***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 8/30/2014***

**This is the seventieth 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.

**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 432. Last week this time we were 393. We are growing steadily, and we welcome all the new participants! If you know others who would like to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, please let them know. In so doing, you can, like Lucian, “strike a blow for Epicurus – that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him!”

** Another good new graphic meme by Elli this week, this time on Metrodorus: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204178758172229&set=gm.711863655529264&type=1 Elli generally posts her graphics in English and both modern and ancient Greek subtitles, and that helps with interaction with our friends in Greece, of which we have more and more all the time.

**Alexander Rios has continued to lead a number of very interesting threads on physics. The first one this week was on the characteristics of Epicurean atoms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/711794605536169/

**Followed by one on space-time: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/711794605536169/

** We had a lengthy thread this week on comparing Epicurean philosophy with Buddhism: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/711571078891855/ It seems there are so many variations of Buddhist thought that it is hard to pin down core differences with specificity, but we regularly encounter people who ask about this so it will be good to develop a basic understanding of the differences and similarities.

**Tom Merle started a thread with a link on a reporter who returned from Syria. That prompted significant discussion of the deteriorating world situation especially in the middle east: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/711998442182452/

**Haris from Greece continued his series on the Canon of Truth with the “Fourth Criterion” – Present Impressions of the Mind. We’ve had a lot of discussion as this series has proceeded and while differences remain, I think most all of us are in agreement about the essential points. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/712224882159808/

**David Peluso posted several good photos of the Bust of Epicurus that is now in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=809737392390948&set=gm.712867308762232&type=1

**David also posted photos of the Epicurean inscription in Oinoanda: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/712859665429663/

**Alexander posted a link that turned into a particularly important thread on the issue of “nothing from nothing” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/712634388785524/

**Tom posted a link to an article on “mental virtues” which contained some good advice, and also gave me the opportunity to beat the dead horse of distinguishing Stoic concepts of virtue from those of Epicurus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/712793485436281/ If you’re not familiar with this point, the thread contains a clear discussion of this vital issue.

**Earlier today I posted a link to a new essay by Richard Dawkins on “Essentialism.” This brief article gives a good explanation, from another perspective, of the dangers of the Platonic (and Aristotleian) tendency to consider abstractions to be more important than the facts of reality. This tendency, needless to say, is not nearly so much of a problem in Epicurean Philosophy, and indeed many of the Epicurean doctrines are targeted at defeating it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/713263048722658/

**One of our long-time participants in the group will be traveling to Athens next week and making a stopover at the location of the original garden. If you have ideas for pictures he should take or anything he should not miss on the trip, please add your thoughts to this thread: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/713093345406295/

**That last point makes me think of a project we ought to consider. Now that we have access to good friends in Greece, it would be interesting to compile a list of “Epicurean places and things to see while visiting Greece.” I have never been able to make the trip myself, but some day I would like to. No doubt such a trip should include a stopover in Italy at Pompeii and the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, but outside of the site of the Garden in Athens I am not sure what other Greek historical spots would be good to include. If anyone is particularly interested in this feel free to start a thread – otherwise I will do that myself at some point in the future.

** In closing, please remember that we invite your questions and discussions on any matter relating to ancient or modern Epicureanism, no matter what your level of expertise in asking the question. Even if you are a younger person studying Epicurus for a philosophy class, we invite you to ask your questions here. There is no better way for us to learn more, and have fun doing it, than to discuss Epicurean philosophy issues with new people who are sincerely interested.

Thanks to all who participated this week, and we look forward to another active week ahead.

**OK that’s it for the week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread. 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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***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 8/23/2014***

**This is the sixty-ninth 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.

**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 393. Last week this time we were 352. We are growing steadily, and we welcome all the new participants! If you know others who would like to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, please let them know. In so doing, you can, like Lucian, “strike a blow for Epicurus – that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him!”

