Feeding (5): Epistemological conclusion

Do we have to choose between contradictory analyses? A recurring problem handicaps philosophical analysis: teleological and ontological views are contradictory. They describe competing cases. If it’s genetics, it can’t be psychology. If it’s culture, it can’t be biology. Etc. The contradiction arises from an epistemology that is too horizontal: the different views are deciphered, compared, … Read more

Feeding (4): Immiscible memes

A microcosm of good size In Oceanian mythologies, the human body is the microcosm of the divine macrocosm. More representative if we give it space? The strong build is particularly appreciated by Polynesians, who engaged in ritual fattening (ha’apori). The elder children were locked in the shade in huts and fed abundantly until they made … Read more

Feeding (3): Somma

Is there a brain? That there is a nervous system, that’s for sure, and it extends through the whole body. It concentrates remarkably in the skull. Crossroads and cells multiply there. But there remains, for the most part, a vast network of connected fibers. The key element of the nervous system is not the neuron … Read more

Hospital: the great existential void

Stagnation of meaning? No cash value Willingly critical debater of our friends at Philosophie Magazine, I must today sing the praises of Octave Larmagnac-Matheron for his remarkable article on the crisis of the public hospital. Everything is there. Based on the foresight of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, Octave remarkably clarifies the “loss of meaning”, … Read more

Moral (2): biotechnology and precaution – The temporal dimension

Eradicate all traces of smallpox? The smallpox virus still exists in 2 known labs, one American and one Russian. Should we make all traces of its existence disappear? Does the devastation that a life form has caused in humans justify its total and definitive eradication? Could it redeem itself one day, manipulated wisely? Difficult ethical … Read more

"Cancer cures neuroses"

Why do serious illnesses or accidents have this ability, frequently, to straighten the mind, to make it resume its proper functioning? The temporal dimension of the person reappears. Instead of being a perpetual present in the process of succeeding one another, existence once again provides it with a beginning, middle and end. The mind, lazily … Read more

PROvax or ANTIvax?

Why this insoluble conflict?Anarchy or democracy?Individual versus collective interestThe defensible arguments of the antivaxCollective, individual, and curative preventionShouldn’t the crowd self-contain?Is herd immunity just a challenge?Some lesser-known provax arguments Why this insoluble conflict? Difficult debate with the hardening of the parties. However, it is not the same type of radicalization: individual in antivax, ” I … Read more