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    Epicurus from U469 Johannes Stobaeus, Anthology, XVII.23: “Thanks be to blessed Nature because she has made what is necessary easy to supply, and what is not easy unnecessary.” More quotes appropriate for Thanksgiving? Please add them to the Thanksgiving thread!

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    In the USA many of our friends are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you are traveling, be safe, and let us know how you are doing if you have any interesting experiences! Godfrey has started a thread for this here: Thanksgiving

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    New readers of the website may be interested in the updated FAQ answer on a proposed reading list for new students of Epicurus.

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    Episode 45 of the Lucretius Today Podcast is Now Available: Episode Forty-Five - Further Arguments For the Mortality of the Soul

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    Current plan is for the forum upgrade to be performed Tuesday Nov 24 at 11 am CET (5 am EST). You will want to avoid that time period for posting your dissertation on the final true and correct meaning of "anticipations" or "divinity!" The upgrade should be complete within an hour or two. It would not be surprising if some custom "styles" are temporarily displaced, so please excuse any appearance issues til we get the site totally upgraded.

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    Upgrade Notice: We are going to perform an upgrade on the forum software in the near future so we have access to the latest and greatest features the software can provide. We should not experience any difficulties, but it's always good practice that if you are composing a long document to keep a copy locally so that you will have it, rather than compose all of it it in the editor. Also, during the actual upgrade the forum will be placed in maintenance mode, so you should have no problem with starting a post and finding that the system has been taken down in the meantime. I will post here in the announcements a notice of when to expect the downtime, but I expect it to be short. More to come.

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    Happy Twentieth of November, 2020! (our monthly twentieth thread)

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    The Lexicon entry for "Techniques for Better Living" is taking shape and is at least now in outline form with a working table of contents. Much work remains to be done to create the content and organize it. Please feel free to insert your own entries, or if you prefer, post some suggestions as comments to this thread and I will work them in myself. Check out the framework here: Epicurean Techniques for Better Living

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    Anouncement of new masters-level writing competition: New Epicurean Writing Competition - Thanks to Michele Pinto For This Information

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    Just received a friendly note from one of our past participants, @bdws , who is checking back in with us after a bout with Stoicism. Sounds like his fever has just about subsided so I hope he'll post soon and maybe we can pick up from him some good new "social distancing" tips for those who might get tempted by allure of "virtue" :-)

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    Episode 43 of the Lucretius Today Podcast is now available: Episode Forty-Three - The Mind is Born, Grows Old, and Dies With the Body

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    On days when the everyday pressures of life seem extreme, it's a particularly good time to remember Vatican Saying 78: "The noble soul occupies itself with wisdom and friendship; of these, the one is a mortal good, the other immortal." Full thread: Epicurean Prescriptions For Dealing WIth Troubled Times

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    As of today the Forum now has a new "Lexicon" feature allowing collaboration in preparation of key documents, such as lists of citations: Addition of the "Lexicon" Feature of the Forum

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    Reminder: "VS 41. We must laugh and philosophize at the same time, and do our household duties, and employ our other faculties, ***and never cease proclaiming the sayings of the true philosophy.***" That means, my friends, that even while we pour our time and effort into posting here, we ought to be thinking in terms of how we can turn around and use that effort to widen our circle of friends. The very act of participating here helps with that goal, but if you have other ideas on additional ways to reach out to others, please let us know!

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    Please see this thread to discuss a potential format proposal for the end of the year: Year-End Possibilities - A Friendly "Debate" Show?

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    Thanks for pointing that out! And a relatively young one too, which is good to see that younger people are still interested in Epicurus.

    Looks like she wrote at least one more article on the topic that we ought to look at:




    so it appears she is in…
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    I noted you referred to the author as "he" a couple times. At the risk of being pedantic, the author is a woman: https://portal.uniri.hr/portfelj/933
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    (Quote from Godfrey)

    Now I do think that is a very clear and useful statement.
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    And that's an interesting example and gives something concrete to talk about. The photograph becomes something to which we can compare future observations…
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    Yes "factive" isn't very clear.

    As I understand the paper he makes a clear distinction between perceptions and beliefs. Perceptions are true and not describable by propositions, while beliefs are testable propositions and therefore not a criterion of…
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    Looks like a good find and important read. I had time to skim the first page or two but I was immediately struck that DeWitt's way of explaining the truth issue (honestly reported, like a witness in court who is honestly reporting but might be…
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    I found the attached paper to be quite thought provoking, particularly regarding the eidola. The paper focuses on the senses, which the author refers to as perceptions. It's a discussion on the Epicurean assertion that all sensations are true, and the…
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    I haven't made it to episode yet, but the framing of the post led me to search dictionary.com on "emotion." How in the world did we get to the point where "emotions" have a negative connotation, whereas the original Latin seems broad enough to…
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    Thank you! I am happy to have reconnected you with a memory, Elayne. I remembered Pickens County from your Dido poem.
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    I was listening to this episode of the Hidden Brain podcast this morning:
    https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/where-gratitude-gets-you/
    I found echoes of Epicurus's mentions of gratitude throughout, but the section on the "emotions" starting around 17:41…
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    I love it! My dad used to tell me the story of Archimedes' bathtub Eureka moment 😃. The father of my children is from Benevola in Pickens County. Lots of Latin names for small rural towns in Alabama-- Romulus, for example. And of course, we have an…

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    Citation 2.2, 105 Gomperz, seems peculiar in saying that the gods are the "causes of many good things." This seems to contradict the fundamental doctrine that the gods don't trouble themselves with meddling in our lives.

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