**We had another busy week, but before I get into that I want to note that as the seasons change in late August / early September, this time of year can sometimes seem to be a time of year when many bad things happen. I blogged about that in the past here, mentioning the eruption of Vesuvius and the major carnage at the Battle of Teutoberg Forest at the height of the Epicurean years in Rome http://newepicurean.com/a-season-of-the-year-to-remember-fallen-epicureans/: I hope I am wrong in sensing that tensions are building around the world again in 2014, but regardless of that I wish peace and safety to all our group participants. A Latin motto I like a lot is “dum spiro, spero” – “while I breathe, I hope.” No matter how bad things may look at times, don’t give up!. Bad things may happen, but there’s “no fate but what we make.” To cite Epicurus directly: “Fate, which some introduce as sovereign over all things, [the wise man] scorns, affirming rather that some things happen of necessity, others by chance, others through our own agency. … . Nor does he hold chance to be a god, as the world in general does, for in the acts of a god there is no disorder; nor to be a cause, though an uncertain one, for he believes that no good or evil is dispensed by chance to men so as to make life blessed, though it supplies the starting-point of great good and great evil. He believes that the misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. It is better, in short, that what is well judged in action should not owe its successful issue to the aid of chance.”

** Once again, there was a huge amount of substantive discussion in the group this week. Let’s take the most-commented posts chronologically:

**On August 17 Hiram posted a link to an article on physics about the hunt for the Higgs particle, and it generated LOTS of comment. If you are at all interested in the subject of how an Epicurean might view issues in physics, this is one that you ought to read: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/708405475875082/

** On August 18, Haris continued his series on foundational Epicurean concepts with “the Epicurean Canon of Truth – Emotions Part 1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/708665012515795/ Each of Haris’ posts is well-thought out and draws much comment, and this one was no exception. In an effort to split out one of the issues that was raised, I started this thread on the phrase “with some slight aid from reasoning” in the biography of Epicurus. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/708726785842951/

**On the 18th we also welcomed a new participant, a philosophy professor posting under the name of Phenix Rising: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/708748385840791/

** Another split-off from Haris post was this one on whether “love” is given by the gods. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/708858309163132/

**Also on the 18th was a post shared about a professor giving a lecture on “memes” and the walk-out response she got from her religious students: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/708777665837863/

**On August 20th we added a document to the files section containing both the Forty Authorized Doctrines and the Twelve Fundamental principles of physics: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/709483575767272/

**Also on the 20th Tom linked to a good article on “Would Philosophy help when my father died? https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/709548879094075/
**As a monthly message on the 20th, I posted a discussion of suicide and how philosophy might respond to growing occurrence of it https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/709424105773219/

** Also on the 20th new participant James Peterson posted a question “Is anything good or evil, right or wrong in itself, or is everything up for interpretation?” This generated several answers that I thought were excellent examples of applied Epicurean thinking. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/709573562424940/

** On August 21 Haris posted another installment in his very good series – this one entitled: “The Epicurean Canon of Truth – the Senses” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/709725189076444/

**Also on August 21 Tom posted to a meme about “accepting what is” which generated comment: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/709747862407510/

**The clear winner of this week’s “most discussed award goes to a simple link from Hiram to an article entitled “How Humanistic is Humanism?” The reason this one generated so much discussion, over a VERY wide range of topics, was that it gave us a chance to discuss the similarities and diffences between Epicureanism and Humanism. That opened up many lines of discussion including the role of pleasure, nature vs nurture, and other related topics. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/710366702345626/

** I know I am leaving out some shorter but still substantive posts, but I want to try to keep the length of these manageable.

In closing, please remember that we invite your questions and discussions on any matter relating to ancient or modern Epicureanism, no matter what your level of expertise in asking the question. Even if you are a younger person studying Epicurus for a philosophy class, we invite you to ask your questions here. There is no better way for us to learn more, and have fun doing it, than to discuss Epicurean philosophy issues with new people who are sincerely interested.

Thanks to all who participated this week, and we look forward to another active week ahead.

**OK that’s it for the week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread.

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

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 8/16/2014***

**This is the sixty-eighth 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/ and copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.

**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 352. Last week this time we were 311. We are growing steadily and we welcome all the new participants! If you know others who would like to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, please let them know. In so doing, you can, like Lucian, “strike a blow for Epicurus – that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him!”

