***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREAN PHILOSOPHY – 1/31/2015***

** This is the ninety-first 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 1390. Last week this time we were 1367. We continue to grow steadily, and we welcome all participants and lurkers. If you apply to participate and don’t receive a reply promptly, please send an email to an admin about your interest in the group. We have been intentionally slowing down the approvals of new profiles when we can’t tell from the basic info whether the profile is a real person with real interest in Epicurus, or a spambot. (There IS a difference!) If you want to participate and are not approved immediately, don’t hesitate to send an email to one of the admins. 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!”

** Most-Commented Post of the Week was Hiram’s post to an article entitled “Epicurus and Kinkade” which discusses how the ideas of Epicurus might be incorporated into future about utopian communities. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/781019758613653/ The comments in this thread had a lot of good discussion about the extent of our actual knowledge about the way the Epicurean garden functioned. Closely related to the same topic was a post by Leonard M with a link to a page from the PhilosophersMail website. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/781890601859902/ These are important discussions because they bridge the gap between ancient theory and how we live today.

**In other posts:

**The Epicurus page launched details of the February portion of “An Epicurean Year” project https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/781950671853895/ This one did not get as much comment as it deserved — I hope we will come back to this idea repeatedly over the coming weeks.

**Hiram linked to an article on how friendship is good for the heart https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/780303612018601/

**Hiram linked to another article on progress in deciphering the Herculaneum scrolls: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/780207732028189/

***Hiram linked to an announcement of his new paperback edition of “A Few Days In Athens” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/780705645311731/

*Hiram linked to “An Epicurean Feast for the Mind – A Yoga-Flavored Life” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/780859541963008/

*Dragan N linked to a good meme: “Straight raods do not make skillful drivers” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/781229831925979/

*Steve K linked to new high-resolution pictures of the Andromeda galaxy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/780155272033435/

*Gabriel B. started a thread that ended up being a discussion of the nature of good and evil. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/781698648545764/

**Hiram linked (in fun) to the “Tweet from God” page https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/782747655107530/

**And as the week came to a close Dragan N found a quote from Plato which has some Epicurean overtones: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/782764388439190/
**All in all it was another good week. Thanks to one and all for your participation. 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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