Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

Today’s lecture begins a two day series on the revolutionary developments in ancient Indian thought during what is sometimes called the Upanishadic Era. After discussing the challenges such thinkers posed to the Vedic concentration on ritual and priests, we begin to discuss yoga, both in its philosophy and, after watching a HYSTERICAL video, juxtaposing such … More Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)

Pursuit of Happ-I-ness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” So says the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Sure we all know what it’s like to be happy and sure we … More Pursuit of Happ-I-ness

Benjamin Franklin, the Bald Eagle, and Head-Shaking Irony

Well, it’s that time of year again when we celebrate our nation’s birthday! Hip, hip, HOORAY! This great nation of ours is now 238 years old. That’s a lot of candles. This great nation of ours, embodied in the symbol of our national bird, the bald eagle. But our founding fathers did not settle on … More Benjamin Franklin, the Bald Eagle, and Head-Shaking Irony