Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Dangerous generalizations

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta Ombudsman It’s dark and silent. All I can hear is my little desk fan and the blaring siren screaming in my ear caused by my tinnitus, but it’s mostly dark and silent. I know my radio alarm clock will start yelling NPR news at any moment, but I’m awake. [...]


Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta    A young adventurer traveled around the world in search for enlightenment. After a few years, he went to a mountain in the Himalayans following the directions he received from an ascetic in Goa, India. According to the ascetic, the wisest man on Earth was a Zen Master who [...]

The cult of ure

By Bernardo H. Motta “I think, therefore I am; I act, therefore I can.”              Bernardo H. Motta after René Descartes    There is a quote attributed to the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, going around on the Internet, which says “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea.  It’s the person who gets [...]

Hall of Winds

Hall of Winds

Critical Encounters By Bernardo H. Motta   “It was a bold question, and one which has ever been considered as a mystery; yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries.” *”Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” chapter 4, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley [...]

And a cherry on top… of what?

Critical Encounters by Bernardo H. Motta Ombudsman Dozens of clichés populate our common language explaining how the basics are important. You may have heard about “bread and butter” and “back to basics” in many situations to the point of saturation. You, like I did in my teens, might think those to be only one of [...]