Just a thought. 11.

"Which is the more pitiful I cannot decide -- being accused because of a friendship, or accusing a friend." Tacitus. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. Oxford World's Classics. Translated by J.C. Yardley. Introduction and notes by Anthony A. Barrett. Oxford University Press Inc.: New York. 2008. (Book Six, Chapter 6, p 182)…

Just a thought. 10.

"Perhaps there is a sort of cycle in all things, with changes of morality coming around again like seasonal changes." Tacitus. The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. Oxford World's Classics. Translated by J.C. Yardley. Introduction and notes by Anthony A. Barrett. Oxford University Press Inc.: New York. 2008. (Book 3, chapter 55, p.…

Just a thought. 9.

Lurking somewhere in the back of our adult brains is every mother’s admonition If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? Don’t blindly follow your friends. Sometimes this warning is made explicit. When I went to university in my 40s, my seventy-five-year-old Dad worried that I would cease to think for myself. And so he gave…

Just a thought. 8.

'Tis not solely in poetry and music, we must follow our taste and sentiment, but likewise in philosophy. -- David Hume. Ed. Ernest C. Mossner. A Treatise of Human Nature. Penguin Classics: New York. 1985 (First published 1739 and 1740). p 153 See also:  Aristotle. We are sensing things. Series 1.1.

Just a thought. 7.

Who said the following: "I wanted to dispel the fictions of hearsay, and to ask people into whose hands my book may come not to prefer widely circulated and eagerly accepted fantasies over truth uncorrupted by sensationalism."* Did you guess Tacitus? Tacitus, the renowned Roman historian, writes these words in the Annals sometime around 117 CE.…

Just a thought. 6.

But no one man’s reason, or the reason of any one number of men makes the certainty, no more than an account is therefore well cast up, because a great many men have unanimously approved it. (Hobbes, 28) Part : 1, Chapter 5; Paragraph 3 (Right reason where.) Thomas Hobbes. J.C.A. Gaskin, Ed. Leviathan. (1651) Oxford World's Classics.…

Just a thought. 4.

With the little bit of free time I've had this summer, I've been organizing files on my computer. In the process, I've been reading through some projects I've had shelved. The following paragraph is an excerpt from a larger project -- on belief acquisition -- and I thought it should stand on its own as…

Just a thought. 3.

"Seldom are men blessed with times in which they may think what they like, and say what they think." (Hume, 32-33) Today's thought is a quote that originates with Tacitus, the great Roman historian who lived in the first century CE. This quote, translated as follows, appears in Latin on the title page of the first…