**We had another busy weeks with many good topics. Tonight I would like to highlight a video interview that Hiram Crespo gave to a blog entitled theconsciousresistance.com. As I stated in this link, Hiram deserves a *tremendous* amoung of credit for his energy and enthusiam in promoting Epicurus at the SocietyofEpicurus.com, with his book “Tending the Epicurean Garden” and all his work on the internet. This video is another excellent contribution: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706502766065353/

**Hiram also released this month’s edition of the trickily-named “Happy Twentieth” (which comes out several days before the 20th) 😉 Another of Hiram’s regular efforts which is very helpful for sharing news and views of our favorite philosopher. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707399132642383/

**Alan Furth posted a link to an article entitled “Fraternity and its Paths.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/705873252794971/ I thought this was particularly insightful for its comparison of Epicurean and Aristotelian views, and I highly recommend the article and the comments after it on our forum.

**As most of you know, our own Ilkka V. is the host of the “Epicurus” fan page with over 70,000 likes. Ilkka does a great job with the page, and it serves as sort of a “first step” for people who want to check in with Epicurus but who haven’t reached the point of wanting to be involved with our facebook discussion group. This time Ilkka posted a suggestion that people post questions, and he received quite a lot of responses. It would be helpful if the members of our discussion group, who presumably know more about Epicurus than the average man-on-the-street, would monitor the Epicurus page and respond to questions and comments when possible. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/705350356180594/

**As you also know, we have a “pinned” post from Elli at the top of our group asking people to drop us an email if they wish to become members and are not immediately approved. Not many people seem to do that, but I received a nice note from Alice B. this week, so I know it’s possible! Please everyone remember that at this point we have not attempted to “patrol” who reads the group and who doesn’t. We have chosen to keep the group “open” to allow others to see us discuss our favorite philosopher. Just remember that you don’t know who is reading your posts, so be careful and use good judgment about what you write – the world is reading! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706023179446645/

**One of the sadder developments of the week was the tragic story of comedian Robin Williams. Lots of discussion about that, started by Tom M, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706869986028631/

**As a reminder that we have some very talented people in our group, an American whose name will be typed here only as “B.” gave us a recitation of a part of Lucretius: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=309427019237113

**Alexander Rios started a thread on “listing anticipations” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706071469441816/ There are some important observations made in the comments to that thread, so if you are at all interested in this topic, be sure not to miss this one.

** Tom shared a British Humanist Association video on “What should we think about death” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706489142733382/

** Elli shared a link on a significant new tomb discovery in Greece. I don’t gather they have determined the owner, but it seems associated with Alexander: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707436735971956/ Aha! Any mention of Alexander is more than enough reason to share my favorite Vangelis / Ancient Greece / Inspirational music video: BUCEPHALUS 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1J9UueYLNk

** Some of the most interesting material we get posted is some of the most unexpected. After you play the BUCEPHALUS video, be sure to check out this link, which was started by Elli with an excellent graphic. Who in the world is Vicky Leandros and why is she singing an American song standing in a pen full of sheep??? Followed at the end by some kind of explosion???? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204099478310282&set=gm.707346755980954&type=1

** I don’t think the following links nearly measure up to the sheep video, but Hiram posted a question about the word KALE https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707898072592489/ and I posted a question about Voltaire: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707999539249009/ Not nearly as interesting as singing to the sheep!

**Welcome to our new friend Marie Marienett! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707950575920572/ I always appreciate Greeks who write their names in the Latin alphabet that I can type on my American computer keyboard 😉

**OK that’s it for the week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread.

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

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 8/9/2014***

**This is the sixty-seventh 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/ and copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.

**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 311. Last week this time we were 282. Welcome to all the new participants!

** We had another busy and succesful week. There are many interesting posts this week that I will mention, but I would like to highlight several posted by the Admins of our group about their personal experiences in becoming interested in Epicurus, and their hopes and expectations for our facebook group. We have one more yet to post, but it’s good to space them out. All of us have personal stories on why we think Epicurus is important and helpful. The three that were posted this week were:
Elli: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204023786138025&set=gm.702937763088520&type=1
Ilkka: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704353456280284/
Cassius: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/702907546424875/
These are longer posts than normal, but I think give a good indication of the direction we’d like to see the group go and why we are here. We hope to have one from Hiram to add and post in due course.

