By Laura A. Roser On Consciousness and How Thought Structures Affect Our Reality Have you ever wondered if reality is subjective? Is what you’re experiencing similar to what other humans are experiencing? Do your senses interpret stimuli the same way as the majority of people around you? Is reality mostly molded by your thoughts, or is…

By Laura A. Roser How Our Environment Shapes Our Thoughts In Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693), John Locke writes: “We are all a sort of chameleons, that still take a tincture from things near us: nor is it to be wondered at in children, who better understand what they see, than what they hear.” It is…

By Laura A. Roser Zen and the Art of Car Shopping My taste in cars drives my engineer father crazy. I rate a car’s attractiveness over its utility every time — which usually means that I end up with a cute, but temperamental foreign car that’s expensive to fix and costs significantly more than a “more…

By Laura A. Roser Living Between Extremes If you eat too much, you get fat and sick and die. If you eat too little, you waste away and die. The key is eating the right amount of the right foods. This leads to health, vitality, and a long life. Of course, the questions then arise, “What…

By Laura A. Roser   In his version of the Bhagavad Gita, Eknath Easwaran writes, “The word Dharma means many things, but its underlying sense is ‘that which supports,’ from the root dhri, to support, hold up, or bear. Generally, dharma implies support from within: the essence of a thing, its virtue, that which makes it…

Distinguishing the Real from the Fake By Laura A. Roser   A couple of weeks ago, my friend from Italy visited me. I took him around to various scenic spots and we chatted about life, politics and business. “The problem with our society,” he announced, “is most people are alphabets.” I had no idea what he…

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Thoughts on Humility By Laura A. Roser   About a month ago, I read Eleanor Roosevelt’s autobiography, You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life. I found myself highlighting various passages and writing notes on index cards. In one section of the book (around page 63), she discusses maturity. Her first…

“Nothing is so likely to make a man’s fortune as virtue.” – from Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography By Laura A. Roser   The other day, I was reading Ben Franklin’s small book entitled The Way to Wealth (edited by Charles Conrad). It’s hard not to like Franklin’s writings – with his methodical processes and simple, straightforward advice….

by Laura A. Roser   Jean-Paul Sartre was a French Philosopher born in 1905. Although a recognized  intellectual, he is perhaps best known for his fictional works and plays, which are richly  symbolic and espouse his strong views against the existence of a god and a person’s responsibility to define herself. The Roman Catholic Church was…

The Tibetan Buddhist Concept of Being Hooked Have you ever been hooked by a negative narrative? Someone says something and your mind goes into a tailspin of destructive thoughts. Let’s say your neighbor says, “That’s an interesting choice.” And he points to your newly planted flowers. You smile, not quite knowing what he means and…

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