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The Royal Society took as its motto the phrase, Nulius in Verba: “Take nobody’s word for it.” Ultimately, science and societies based on the scientific method triumphed because of a desirable focus on evidence and reason. From primitive times, through the Bronze Age and down to the medieval era, humanity was driven by cruelty and superstition. Things began to change during the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason.
This module considers the importance of self doubt, evidence based thinking and some of the cognitive tools we need to make sense of Reality and the world around us.
The Japanese have a practice known as Naikan. It is a structured method of self-introspection. It literally means, “Looking inward.” However, a metaphorical interpretation of it would mean to consider oneself with the mind’s eye....
Ikigai is a Japanese word. It translates loosely as “reason for being”. The Japanese believe everyone has an Ikigai. But finding it requires patience, exploration of the outside world, deep introspection, and a search for...
Altruism is the unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. To distinguish it from mere helpfulness, some would go further and say that it is not merely being helpful; it is helpfulness...
Does beauty truly lie in the eye of the beholder? Do the objects of the universe have an inherent beauty that lies beyond the need for human apprehension? To what extent are we genetically predisposed...