Philosophical Toolkit in tow, Scholar Travels to Conflict Zones

Carlos Fraenkel, McGill University

Over the past few years, I’ve organized philosophy workshops around the world: with students at Palestinian and Indonesian universities, Hasidic Jews in New York, teenagers in Brazil and an Iroquois community in Canada.

I chose the locations deliberately along various lines of conflict: Israel and Palestine, Islam and the West, religious orthodoxy and urban modernity, social and racial divisions in Brazil, and the struggle of Native Americans with the legacy of colonialism.

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Lao Tzu & Eastern Philosophies

Lao Tzu, author of Tao Te Ching, was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. As founder of philosophical Taoism, he's a legendary figure dated back to the 6th Century BCE and supposedly a contemporary of Confucius. Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

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You've had an Out-of-Body experience, But what kind?

By Alexander De Foe, Monash University

Have you ever felt as though your sense of awareness was outside of your physical body? That you were looking back at yourself from another place in the same room? If so, you’ve probably had an out-of-body experience (OBE). But not all OBEs are the same.

Research suggests OBEs are more common than one might think, with around 10% of the population having reported at least one such experience in their lifetime.

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Short Story: The Man Who Spit In Buddha’s Face

The Buddha was sitting under a tree talking to his disciples when a man came and spat in his face. He wiped it off, and he asked the man, “What next? What do you want to say next?” The man was a little puzzled because he himself never expected that when you spit in someone’s face he should ask “What next?” He had no such experience in his past. He had insulted people and they had become angry and they had reacted. Or if they were cowards and weaklings, they had smiled, trying to bribe him.

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Exploring the Realities of Brainwave Entrainment

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Illuminating our world and our eyes, the human mind is the perfect audience for light & sound.  From dark and creepy to bright and majestic, our mood is very much affected the moment these elements come into play. To understand the realm of light & sound a bit more, we're going to examine the truth behind "brainwave entrainment," to determine whether they can effect our psyche in a truly impactful way.

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A Peek into the World of Psychonautics

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Exploring the uncharted territories of the mind and soul, Psychonautics simply relates the experience users feel during altered states of consciousness.  One reaches this mindset through a myriad of tools which range from drug-free techniques to full blown psychedelics and hallucinogens.  It doesn't matter whether the ritual is shamanistic involving mystical mushrooms, or you're dropped into a sensory deprivation tank, the overall goal is to gain deeper insights into the human psyche and utilize their altered state of mind for greater perspective.

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