The value of negative knowledge

The value of negative knowledge

Negative knowledge is about knowing what does not work and what to avoid. And the value of negative knowledge cannot be stressed enough in a modern world that is so full of noise. One that drowns you with a daily dose of nonsense.   So, knowing what is wrong is vital,...
To really know yourself

To really know yourself

To really know yourself is to notice your inner state, in the same way that a skilled painter notices colour. It is about being awake to subtle shades and shifts in your feelings and motivations. About really attuning yourself to both body and mind. And, such noticing...
Wisdom is like a vaccine

Wisdom is like a vaccine

Wisdom is like a vaccine. It protects against confusion and noise that prevent you from living well.  And, in the way that a vaccine works against a particular disease, wisdom becomes wisdom in relation to a particular problem. However, unlike a vaccine, wisdom can...
On free will and determinism

On free will and determinism

The question of free will vs determinism has confounded philosophers both modern and pre-modern. And, like most heated philosophical questions that have been around for a long-time, it is either answerable or has a false premise.  Hidden assumption I will show that...
Negation is not endorsement

Negation is not endorsement

Just because I doubt the rigour of a (negative) statement about X, that does not mean I have any (positive) view about X. Negation is NOT endorsement. Negation is negation. Yet, many seem unable to grasp this.  Clinging to beliefs People are often so invested in their...
Reflections on Eastern Philosophies

Reflections on Eastern Philosophies

Transcript of my talk, “Chuang Tzu to Alan Watts — Reflections on Eastern Philosophy”.  Given at the Mandarin Club on 17th December 2020, on the special brew of thought that is Chan Buddhism. My interest in Eastern Philosophy, and other philosophies, stems...