What is ‘success’? How much of your time is in your control? – The philosophy of: CGP Grey, Apollodorus in Plato’s The Symposium, The Onion, a former student of mine, and I guess mine too.

What do you consider ‘success’? The way that it’s treated by seemingly the majority of the world is: money, fame, recognition, financial assets or some bullshit ass cocktail of the above. But no matter how substantial your bullshit ass cocktail is, do you live a longer life than those without …

Everything you do, do it for a reason – The Philosophy of: Miyamoto Musashi [pt.1]

Do Nothing, which is of no use. – Miyamoto Musashi Scrolling through your Instagram news feed for 35 minutes ‘just because, you know’, or just opening Snapchat for a couple minutes because ‘you know, why not’ or saying I’m bored and scrolling through your Instagram feed for 28 more minutes is a waste of …

Dust. Wind. Dude. – The Philosoph(izing) of: Bill S. Preston esquire and Ted Theodore Logan [pt.3]

Throughout the ages, wisdom hasn’t changed. We were the exact same species one hundred, five hundred, two thousand and 5 thousand years ago. We still all live and we die (for now). Whether our inability to process and accept wisdom is the reason for the wisdom never evolving is another …

Pain is your body telling your brain: ‘If you keep this shit up, we’re about to die’. But is it possible to override it and use your mind to tell your body: ‘Yo. Shut the fuck up and chill the fuck out.’? And tell your brain ‘Don’t listen to that stupid asshole. We’ll be fine. No one’s about to die.’?

Admiral James Stockdale spent over 7 years in a Vietnamese Prisoner of War camp, where he was tortured by having his legs crushed, his back broken and his shoulders torn from their sockets. And the thing that kept him going, by maintaining control over his own mind, was the philosophy …

Am I full of shit? – If you think you’re right about something, find someone to challenge you. You’ll see if you’re actually on to something, or just full of it [+ how Socrates approached this]

In Plato’s Theaetetus, Thedourus and Socrates debate what it is to ‘know’ or ‘perceive’ something. And Socrates being the annoying (but excellently annoying) bloke he was, badgers Theaetetus about what they believe knowledge actually is. Theodorus’ viewpoint gets stripped bare by Socrates to the point where everything he thought he knew …

Was Socrates taking the piss? [pt.2] – Does saying ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing’ actually mean you’re saying you know TWO things?

This is something my girlfriend suggested to me after yesterday’s post on the better way to approach knowledge and whether Socrates was taking the piss. If Socrates said ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing.’, doesn’t that mean that he’s saying he actually knows TWO things? …

Was Socrates taking the piss when he said this? Isn’t saying ‘I don’t know anything’ still a form of knowing something? Instead of ‘I don’t know anything’, would it not have been more accurate to say ‘Do I know anything?’?

This is something that my mate Matt said the other day… If Socrates was the wisest bloke human guy there ever was, and he used to say ‘There’s only one thing I know… that I don’t know anything,’ doesn’t that mean that he still claimed to know that fact –the …

A Deep Dive into: Insults [pt.2] – Words are nothing but a series of letters arranged in a certain order to make a certain sound that comes out of the face hole.

Not only do insults have absolutely zero possibility to do physical or psychological harm to you, but the same thing goes for anything someone says to you. If someone expresses their disappointment in you, orders you to do something, tells you did something wrong or stupidly, those words have as …

A Deep Dive into: Insults [pt.1] – The philosophy of: Stuff they teach kids (Sticks and stones may break my bones…)

When they teach kids this in primary school: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. …it’s actually genius. Never ever in the history of the world ever ever has something someone said physically hurt, maimed or killed someone. Yet we treat insults as they were …