**On a similar “back to basics” line of thought, I posted under the title “How Do I Most Quickly Learn the Basics of Epicurean Philosophy.” If you’re reading our group then you’ve already found Epicurus by one path or another, and you presumably know something about him. The purpose of this post was to be sure you are aware of the books which are the central part of the “friendly tradition” of analysis of Epicurus, rather than the standard tradition, which is by and large quite unfriendly. In this post I list just a few of the books that I hope everyone will at least glance at to be sure they are aware of the full picture told in the most sympathetic light. You’ll have no problem finding the critical commentators – they are everywhere. This list gives those that explain Epicurean philosophy in a way I think Epicurus would most approve himself. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/702974463084850/

** Several posts were made this week about possible new projects. Marcus C. in particular had a lot to say about this, and posted https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703268693055427/ There is certainly much to be done. There are many secondary text sources that are hard or impossible to find on the internet, and there are various ways to attack this. We haven’t put together a plan yet but I think you’ll find this post interesting.

** One of the most-commented posts of the week was Ilkka’s post about the gods on his Menoeceus blog. I highly recommend this one as an excellent discussion of various interpretations of Epicurus’ theory on divinity. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703318996383730/

** One of our most notable new participants, Charis D., posted on pyschological aspects of Epicurean philosophy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703611333021163/

** Hiram posted to an article by Diskin Clay about the development of the Epicurean communities in the ancient world. Lots of discussion here and some background on Epicurus.info and Epicurus.net, two of our most important Epicurean sites over the last ten years. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703025679746395/

** Another notable new participant is D. Peluso, an archaeologist who has been working in Herculaneaum Elli welcomed him here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204047613453693&set=gm.704396239609339&type=1 Mr. Peluso then posted himself a plan of the villa of the papyri, where the Epicurean library was discovered, at Herculaneum: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=799404213424266&set=gm.704564086259221&type=1 He also posted on the busts themselves: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704562609592702/ And the location where they were uncovered: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=799386046759416&set=gm.704562806259349&type=1

**On that theme I posted to an archive.org page where some very old records of the excavation at Herculaneum can be found: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704597076255922/

**I also posted a link to the only suspected image of Lucretius that survives from the ancient world, at least according to Hugh Munro: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=807641699267971&set=gm.704602599588703&type=1

**On the topic of Hugh Munro, one of the greatest translators of Lucretius in the modern world, I posted a link to Munro’s assessment of Epicurean philosophy vs that of Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704620122920284/

**Charis D. posted to a music video of the song from the Zorba movie, and much interesting discussion followed, especially about the Dionysian aspect: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704683152913981/

**As the week wound down I posted a lengthy article, with the great assistance of Bryan from our group, about the nature of “Anticipations” and “Present Impressions of the Mind,” which is a subject of much dispute. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704876139561349/ I recognize that this appears highly technical, and it is, but for those who have any interest it is a topic that leads to some profound consequences.

** In other links for the week –

** On 8/3 I posted a link to an article on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle by a philosophy professor who says we need to be careful how we interpret it https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/702759483106348/ On a very similar topic, Alexander R. posted on the “multiverse” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704705849578378/

** Hiram posted an article commenting on Philodemus’ “On Methods of Inference” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703072679741695/

** Tom posted on Epicurean-sized homes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703363716379258/

** Hiram posted a question and comment on Nausiphanes’ tripod of truth, which was apparently influential in Epicurus’ development of his “Canon of truth” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703403389708624/

** In a sad but interesting post, Mitja M. posted a link to a rant from someone very sad about the state of the world and his life. We had some good discussion in the comments on this one. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/703230956392534/

** Elli posted a graphic on VS 28 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204038392303170&set=gm.703811126334517&type=1 We had some fun with it because the graphic says it is PD 28, but the text of course is from the Vatican Sayings. We may try some more pop quizes in the future to test that people are reading the texts and getting more familiar with them! 😉

