Implicit Bias: What is It & Why Should We Care?

It is comforting to believe that our behavior is based upon our intentions and chosen beliefs. However, research into implicit bias suggests that this is decidedly not always the case. But what is implicit bias? And why should we be concerned with it? This article explores what is meant by implicit bias, what role it plays in our thinking and behavior, some of the philosophical dilemmas it presents, and offers an opportunity to test your own implicit biases.

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The Cultivation of Philosophical Sensitivity

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Jana Mohr Lone asks the question “what kind of training is needed to teach philosophy and do it well?” and discusses the importance of what she refers to as “philosophical sensitivity.” Read her scholarly article here!

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Life Enrichment & Wellness Program (Touchmark)

Our unique Life Enrichment & Wellness Programs combine aspects of philosophy, mindfulness meditation, and more with the aim of inspiring critical, creative thought, imagination, humor, compassion, kindness, an improved sense of well-being, and community. Join us to learn about our upcoming eight-week class series promoting life enrichment & wellness through…

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Life Enrichment & Wellness Program (Touchmark)

Our unique Life Enrichment & Wellness Programs combine aspects of philosophy, mindfulness meditation, and more with the aim of inspiring critical, creative thought, imagination, humor, compassion, kindness, an improved sense of well-being, and community. Join us to learn about our upcoming eight-week class series promoting life enrichment & wellness through…

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A Crash Course on ‘What Is Philosophy?’

At our Beat the Heat Philosophy Party in August, one of our presentations explored what philosophy is, what it isn’t, and why we should care.  This fun video from the Crash Course series provides some additional insight about the matter, including a brief history of philosophy (primarily from a western…

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Lessons on Empathy & Compassion from the Classroom

Empathy and compassion are some of the greatest life lessons we can ever hope to learn. While expanding our minds is (and should be) a goal of our educational systems, lessons that help to expand our hearts are often (sadly) less of a focus. In this award-winning documentary, Mr. Toshiro…

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The Philosophical Knight – Søren Kierkegaard

Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is oft regarded as a satirical, romantic iconoclast. Unlike many philosophers of his era, his prose was lyrical and poetic and the use of pseudonyms, paradox and irony were among his trademarks. Kierkegaard’s works explored such things as personal identity, duty, freedom, objective & subjective truths,…

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A Healthy Side of Negative Emotions

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There is no doubt that positive emotions are worth cultivating. But must we be upbeat all of the time? Is there a healthy side of negative emotions and some value in experiencing them? Many philosophers (Schopenhauer comes to mind here) argue that embracing the full range of our emotions (including…

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