Category Archives: Ideas to mull over

The world is getting better. // Hans Rosling

“Every group of people I ask thinks the world is more frightening, more violent, and more hopeless — in short, more dramatic — than it really is…. Step-by-step, year-by-year, the world is improving. Not on every single measure every single year, but as a rule. Though the world faces huge challenges, we have made tremendous… Read More »

What is Philosophy? // Bertrand Russell

“‘Philosophy’ is a word which has been used in many ways, some wider, some narrower. I propose to use it in a very wide sense. which I will now try to explain. Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science. Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as… Read More »

“….do we ever learn?” // J Krishnamurti

“….do we ever learn? Do we learn from experience? Do we learn from accumulation of knowledge? We say we learn from experience — do we? There have been nearly fifteen thousand wars during the last five thousand years — that is a great deal of experience for man. Have we learnt from these experiences that… Read More »

“”If you meet the Buddha,” advises the Zen patriarch Lin-chi, “kill him.”” / / Stephen Batchelor

“According to legend, when the young man who was to become Buddha left the security of his home to explore the world beyond its walls, he chanced upon a person crippled with age, another ridden with disease, and a corpse. These sights perplexed him. For the first time, his existence became a question for him.… Read More »

“We can create our own potential.” // Anders Ericsson

“….we now understand that there’s no such thing as a predefined ability. The brain is adaptable, and training can create skills….that did not exist before. This is a game changer, because learning now becomes a way of creating abilities rather than of bringing people to the point where they can take advantage of their innate… Read More »