***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 7/5/2014***

**This is the sixty-second in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Our home base for discussion of Epicurean philosophy is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com. Please consider joining us on the Facebook forum so your facebook feed will be updated with the most recent postings.

This week was very active, as our numbers continue to grow and new posters start their own discussions. We had so many good posts that I don’t have time to comment much other than for listing the highlights of the week, which include:
**Helen S. from Australia pointed out that our book list was in poor shape, and that led to discussion and improvements documented here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/687245311324432/
**Based on the discussion last week about suggested topics, I updated a file in the FILES section: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/687287194653577/
**Panagiotis A. started a good discussion on autarchy vs autarky: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/687287194653577/
**I added a post this week highlighting Frances Wright’s discussion of the difference between the Epicurean concept of “virtue” vs other philosophies, particularly the Stoics: http://newepicurean.com/frances-wright-on-epicurean-virtue-vs-virtue-in-the-other-philosophies/
** Ilkka posted on his Menoeceus blog: Philosophy as Mental Hygiene https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/687854961263467/
**Ilkka posted again, and Hiram posted to our group, on “Why do we need to practice philosophy?” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/687890711259892/
**Tom M. posted a link to “What god does to your brain.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/687959037919726/
**Raajan S., one of our new friends, posted an excellent post on Epicureanism as a way of life: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/687966747918955/
**Hiram posted a topic list for upcoming editions of “Happy Twentieth” and invited submissions for publication: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688330924549204/
**Hiram posted a link to “A Green Hereafter” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688365734545723/
**Raajan S. again posted, this time to an article on Stoicism. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688432751205688/ I will take the liberty of includind here by response: “I would add to the list of why Stoicism is relevant to the modern world is that it helps us as Epicureans explain our *correct* viewpoint about the role of “virtue” and “gods in the universe” by pointing to it (Stoicism) as an example of the wrong answers!” 🙂
**I posted a copy of Norman Dewitt’s “Organization and Procedure in Epicurean Groups” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/688542701194693/ with a comment that it would be helpful for us to develop additional guidelines on rules of the group, including mediation and resolution of any disputes which might arise. I have not made nearly enough progress on that yet, but it is an important topic.
** Mark C. pasted a photo of the 3d-generated bust of Epicurus which he recently ordered from Shapeways. Those interested in purchasing one should read the comments and follow the links on that post. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152508799102356&set=gm.688555574526739&type=1
**Many of our group friends are, to varying degrees, fans of the work of Nietzsche, who had many good things to say about Epicurus. Ilkka posted a link to an article entitled: “The Recurring Myth about Nietzsche and Fascism” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688789947836635/
**Tom Merle posted a link to one of the last interviews of Christopher Hitchens before his death. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688801104502186/
**Raajan S. posted a commentary on Nietzsche and how he was not a nihilist. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688801947835435/
**Tom Merls posted a link to “Your Desire to Be Famous And the Problems It Will cause You” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/689030801145883/
**Stefan S. (who I want to say I am very happy to see participating again; Stefan was very helpful to me in my early researches) posted on “an eminently Epicurean way of travel, rediscovered: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/689126887802941/
**We had much additional discussion this week about the symbolism in the famous “monkey skull” mosaic from Pompeii https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152076703796295&set=gm.646777628704534&type=1
**Hiram posted a link to a TED talk on “The Lethality of Loneliness” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/688966961152267/
**Hiram posted a link to “Dopamine – the science of pleasure” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/690138441035119/
**Tom posted a link to a David Brooks article on assimilation vs separation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/689720624410234/
**I don’t think this was posted in the Epicurean Group, but I note that Ilkka posted on the “Epicurus” page on Facebook a link to an article on the problems of male/female relationships and rape. https://www.facebook.com/epicureanphilosopher/posts/10152586367808729 This post generated many comments many of them heated, and much emotional opinion on both sides of the issue. I think it would be fair to summarize the division as between (1) those who thought the article was helpful and covered an important topic with the seriousness it deserved, and (2) those who thought that the tone and style and argument of the article were vastly overblown, offensively overgeneralizing, and unhelpful to the topic by its condescending attitude (and that’s just a taste of the reaction)) 🙂 This is a good time to repeat that in both the “About” statement already on our page, and in the additional call for suggestions and posting I intend to do on Epicurean “frank criticism,” we stress the right of every individual to hold their own opinions, and the fact that **No One** can speak for Epicurus on any issue. Epicurus is dead, he did not leave a holy ghost, and the best that any of us can do is to attempt to study, understand, and apply his wisdom in the way we deem helpful. This isn’t the first, and it won’t be the last, link to a controversial article that appears on an Epicurean page, so it will help us all if we learn to make habit of Epicurus’ advice on courtesy and respectful disagreement.

I apologize if I missed anyone or anything. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please add a comment or participate in the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ or hop around the internet word of Epicureanism by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com
PEACE AND SAFETY!
Cassius Amicus

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