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PUBLICATIONS
  • Siddhartas-existential-crisis/ Buddha’s Resolution- A proposal (2019)

    Dukkha is the focus of all Buddhist doctrine – The Four Noble Truths- because Gautama Siddhartha’s original crisis, told in the story of the Four Sights, strongly brought Dukkha to the forefront of his awareness. This is how the legend of the Four Sights is significant. The lesson of them is that besides...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Karl Popper, Science and Enlightenment (2017)

    Karl Popper is famous for having proposed that science advances by a process of conjecture and refutation. He is also famous for defending the open society against what he saw as its arch enemies – Plato and Marx. Popper’s contributions to thought are of profound importance, but they are not the last...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Remaking Ourselves (2017)

    Again, the tactic here is to acquire more objectivity and to transcend the influences of the highly subjective schematic ‘lens’ by creating psychological distance from automatic, reactive conceptualization. Through objectification, we learn to observe and analyze how we think, what we feel, how we...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • Wisdom, Risk-Taking, and Understanding (2017)

    Abstract: With a few exceptions, much of epistemology in the last century has been dominated by discussions centered on knowledge, and in particular propositional knowledge (along with associated concepts such as justification, the reliability of cognitive processes, etc.). Recently, attention has been...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life (2017)

    The central thesis of this book is that we need to reform philosophy and join it to science to recreate a modern version of natural philosophy; we need to do this in the interests of rigour, intellectual honesty, and so that science may serve the best interests of humanity. The book seeks to redraw our...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Two Great Problems of Learning: Science and Civilization (2016)

    Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the nature of the universe and about ourselves and other living things as a part of the universe, and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved, in essence, in the seventeenth century, with the creation of modern science...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • The Importance of Memory in Mental Training (2016)

    There is little direct commentary on the function of memory in the Buddha’s teaching; it is taken for granted that our existence is accumulative: nothing is really forgotten, and our present state is continually filtered through the effects of the past. The Buddha explains memory’s dual importance...
    (My publication) Posted by: Rodger R Ricketts, Psy.D.
  • The Pursuit of Wisdom: A Chronological Inquiry of the World's Most Influential Seekers of Wisdom in the Fields of Theology, Philosophy, and Science (2016)

    Over the centuries we have been witness to transformational changes that have altered the way we think and live. The chapters in The Pursuit of Wisdom are dedicated to heroic individuals throughout history who have attempted to de-mystify the unknown in the secular world of Science and the venerable...
    (My publication) Posted by: jdeanc
  • Can Scientific Method Help Us Create a Wiser World? (2015)

    Nicholas Maxwell (2015) Two great problems of learning confront humanity: (1) learning about the universe, and about ourselves as a part of the universe, and (2) learning how to make progress towards as good a world as possible. We solved the first problem when we created modern science in the 17 th...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • How Humanity Might Avoid Devastation (2015)

    We face grave global problems. One might think universities are doing all they can to help solve these problems. But universities, in successfully pursuing scientific knowledge and technological know-how in a way that is dissociated from a more fundamental concern with problems of living, have actually...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
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DISCUSSIONS
  • What is the role of reflection in practical wisdom?

    For ancient philosophers, wisdom required knowing the good and a wise person could live a flourishing life, in part, because he or she possessed this knowledge. These days, we are less certain that there is a good to be known that will help us live flourishing lives. Further, if we want to measure how...
     Posted by: wattawa
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