Side Project

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What is project: fly-bottle?

project: fly-bottle is a personal side project that started in 2015. It is a weekly newsletter dedicated to making philosophy accessible to everyone. In each issue, philosophical concepts are broken down into bite-sized pieces and related to questions or topics that occur in everyday life. Check out the archive and you’ll see quotes, explanations, GIFs, recent news articles, comics, and more!

Conversations and dialogue are a big part of the philosophical journey. To support deeper discussions, there is a Facebook group that is open to anyone who wants to participate in a respectful exchange of ideas. You’re welcome to join even if you don’t subscribe to the newsletter 🙂

To supplement the weekly newsletter, there is also a blog and a Facebook Page! ‘Like’ it for a regular stream of thought-provoking articles and ideas.

Find out more about the different initiatives here.

The fly-bottle community has been extremely supportive and passionate, and we currently organise ad-hoc coffee sessions in Singapore. Interested in popping by one of our meetups? We’d be happy to have you! Please drop me a message through the Facebook Page, or click ‘Respond’ to any email issue of project: fly-bottle to find out when our next meetup is.

Why are you doing this?

In the previous chapter of my professional life, I taught Philosophy to 13-16 year olds. Before that, I tutored undergraduates in an introductory philosophy course. Those experiences taught me many things. From scaffolding my students’ learning of complex ideas, to the importance of clear, precise thinking, it became clear to me that everyone can benefit from some philosophical investigation here and there. It was also humbling to watch 14 year-olds debate challenging issues, such as the ethics of euthanasia. Frankly, I miss it.

I jumped at the chance to begin this project when different friends and acquaintances approached me to teach them more about philosophy. I found that there is a real interest in the discipline, but many people don’t know where to begin. ‘Philosophy’ can be a pretty daunting word, and when you layer on the jargon that many of the available resources use, it can appear impenetrable.

Hence, project: fly-bottle was born.

How do you come up with each issue?

I keep a document with all the ideas that come my way and am open to suggestions from anyone! Have a topic or theme you’d like to see? Feel free to tweet at me, drop a message through the Facebook Page, or click ‘Respond’ to any email issue of project: fly-bottle. I’d love to hear from you.

project: fly-bottle is built and sent out through mailchimp,  quote images are free for sharing on social media and are built on either Pablo by Buffer or Canva, social sharing is supported by Buffer, quirkiness and general geekiness are entirely my fault 🙂 If you have questions about any of these tools, I’d be happy to chat!

The newsletter and community is a work-in-progress and feedback is always welcome. If you have any observations or ideas, you know where to find me! — Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

So, what is philosophy?

The term ‘philosophy‘ comes from the Greek word ‘philosophia (φιλοσοφία)’, which literally means ‘love (philo) of wisdom (sophia)’. Of course, not all of philosophy comes from ancient Greece, but this name captures the spirit of the discipline and its students — the pursuit of wisdom stemming from a deep yearning to understand.

Philosophy begins with wonder. From questions about what is right, to what the nature of color is, to examinations about how we ought to justly distribute resources — there’s nothing under the sun that hasn’t been subject to some sort of philosophical inquiry.

The point of it all is simply to understand.



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