“politics is simply beside the point of Thanksgiving…family members are connected precisely by those shared bonds, aspirations, and values that go beyond the travails of partisan politics”-still, I’m thankful we’re staying home this year @RobertTalisse https://t.co/TIV46JN962

November 21, 2018

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On the other hand, says @sapinker, “progress is a demonstrable fact” https://t.co/jDaAkVt9Hu

November 20, 2018

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Henry Ford’s “history is bunk” and Toynbee’s “one damn fact after another” seem about right, at this point in time. https://t.co/gy1o8YNtX1

November 20, 2018

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RT @seanmcarroll: Happy World #PhilosophyDay! You might be a scientist if you get frustrated by philosophers always worrying about the definitions of words. You might be a philosopher if you wonder how scientists can keep using words without knowing what they mean.

November 15, 2018

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RT @apaphilosophy: Happy World #PhilosophyDay! Studying philosophy is valuable no matter what career path one pursues, from academia to business to entertainment to politics. Download our print-ready poster series featuring well-known figures who hold philosophy degrees: https://t.co/d4zdE4ERpk https://t.co/9XROqnV1lM

November 15, 2018

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RT @five_books: “I don’t see the subject as restricted to nerdy philosophical papers in refereed journals. Some of the most important contributions have been literary.” This #WorldPhilosophyDay, read @philosophybites on the best introductions to philosophy https://t.co/lvIMVr9JqI

November 15, 2018

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RT @philosophybites: To me this looks like diminished reality https://t.co/0jn6joqztN

November 10, 2018

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RT @brainpicker: “If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed.” Happy birthday, Carl Sagan https://t.co/clbyMY11jG

November 9, 2018

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I’ve just posted on my Blog about: Dawn: A Serenade to the World Becoming Conscious of Itself https://t.co/481P5CX3Xf

November 9, 2018

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Dawn: A Serenade to the World Becoming Conscious of Itself

November 9, 2018

In praise of the natural optimism of daybreak.

Dawn: A Vintage Watercolor Serenade to the World Becoming Conscious of Itself
“In the name of daybreak / and the eyelids of morning / and the wayfaring moon / and the night when it departs,” Diane Ackerman wrote in her wondrous poem-prayer for presence. There is a singular and deeply assuring beauty to the prayerful optimism that daybreak brings. On the darkest of days, the knowledge that the sun will rise is the sole certainty we can hold on to. And when it does rise, it ignites the splendor of a world becoming conscious of itself — the first birdsong, the first breath, the first catlike stretch, the first cup of tea.
That splendor is what the great Polish-American children’s book author and illustrator Uri Shulevitz (b. February 27, 1935) celebrates with uncommon tenderness of heart and brush in his 1974 masterpiece Dawn (public library) — a watercolor serenade to the world as it becomes conscious of itself.
The book opens with a splash of quiet stillness in the final stretch of night… (continues)

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