**Andy W. posted on the role of the visionary in philosophy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704079606307669/

**Mark posted a video on transforming consciousness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704382796277350/

** Hiram posted to an article about Max Weber https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/704683152913981/

**OK that’s it for the week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread.

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

***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 8/2/2014***

**This is the sixty-sixth 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/ and copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.
**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 282. Last week this time we were 226. Welcome to all the new participants!
**We’ve had such a busy week that I can’t even find last week’s update on line to decide where to pick up. Again I will have to go with the highlights:

**Probably the most important developments of the week revolved around a new look for the Facebook group and associated discussions about the direction we should go. The former closeup of the Pompeiian “monkey-skull” mosaic was retired from use for the moment, and none too soon for some who thought he was rather ghoulish. Ghoulish or not, that toothy smile provided much opportunity and reminder to discuss the second most important Principal Doctrine (“Death is nothing to us”). There’s a time and place for everything, however, and we’ve changed the mood this week. The threads this week contain several new graphics that might be of use to fans of Epicurus as computer or cell phone desktop backgrounds, and we encourage you to use any of the graphics we post in any way you see fit. The week included a copy of the “Dancing Tetrapharmakon” (aptly named as the dancers were essentially medicine capsules), as well as two versions of a graphic superimposed over the replica of the Villa of the Papyri. The images on those required more than a little explanation, but since one of our objectives is education, that wasn’t so bad, was it? At any rate, we have ended the week on a compromise hopefully suitable to all for at least a while — a full statement of the tetrapharmakon as illustated by our most adorable mascots, the “piglets.” If nothing else, all our group members should now be aware of the numerous real-life associations between Epicurean philosophy and one of Nature’s creature’s that is most unstoppable in its devotion to pleasure and its willingness to ignore “authority”- the pig. Just as over two thousand years ago, if you find the piglet offensive, offputting, or not serious enough to be associated with a philosophy — the best advice is for you to “get a life” and “get a sense of humor!” Links are here (to the final version): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204010908536093&set=oa.702064106509219&type=1
Here (to the Villa versions): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=803850166313791&set=gm.701217213260575&type=1 and https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=802885423076932&set=gm.700376136678016&type=1 and
here: to the dancing tetrapharmakon: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=803839456314862&set=gm.701206979928265&type=1
** All of these should be downloadable in our “photos” section here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/photos/

**Also of importance this week (and probably more important, actually) was that the group “About” statement was updated, along with a “pinned post” with initial information for newcomers. Please take the time to review these when you get a chancce. We’ve already had some discussion about possible revisions of some of these, which is welcome. There are many considerations that go into both of these statements, so if you have questions or comments please give your input to the discussion that has already started. There is no way to satisfy everyone, but we’ll do our best to accomodate within the limits of the purpose of the group. We don’t have a “constitution” or a set of rules beyond what is in these two documents, and we’re not likely to have any. This is FACEBOOK, and it could easily be here-today-gone-tomorrow. Also it is very easy for us to segment the group down into new groups as necessary, and that might eventually be the best answer for those who are more “generalists” rather than being more detail-oriented about the actual teachings of Epicurus. The ABOUT statement is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/700668726648757/

**We also had quite a discussion about whether the group should be “open” or “closed” – the key difference being whether people outside the group who happen by can read the posts, or whether they have to “join” first. We’ve decided for at least the time being to remain “open,” as we like the benefits of other seeing our discussions. We happen to believe that the wisdom of Epicurus and good will to all is a message that is helpful to most everyone. On the other hand, we will continue to urge participants not to post personal information, and be careful with how they conduct themselves. We have participants from all across the world, and customs and attitudes vary widely. As time goes by and we gain more activity, we’ll probably develop other groups that are closed to deal with any special confidentiality issues. In the meantime, being “closed” is probably more of an appearance of safety than actual safety. It is up to you as a participant on Facebook to use good judgment about how and with whom you interact. The open/closed thread discussion is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/701624613219835/

**I am gratified to have gotten some good responses to my post entitled “How Do I Most Quickly Learn the Basics of Epicurean Philosophy.” It contains my thoughts on an initial reading list as discussed here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/701450099903953/

