Comedy as an Ideological Weapon

Some updates on my literary musings as of late!

I wrote Swinish Herds and Pastafarians: Comedy as an Ideological Weapon for a classics publication titled eidolon. I also wrote A Materialist Conception of Identity based on habituation, and a couple of messages in celebration of the Twentieth on politics and tranquility. Please enjoy and share!

You may also read here about my recent experience as part of the author panel at American Humanist Association's 75th annual conference in Chicago last week.

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Comment by Hiram on June 12, 2016 at 1:47pm

That's also online in elementalepicureanism.com. I published an Epitome (all the ancient Epicurean writings) but only in Spanish.

Other than my book Tending the Garden, I would recommend (once you're more advanced) reading A Few Days in Athens, a fictional educational novel and the greatest work of Epicurean literature in the English language. That one helps to understand the differences with other philosophies (like Stoicism) and has comedic moments, but mainly it teaches love of naturalist philosophy and of its virtues and benefits.

And if you ever have questions, there's an Epicurean Philosophy group on facebook where a widening circle of people help each other learn.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 12, 2016 at 1:35pm

BTW, Hiram, I went to the Kindle store and searched on "Elemental Epicureanism".

The store's search code sometimes returns a "Nothing found" message until I enter the full name and hit the Enter key. It did that this time but the book is there and I bought it.

Comment by Hiram on June 12, 2016 at 1:25pm

Glad you enjoyed! :)

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 12, 2016 at 1:15pm

Thank you, Hiram, for a most enjoyable and educational read.

The professor who decades ago in a college intro to philosophy course mentioned Epicureanism omitted its use of parody but it still had an appeal for me.

Your reference to George Carlin's humor (“Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist”) reminded me it inspired me to some similar humor. At a gathering of parliamentarians (of the rather authoritarian Roberts Rules of Order kind), I was a speaker and quipped "Scratch a parliamentarian and find an anarchist." Enough of the audience enjoyed it that I didn't see any who may have been plotting to hang me.

Thanks again; I will return to the article so I can bookmark your website.

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