“This should be allowed to be said” ?

The phrase from the title, but with an exclamation point at the end, one often finds in right-wing populists. Any perceived or real taboos are initiated with this phrase. “It will surely not be able to say that refugees … The fact that foreigners … That dissidents …”. And so on. It is the well-rehearsed…

Epicurus and Zeno

In the ancient Greek philosophy, there are two opposites. One of them was the philosopher Epicurus, who said that the world is composed of atoms and the human soul as well, albeit for very fine atoms. Once the atomic compounds dissolve that make up the soul, so also the soul automatically disband itself. So there…

Vegetative state and a few questions

After a distant acquaintance of several days had a brain hemorrhage, then two emergency surgeries and now continues to be in a vegetative state, one imagines from time to time but certain questions. One was initially answered once before during a brief Internet search, the vegetative state is a medically induced at a certain time…

God and Atoms

In ‘How to Know God’, Deepak Chopra claims that “(t)he same brain responses that enable you to see a tree as a tree, instead of as a ghostly swarm of buzzing atoms, also enable you to experience God” (Chopra 2000:17). – As I have suggested in previous postings, there are undoubtedly mechanisms within the neural labyrinths…