Hiram's Blog (47)

The passing of Erik Anderson

FYI: you may have noticed that epicurus.info and the Epicurus wiki are now offline, that is because the creator of both, which were great resources for beginners, has passed recently. This blog entry at The…


Added by Hiram on October 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

A Doodle for Epicurus

Society of Epicurus invites everyone who loves Epicurean philosophy to send an email to proposals@google.com asking Google to create a doodle in celebration of EPICURUS' birthday for February 20 of 2016. The hope is that this will coincide with next year's Epicurean symposium in Athens, Greece, and will generate greater visibility for the event.

Doodles are basically depictions of the Google logo that celebrate aspects of human achievement or of popular culture, or certain holidays.…


Added by Hiram on September 26, 2015 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

VS 71 on Choices and Avoidances

You can believe anything you want to believe. The only thing that **must** occur to you is death. The decision to believe or not believe anything less than the existence of death – which happens to you regardless of whether you believe it or not – comes down to Vatican Saying 71. …. “What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?”” In other words, “What will happen to me if I believe this, and what…


Added by Hiram on September 7, 2015 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Kim Davis is in Jail! Yaay!!

Originally written for The Autarkist.

What an entertaining set of historical events we’ve had so far this year! After the gay marriage ruling, the media circus around Kim Davis was to be expected. For a moment I felt sorry for her, but…


Added by Hiram on September 3, 2015 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

My Philosophy Blog at Partially Examined Life

In recent months I became a PEL contributor and have written pieces on Epicurus' Four Cures, Lucian's comedic genius and other subjects.

Please visit and share my posts at Partially Examined Life!

Added by Hiram on August 31, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Jesus H Christ, according to the Church of the Latter Day Dudes

Bearded prophet of the meek and early archetype of the 1960s hippie.

Jesus was born Jewish, but then converted to Dudeism after he realized that the Romans and the Pharisees were fucking fascists. Today lots of people think he’s the son of the guy who created the universe and that our life is in his hands. But probably he was just a dude who thought people should mellow out and stop getting so worked up about stuff. Sadly, few of his followers seem to actually realize that.…


Added by Hiram on July 18, 2015 at 7:21pm — 4 Comments

An Epicurean Answers Habakkuk's Questions

It's rare to encounter a prophet who acknowledges the powerlessness of his gods to bring good, destroy evil, and fix the world. Rarer still to find one who acknowledges the evils that religion brings upon humanity. Habakkuk is one of the lesser, little-known prophets from the Old Testament, and one who bore witness against his own god and questioned him about the existence of evil, injustice, and suffering in the world. His disappointment is typical of those who …


Added by Hiram on June 29, 2015 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

India’s Silenced Lokayata Tradition

Republished from The Autarkist.


There was a period in the development of religious civilization in India during which several religious and philosophical schools emerged to challenge the…


Added by Hiram on May 28, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You

Added by Hiram on May 4, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Humanist ethical concepts applied (and mis-applied) to public policy

I recently wrote Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy for the latest issue of The Humanist, where I discuss whether it makes sense to apply the Epicurean ethical method of hedonic calculus at the collective level. After some considerations, in the piece I argue



Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Self-Management & Recovery Training: A SMART Humanistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

The May-June issue of The Humanist includes a few pieces on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, which has recently been exposed as an inefficient system of recovery that's only supported with public funds because it's filled with religious propaganda.

In the editor's note for the issue, Jennifer Bardi…


Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Reasonings on Thus Spake Zarathustra

This blog was originally written for The Autarkist.


Nietzche’s Zoroaster, the Atheistic Prophet 

When Zarathustra was alone, however, he said to his heart: “Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not…


Added by Hiram on January 23, 2015 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

Reasonings About Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape

The following piece was originally written for The Autarkist.

After reading Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape, I’ve decided to finally articulate some of the praise and criticism that, for some time now, Harris and his work have inspired in me.

The goal…


Added by Hiram on January 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Darwin and the Planet of the Apes

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and philosophical questions.

Planet of the Apes was pop culture’s response to the tensions generated by…


Added by Hiram on January 17, 2015 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

Charlie Hebdo and the Terror of Free Expression

Originally written for The Autarkist.


I woke up this morning to news of Islamic…


Added by Hiram on January 7, 2015 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Alexander the Oracle-Monger

Human life is under the absolute dominion of two mighty principles, fear and hope. Any one who can make these serve his ends may be sure of rapid fortune. - Lucian, in his Alexander the Oracle Monger

Alexander is a work of secularist literature written by 2nd Century Roman satirist Lucian, who tells the story of a false prophet of Apollo. It depicts the…


Added by Hiram on December 2, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Cita de "Varios días en Atenas"

"¡Hemos nombrado el error principal de la mente humana, la pesadilla de la felicidad humana, el pervertidor de la virtud humana! ¡Es la religión, esa moneda oscura de la ignorancia temblorosa! ¡Es la religión, esa envenenadora de la felicidad humana! ¡Es la religión, esa guía ciega de la razón humana! ¡Es la religión, esa detronadora de la virtud humana que yace en la raíz de todo el mal y toda la miseria que impregnan el mundo!"

- Frances Wright, en uno de…


Added by Hiram on November 22, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Sita Sings the Blues


I was caught by surprise recently when I bumped into a secularist, perhaps a bit blasphemous, animated film titled Sita Sings the Blues. It is a re-telling of the story of Sita from a critical and non-devotional perspective. The film is based on the Hindu…


Added by Hiram on November 11, 2014 at 9:13am — No Comments

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