Category Archives: Philosophy

In Praise of Shadows: A Short Review of the Work of Azsacra Zarathustra

Part Brahman (Hindu priest) and part Kshatriya (warrior) — in terms of “warfare, aggression, and valour” — is how Dr. Santosh Kumar describes Russian author Azsacra Zarathistra. Zarathustra is the…

Popcorn Nihilism: Negative Thinking As Popular Entertainment

Some truths that have been staring you in the face. Some years ago, one of these — the degree of nihilism to be found in many modern movies — was pointed…

Accidental Metaphysics: How Movies Hit On Philosophical Truths

Plato suggests that some buried part of our souls knows the ultimate truth about all things pertinent to human existence. His metaphysical explanation is that we are our souls and…

Nude temple scene by Norman Lindsay

The Fantasy of Promiscuity

Periodically, some group of people come up with what seems to them to be the secret to human happiness; the end of marriage and the birth of total promiscuity. They…

Reality Is Overrated; Why Subjectivity Informs Our Experience Of The World

In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke focuses on epistemology. The theory of knowledge. His most important aim was to know what reality was really like. Like many other…

Are Friends Electric?: Machines, Emotions, And The Importance of Rule Breaking

A robot is a machine. One definition of a machine, used by people like Alan Turing who invented the concept of a modern computer, is a rule-following device. A computer,…

Fallen angel statue

After Death, And Beyond The Rational: Man, Divinity, And Reincarnation

Assumptions are inevitable and unavoidable. One assumes that other drivers are not going to run stop signs and red lights. One assumes that the floor one was standing on yesterday…

Nazi Girls Are Easy: Porn, Cinema, And The Body In Anti-Racist Politics

Porn has a political message. At least at times. Partly because the center-Right claims to stand for “family values,” and to oppose sex out of wedlock and other “sins” (including, often, pornography), political…

the influence of the vedas and upanishads on the west

Discovering the Ancient Indian Influence on the Great Minds

It was a winter day in 1988, when I was traveling to Delhi I had picked up the book The Discovery of India by Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru from a newsstand in Guwahati Railway…