Professional Philosophy is over 3000 years old, but amateur Philosophy is as old as time. I fell in love with the subject at high school and soon headed out to University to dedicate myself to studying it in depth. That is a decision I have never regretted as my University years were a time of great learning and exploring the hundreds of books on this subject. I coined the following quote about the meaning of Philosophy:

Philosophy is not about having all the answers, it is about having a better understanding of the questions.

Analysis, rational thought and that ability to step back and ask “why?”. These are all skills the modern world is in dire need of. It is where we often find that we do things and really we don’t even know why we do them. It is here that we discuss and debate, here that ideas are thrown in the crucible and melted down to core concepts, steeled and ready to be beaten into the new.

Chan Buddhism, Daoism and Zen – Journey through the East

Writing an article about Zen is almost a contradiction in terms. That is unless I simply leave the rest of it blank…

Just a finger, […]

The Purpose of Travel

We often take arriving at the destination to be the purpose of travel. Taken in this way the journey itself is not the point, […]

The Hidden Context in some Great Movies

I love the cinema and movies. I also make films myself. What stared as a simple passion for the action and adventure in films has […]

On the nature of art, a definition

"Art is that human endeavour which illuminates the contiguous nature of reality. Momentarily breaking us free from our illusion that the Universe has a dual nature." Writes Basho. Find out why...

Physics versus Philosophy, can these two not get along?

The idea for this article came to me when I was listening to some Gorecki on my iPad while heading home on the train. I […]

Inside the behavior of the UK looters, why do they make such bad choices?

The recent riots got me philosophically thinking and the following analysis is the results of those thoughts. Much of the behavioural science is from the […]

The Running Man : My Gym Routine

Following on from last weeks’ EDC post, here is the list of what I take to the Gym. Notes: As the great Eddie Izzard said, […]

Announcing: is now open

Dear all,

Announcing the opening of a new Basho website!
I have been writing reviews of books on this site for something like 5 years, also […]

Stephen Hawking – “The Grand Design” book review by Basho

I’m an avid reader of New Scientist magazine. In fact I get it every week. The headline will usually be about something “quantum” or allude […]

A Sudden Dawn: Book Review

The story of a simple Buddhist priest travelling from India to China in the 5th Century doesn’t sound like something that would make for an interesting novel, […]

What is Daoism/Taoism?

Before we start I should add a caveat to this article: I am a philosopher and a Daoist.  As such, I suppose, I am […]

What is consciousness? Is it the “self”? Is it “me”? Basho argues no!

You are in possession of the one of the universe’s most mysterious objects. Your personal copy of this object differs in function only slightly from […]

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ : Book Review

The first line of Philip Pullman’s novel reads: This is the story of Jesus and his brother Christ, of how they were born, how they […]

The Harsh Judge

For most martial artists, being mugged in broad daylight is an unlikely occurrence. Fit, aware and confident looking people do not make inviting targets. However, […]

Is the Insanity Defence Itself Insane?

As with my first article expounding my political thoughts, philosophical views and religious methods, a reader has kindly taken the time to compose a question […]

Killing for Pleasure?

This post is a break from the normal schedule. It is a corollary to the “Philosophy Bites?” post a few days ago. I am going […]

Philosophy Bites? (Killing in War)

I regularly listen to the podcast Philosophy Bites presented by Nigel Warburton. In each episode, a new and interesting topic is raised with a guest […]

Nick Griffin on Question Time, a liberal view

Last night, Question Time: the BBC’s ‘political debate’ show, invited the leader of the BNP onto the panel. This caused a lot of furore in […]

Life Stories 1 : I had a hamster

My hamster teaches me a valuable life lesson...


My answer to this question posted on Yedda,

Do we have a freewill?
Do you think mankind has a freewill? Is everything predefined or do […]