on December 26, 2012 at 1:59pm

The famous poem by Lucretius De Rerum Natura is available as an audio book for free download from Librivox. 

In English

and also in Latin

Comment by Maruli Marulaki on December 26, 2012 at 1:42pm

Welcome Steph and Hiram.   I am pleasantly surprised to get some activity back to this silent group.  


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