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Philosophers, thinkers, writers

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. Friedrich Nietzsche

French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre - Photographed by Philippe Halsman (1951).

Jack London, author of Call of the Wild

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Get Drunk - Charles Beaudelaire, 1821–1867

The Evolution of Knowledge Frameworks

David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish philosopher especially known for his philosophical empiricism and skepticism. He was a most important figure in the history of Western philosophy and Scottish Enlightenment. In stark opposition to the rationalists who preceded him, most notably Descartes, Hume believed that desire rather than reason governed human behavior. He argued against the existence of innate ideas, concluding instead that humans have knowledge only of things they directly experience.

John Locke, b 1632 in Somerset England, is known as the Father of Classical Liberalism. He was a philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Locke was first to define self through a continuity of consciousness. He postulated that the mind was a blank slate. Contrary to Cartesian philosophy based on pre-existing concepts, he said that we are born without innate ideas and that knowledge is determined only by experience derived from sense perception.

Epicurus (341–270 BC) was a classical Greek philosopher who taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods neither reward nor punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

On this day 3rd November,1894 Robert Louis Stevenson died, Scottish novelist of Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. He died probably from a brain haemorrhage on the Island of Samoa aged 45

John Howard Griffin (1920 - 1980) Author of the book "Black Like Me", which recounted the author's travels through the racially segregated southern US disguised as a black man

Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi), each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) - American expatriate poet and critic who became a major figure of the early modernist movement. Photo by Richard Avedon

Martin Buber, 20th century existentialist Jewish philosopher, most famous for his book "I and Thou"

Gabriel Honoré Marcel (7 December 1889 – 8 October 1973[1]) was a French philosopher, a leading Christian existentialist, and author of about 30 plays.

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." - Plato

If only the world could meet in the middle.

Anton Chekhov 29 Enero 1860 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Анто́н Па́влович Че́хов, pronounced [ɐnˈton ˈpavləvʲɪt͡ɕ ˈt͡ɕexəf]; 29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian physician, dramaturge and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history.