“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle (the reviewer’s favourite Aristotle quote)

“John Russon is one of the best phenomenologists in contemporary philosophy. He uses the phenomenological method to cast light on some of the most important issues in our lives. In this book, Russon offers a sensitive description of what it is like to navigate the world as an adult, displaying the ways in which adulthood involves a development of our relations with the world, one another, and ourselves. In doing so, he allows us to see afresh the ways in which our lives unfold over time.” – Todd May

In the appendix of the book, Russon writes: “This book, Adult Life, completes the Human Life trilogy, begun in Human Experience (2003) and continued in Bearing Witness to Epiphany (2009). Like those works, it is not intended as a work of academic scholarship but as a traditional form of philosophical reflection. As such, it relies not on specialized knowledge but on insight, reasoning, and the evidence of experience, all of which are resources that any reasonably well-informed and reasonably self-reflective reader can in principle bring to it.”

In other words, the book is one that non-philosophers will benefit from reading – it requires no special philosophical training to understand the journey – much like life itself.

Read Bob’s review.

Comments welcome.

Remember Alan Watts

Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a speaker of over 400 talks and wrote 25 books in his lifetime, most concerning eastern thought and philosophy. He was was profoundly influenced by the East Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism, and by Taoist thought, which is reflected in Zen poetry and the arts of China and Japan. Alan Watts taught at the Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco, and gave regular radio talks on KPFA, the Berkeley free radio station. In 1957, he published his bestselling Way of Zen which started his rise in popularity. He was an early subject in pioneering psychedelic trials, and, after recording two seasons of the public television series Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, traveled to Japan several times and became a foremost interpreter of Eastern thought for the West.

From Yale

This week at Yale Environment 360, Canadian journalist and author Ed Struzik writes about a little-known impact of the steadily increasing number of wildfires around the globe: the threat to drinking water supplies and freshwater ecosystems. Struzik explains that as wildfires become more frequent and destructive in a warming world, they are leaving in their wake debris and toxic runoff that can do significant damage to watersheds. Some municipalities, Struzik writes, are even having to upgrade their water treatment methods to counter the new danger.

Edward Struzik

Edward Struzik has been writing about scientific and environmental issues for more than 30 years. A fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolades include the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. In 1996 he was awarded the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and spent a year at Harvard and MIT researching environment, evolutionary biology, and politics with E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin. His 2015 book, Future Arctic, focuses on the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic and the impacts they will have on rest of the world. His other books include Arctic Icons, The Big Thaw, and Northwest His He is an active speaker and lecturer, and his work as a regular contributor to Yale Environment 360 covers topics such as the effects of climate change and fossil fuel extraction on northern ecosystems and their inhabitants. He is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well-being of northern Canada and its peoples. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Read his report.


Art Battle Nanaimo
University Edition
Art Battle Nanaimo is stoked to be heading to VIU for a special University Edition!

Come watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Champion as 16 incredible artists battle the clock & each other in a live painting competition!

4 Universities / 16 Painters / 3 Rounds / 1 Winner!
Students and faculty, past and present, of VIU, UVIC, Camosun, and NIC! What is Art Battle?
Art Battle is live competitive painting event. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process.

The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home.
Our VIU art students have been confirmed and meeting refining their skills for the upcoming event. Buy your ticket soon and come out to support them!
When:  Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where:  Malaspina Theatre Foyer, Bldg. 310, Nanaimo Campus

Tickets for the event:
$20 General Admission ( ends October 12th )
$15 Early Bird ( ends October 5th )
$15 Students (with ID) ( ends October 12th )
$15 Seniors ( ends October 12th )
Please note that the theatre foyer has a capacity of 150 people. Art Battle held downtown Nanaimo last year sold out fast.
This event will have a live DJ, host bar, and snacks.
Art Battle Nanaimo is a 19+ event.

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If you have further question please contact Susanne Grundison at:

Consider . . .

John Dominic Crossan

“”Just because the Bible says “Jesus is the Lamb of God,” it doesn’t follow that Mary had a little lamb.”

“…The classical mind says, that’s only a story, but the modern mind says, there’s only story.”

: “The ultimate limit is that human beings cannot get outside of story; we can get outside of particular stories, or particular forms of stories, but not outside of story as such. The world in which we live is a narrative world, created by and in our stories.”


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The truth about stories is – that’s all we are. – Thomas King Massey Lectures 2003