** Hiram pointed out an “Epicurean Books” section on Goodreads: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/700891066626523/

**In a post I PARTICULARLY appreciated, one of our members who has a Greek name I can’t type here posted information about a Roman period epitaph featuring reference to a “Joyously Living Epicurean chorus.” https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=301632220016593&set=gm.701258679923095&type=1 The original post is here, and my blog version to be sure it is findable in the future is here: http://newepicurean.com/keeping-watch-with-the-epicurean-chorus-happily-thriving-and-alive-with-joy/

**Elli posted a graphic with a saying of Metrodorus https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203998552227193&set=gm.701274786588151&type=1 and an illustration of Vatican Saying 14: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203998401063414&set=gm.701265713255725&type=1&theater

**Elli posted a link to a memorial in Greece for Themistocles, which brings to mind the passage of Menander comparing the two “sons of Neocles” – Menander’s famous phrase was a remark on how Themistocles saved his people from slavery while Epicurus saved them from stupidity. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/700753386640291/

** Tom posted a link to a discussion about death that got good conversation going: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/698839823498314/

**I posted a link to a paper on Epicurean logic, which is essentially a summary of the message of Philodemus’ “On Methods of Inference” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/700700776645552/

**I also posted a link to a paper entitled “Chance and Natural Law in Epicureanism.” This is a technical subject but it is a well-written paper that explains a persuasive theory on the place of the swerve in Epicurean philosophy and how it establishes the basis of “free will” without blowing up the eternal nature and predictability of the elements and their combinations in nature. If you are interested in the concepts of “Fate,” Deteminism,” “Chance,” etc, and how they interact with “Natural Law, “this is one article you’ll want to file away and read: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/702081563174140/

**I posted a link to an unfortunately brief review of Hiram Crespo’s excellent new book “Tending the Epicurean Garden” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/700414733340823/

**Hiram posted to “Lucian’s Sale of Lives” dialogue. The website where this resides has most all of Lucian’s dialogues, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. They have both excellent entertainment value and great intellectual content. They come down to us certified with the point of view of a man who praised Epicurus as “that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him.” Don’t miss these at some point in your recommended reading, along with my personal favorite “Hermotimus” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/701627986552831/

**And to close out the update with two posts from early in the week, I posted on “Anticipations” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/699674573414839/

**And more importantly, I posted a copy of an excellent paper by the leader of the Athens’ Garden of Epicurus, Christos Yapijakis, Assistant Professor of Neurogenetics at the University of Athens Medical School Yapijakis, Assistant Professor of Neurogenetics at the University of Athens Medical School. The paper was entitled On The Need For the European Union To Adopt The Epicurean Concept of “Pursuit of Happiness” As A Human Right. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/699084323473864/

** Again I have skipped over much this week, but I want to close by reminding everyone that we are seeing a lot of new people and a lot of new activity on the Forum. Let me repeat the caution I gave last week: There are inevitably going to be some glitches, misunderstandings, and things said which will probably be regretted. Please remember that we are all new at Facebook forum communications, and most of us are also new to Epicureanism. Please give each other the benefit of the doubt and presume comments are benevolent when there is any doubt. If anything gets out of hand, please report it to the moderators and it will be dealt with. Perhaps the hardest thing to do is to calibrate exactly how much spiciness to allow in the debate before things are deemed over the line. Philosophy is a rough and tumble game, but we ask that you keep your descriptions of others as respectful as possible, and that you eliminate profanity and harshness from your posting. This is FACEBOOK. It is intended to be a community of friends, and it is intended to be fun. It is focused on Epicurus and not general philosophy, but we have participants from all over just about every possible political and geographic and philosophical background you care to imagine. We have participants from the political far left to the far right, and just about all increments in between. I am not aware of participants who promote fundamentalist religion, but rest assured that those will come. We will try to be slow to anger and slow to remove offending participants, but please honor the “About” section and be sure that your posts are relevant to Epicurus and made in a good faith effort to discuss his philosophy constructively. Above all, post and act responsibly.

**OK that’s it for the week. Feel free to post any comments in this thread.

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