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Monday, April 7, 2014

Oliver's Favs

Today we discussed psychedelic drugs and philosophy.  Dr. Oliver mentioned that Hegel used Nitrous before coming up with philosophical conclusions.  During our group discussion Dr. Oliver mentioned Timothy Leary, who was a 20th century thinker.  Leary was an advocate for LSD and had his ashes launched into space.  I thought that was cool.  We also talked about biological evolution as well as cultural evolution.  Is it possible, in the future, that we could match levels of biological evolution with cultural evolution?  In my opinion, unless we have some extraordinary breakthroughs in the scientific realm, I doubt we'll ever be able to speed up biological evolution, at least during an individual lifetime. In other words, cultural evolution happens much faster than biological. Thoughts on this?


  1. (DQ: Kierkegaard) For those of you who are religious--If God spoke to you, and asked you to kill your son, would you do it? Why or why not?

    (FQ) What did Karl Marx compare religion to? Opium, "religion is the opium of the people."

  2. FQ) who is often described as the father of faith? Abraham

    DQ) If there are so many interpretations do you not think there may be somethings misconstrued in these books.

    Link: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/abraham.html

  3. No, HEGEL didn't use nitrous. William James did, mostly to poke fun at Hegel's style of writing.

  4. FQ: who did Kierkegaard often resemble when he walked around town in conversation with a companion? (Socrates)
    DQ: The book states that Kierkegaard wasn't appreciated in his lifetime but later on. Why do you think we don't appreciate philosopher's when they're alive?


  5. Brianna Carroll2:15 PM CDT

    FQ: What topic is considered in Soren Kierkegaard's book?
    DQ: Do you agree with Nigel Warbuton

    For more info about Nigel Warburton's beliefs: