***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 11/22/2014***

**This is the eighty-second in a series of weekly reports on news from the world of Epicurean Philosophy. Our home base for discussion is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts, and links to active Epicurean websites, are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.

**As of tonight, our group has grown to 1030. Last week this time we were 991. Thanks to everyone, especially our most recent members, for helping us break the 1,000 mark. We continue to grow steadily, and we welcome all participants and lurkers. We are here to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, have fun, and in the words of 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!”

**As we announced last week, we memorialized the one-thousand mark by honoring one of our members who composed a particularly good “What Epicurus Means to Me” statement. Check out the thread here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747092095339753/q
The winners selected to receive a gift of the “tea of Olympus” were Alexander Rios and Kirsti Honkaavaara.

Alexander wrote: “With Epicurean Philosophy’s Canon: I save my soul. I rescue myself. I dispel unwarranted fear. I multiply my pleasure. I reduce my pains. I feel myself living. I defend myself from evil men. I smile. I laugh at Fate and Fortune!”

Kirsti wrote: “Epicurus makes me believe in friendship, enjoy life in the present moment and (hopefully) helps me to face death without fear.”

We want to thank everyone who submitted responses, including several new people who commented for the first time (or nearly so), such as Wayne W. Aristotelis KK, Kris P., George Henry S., Loudovic F., Rafe Covington, and Christoper L.

This was our first “contest” and we’ll work on doing another as soon as we can. The contest served as a good excuse for the Admins to caucus using Skype. That worked out very well, and we’ll see if we can’t find other opportunities to hold mini-meetings or online conferences using Skype or something similar (such as Livestream).

In addition to our contest, we had another active week of discussion:

** Hiram posted a link to an article entitled “The Doublet as a Technique for Making Philosophy Tangible” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747064545342508/

**I released a new “table of contents and finding aid” for “A Few Days in Athens.” Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747090705339892/ Hiram commented about it in a separate thread here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/748349618547334/ (NOTE: Hiram is working on a translation of AFDIA into Spanish, which will be a tremendous boon to spreading the word of Epicurus to new parts of the world.)

**Julia O. posted a link to an article on “the present moment” as a philosophical concept. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747835578598738/

**Michael C. posted a link to a comedian who poses as Marcus Aurelius. Be warned, this is pure stoicism, but it’s pretty funny if you know the Stoic positions and don’t get confused into thinking they make sense! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747441645304798/

**Alexander R. posted a link to a new physics article on subatomic particles. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/748232071892422/

**This week contained the twentieth of the month, and in honor of that I posted about Thomas Jefferson’s own personal outline of Epicurean thought. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/748640891851540/

**The Friends of Herculaneum society posted some new photos this week, and we shared them in the group along with comments on several of the statues: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747547445294218/

**Winner of the “Longest Thread of the Week” award goes to a thread on –Care to Guess???? — Yes, that’s right — DETERMINISM! 😉 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/747110055337957/ If you aren’t burned out on this topic you might want to check this thread, as it contains articulate statements of both Epicurean and non-Epicurean positions.

**Elli posted today on the story of Thesmopolis the Stoic, as told by Lucian. Most readers of this news update know that Lucian was a strong admirer of Epicurus, so as you might expect, Thesmopolis does not come out too well in the story! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204791451089169&set=gm.749499471765682&type=1

**Hiram asked for – and received – graphic design assistance with making a “Society of Epicurus” logo in Spanish https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152479240750267&set=gm.749475318434764&type=1

**Yiannis T. posted a link to an article on a “Visual Dictionary” of major schools of thought. It’s not clear that the article contained references to all the schools referenced in the underlying “dictionary”, but they did not bother to include Epicurean philosophy in the article. The link provided an opportunity to discuss why Epicurus is often overlooked. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/748371555211807/

**OK that’s all for this 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 world of Epicurean Philosophy by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com

PEACE AND SAFETY!

Cassius Amicus

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