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The Academy of Ideas podcast explores the ideas of the greatest philosophers and psychologists of history. Become a Supporting Member and access extra content: www.academyofideas.com/members
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…totalitarian domination as a form of government is new in that it… bases itself on loneliness, on the experience of not belonging to the world at all, which is among the most radical and desperate experiences of man.  Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism Many people have amnesia regarding that fact that a mere few […] The post Social Distancing – Why They want You Isolated and Alone first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“…in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech.”   Silence Dogood, pseudonym of Benjamin Franklin, The New-England Courant, Number 49, 2-9 July 1722 Freedom of […] The post Free Speech, Censorship, and the Threat of Totalitarianism first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.” Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Amiel’s Journal Depression is the darkest of human experiences. It saps our energy, weakens our will to work, destroys our desire to socialize, decreases our motivation to exercise, and sometimes even jeopardizes our […] The post How Depression Facilitates Self-Transformation first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
In the 1st century AD, the Greek orator and philosopher Dio Chrysostom wrote:  “Luxury makes pains seem even harder, and dulls and weakens one’s pleasures. For the person who is always luxuriating and never touches pain will end up unable to endure any pain at all, and also not able to feel any pleasure, not […] The post Pursue Pain, Not Pleasure – Why Comfort is Crippling You first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“It seems to me that we face very grave crises indeed and that, if we are to survive, we need not just a few new measures, but a complete change of heart and mind.” Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World There seems to be […] The post Are We Enslaved to One Side of the Brain? – The Sickness of Modern Man first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Remember Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and [destroys] itself. . .It is in vain to Say that Democracy is … less proud, less selfish, less ambitious or less avaricious than Aristocracy or Monarchy. It is not true in Fact and no where appears in history. Those Passions are the same in all […] The post Why Democracy Leads to Tyranny first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“To live alone one must be either a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both…” Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols According to a 2010 study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, the health risks of chronic loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. To mitigate […] The post Why Solitude Promotes Greatness – The Benefits of Being Alone first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”   George Orwell, 1984 George Orwell’s writings have experienced a spike in popularity over the past several decades and for a good reason – modern societies are becoming ever more like the dystopia Orwell depicted in his […] The post 1984 vs Brave New World – How Freedom Dies first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”    Hippocrates Modern medicine has achieved remarkable results. Its ability to save people from ailments which a mere generation ago would have led to an untimely death, borders on the miraculous. But when it comes to chronic illness modern medicine has its limits. Sometimes the […] The post Spontaneous Recovery – The Body’s Power to Heal from Cancer and Chronic Disease first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn’t just […] The post Why an Unhealthy Mind creates an Unhealthy Body first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“. . .you must look at who you are and make an effort to know yourself, which is the most difficult knowledge one can imagine. When you know yourself, you will not puff yourself up like the frog who wanted to be the equal of the ox. . .”   Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes […] The post Why Lying to Yourself is Ruining Your Life first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Since ultimately people heal themselves with or without the tool of psychotherapy, why is it that so few do and so many do not? Since the path of spiritual growth, albeit difficult, is open to all, why do so few choose to travel it? It was to this question that Christ was addressing himself when […] The post How to Escape Mediocrity and Mental Illness – The Road Less Traveled first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“…more people look for salvation through relationship than in houses of worship. One may even suggest that romantic love has replaced institutional religion as the greatest motive power and influence in our lives…the search for love has replaced the search for God.” James Hollis, The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other Half of […] The post Why do Most Relationships Fail? – The Myth of the Magical Other first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Over half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia [in the 20th century]: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’”   Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1983 Templeton Address Is secularization a sign […] The post Do we Need God? – The Loss of God and the Decay of Society first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Evil is not committed by people who feel uncertain about their righteousness, who question their own motives, who worry about betraying themselves. The evil in this world is committed by the spiritual fat cats, by the Pharisees of our own day, the self-righteous who think they are without sin because they are unwilling to suffer […] The post The Psychology of Malignant Narcissists – People of the Lie first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“And the word “courage” should be reserved to characterize the man or woman who leaves the infantile sanctuary of the mass mind.” Sam Keen, Fire in the Belly In the privacy of our minds many of us disagree with the ideologies, political agendas, and government mandates of our day, yet in public we comply. We […] The post Why are People so Obedient? – Compliance and Tyranny first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“I must be myself, I cannot break myself any longer for you. . .If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance The great 19th century American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that to flourish […] The post Why Nonconformity Cures a Sick Self and a Sick Society first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Fatherlessness is the leading cause of declining child well-being in our society. It is also the engine driving our most urgent social problems…Yet, despite its scale and social consequences, fatherlessness is a problem that is frequently ignored or denied.” David Blankenhorn, Fatherless America Families are microcosms of society. Strong and stable families contribute to social […] The post Why Absent Fathers Harm Children and Ruin Society first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“Human predators populate our society.”   Stefan Verstappen, Defense Against the Psychopath Psychopaths are human predators. They coerce, manipulate, lie, steal, defraud, abuse, and take life, without feeling guilt or remorse. A leading expert on psychopathy, Robert Hare, estimates that 1% of people are psychopaths; while the clinical psychologist Martha Stout suggests this figure is […] The post The Psychology of Psychopaths – Predators who Walk Among Us first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
“We also live in our dreams, we do not live only by day. Sometimes we accomplish our greatest deeds in dreams.” Carl Jung, The Red Book Are dreams the product of random brain activity, or a side effect of the mind consolidating its memories? Are they, as Sigmund Freud suggested, the expression of repressed wishes […] The post Carl Jung and the Psychology of Dreams – Messages from the Unconscious first appeared on Academy of Ideas.
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Derek B

this really hit me at the right time. thank you x

May 13th
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Aug 28th
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Kizi chillin

Superbly done

May 2nd
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Francisco J Carrillo Robles

First discovered these little videos on Youtube. Love the quotes from different philosophers to accompany whatever theory they may be conceptualizing. On youtube they have neat little images as well. Glad I found this channel on here, now I can listen at work.

Feb 27th
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