On Immersive Storytelling

The classification of humans into the category of “storytelling animals” was popularized by mythographer Joseph Campbell (the brilliant author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, who mentored George Lucas during the making of Star Wars), and before him by the father of psychotherapy, Carl Jung. Clearly, we are much more than storytelling creatures, but …

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Philodemus and Lucretius on Death

The Halloween season is upon us, and I thought I’d share a selection of Epicurean literature with teachings concerning death, which are much more varied than most people realize. All are commentaries on the second Principal Doctrine, which says: Death is nothing to us; for what has disintegrated lacks awareness, and what lacks awareness is …

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