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Philosophy

Scripture under the microscope

Scripture under the microscope

You've always thought of the Bible as an early science text. You'd like to compare its factual content with what modern experts have to say.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 4:10pm

Book review: The Silence of Animals, by John Gray

Book review: The Silence of Animals, by John Gray

Every couple of years or so John Gray presents a new book in which he imparts to us many wise things we seem incapable of heeding.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:46pm

You are here: a little perspective for a Monday morning

via I f**king love science

A dose of space, and Carl Sagan to cure your Monday morning blues.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:39pm 2 comments

Jack Smart believed consciousness was a direct result of brain processes

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Jack Smart, who has died aged 92, changed the course of contemporary philosophy.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:53am

Deep thinkers ponder the biggest question

Deep thinkers ponder the biggest question

That question - "Why is there something rather than nothing?" - occupies the centre of Jim Holt's book, which is by turns a philosophical and scientific inquiry, written through a broadly personal lens. 

30 Sep 2012 - 4:43pm

There is always a dark side to love

Photo: AFP

Is there a particularly French idea about l'amour? Political analyst Agnes Poirier thinks so.

2 Sep 2012 - 8:50am

The Turin Horse

The Turin Horse Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok, Mihaly Kosmos Director: Bela Tarr

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

In so many words

Artist Tsang Kin-wah hasn't held a solo show in Hong Kong since 2005, the year he won the Sovereign Asian Art Prize for one of the works he is still most closely identified with: repetitive swirling floral patterns composed of intricate, tiny texts - often profanities, religious quotes and philosophical references - which envelop entire gallery interiors like psychedelic wallpaper.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael Sandel Allen Lane (e-book)

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Blissful thinking

When your world seems to be falling apart, you can always count on someone telling you to look on the bright side. It's as if positivity is something you can summon at will. But what if happiness really was within your control, and all you needed to do to experience profound joy was to change a few small things in your everyday life?

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Who do you think you are?

There is no doubt that the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was a catastrophe for hundreds of thousands of people.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Should animals have rights?

Wong Ling-oi, 13, St Stephen's Girls' College

Many people insist that the public should respect animal rights. I don't think so.

For a start, humans are without a doubt far more complicated than any other living thing. We have a unique ability to think and express ourselves, and to formulate social systems with rights and responsibilities.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Kong Khong-chang, aka comic artist Kongkee

What I'm listening to: online radio station www.sky.fm. It's a classical jazz channel, and the rhythms it broadcasts really inspire my drawing.

What I'm watching: US detective drama The Mentalist. I love the investigation team inside the story. I learn many storytelling skills and techniques from this TV series.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pui Pui To, founder and curator of 2P Gallery

What I'm reading: Gelassenheit by Martin Heidegger, probably the most poetic yet controversial philosopher of the 20th century. He cuts straight to the heart of philosophy with the question: what is thinking? He explores the thought of early Greek thinkers from a pre-metaphysical standpoint.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Our world's become an existential joke

As a failed philosophy student, I can't help but notice how people don't use words like existence and existential in popular English-speaking culture the way they used to. When I was a student in 1980s North America, those words were usually associated with French existentialism, popularised as much by Jean-Paul Sartre as by Woody Allen.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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