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  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by tukka
    +20 +4

    An Ancient Greek Philosopher Was Exiled for Claiming the Moon Was a Rock, Not a God

    Close to the north pole of the moon lies the crater Anaxagoras, named for a Greek philosopher who lived in the fifth century B.C. The eponym is fitting, as Anaxagoras the man was one of the first people in history to suggest the moon was a rocky body, not all too dissimilar from Earth.

  • Image
    6 days ago
    by Maternitus
    +9 +3

    Plato

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by tukka
    +33 +15

    'A Clockwork Orange' Follow-Up Found in Burgess Archives

    A literature professor at Manchester Metropolitan University recently unearthed a legendary manuscript: a 200-page work titled The Clockwork Condition by A Clockwork Orange’s Anthony Burgess. Don’t get too excited, Droog lovers. Colin Dwyer at NPR reports that Condition is not a sequel to the cult novel, but rather a meditation on the “condition of modern man” that was to be structured similarly to Dante’s Inferno. The manuscript was also something of a cash grab. After the release and success of Stanley Kubrick’s film version of book in 1971, a publisher reached out to Burgess...

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +14 +7

    A God Problem

    If you look up “God” in a dictionary, the first entry you will find will be something along the lines of “a being believed to be the infinitely perfect, wise and powerful creator and ruler of the universe.” Certainly, if applied to non-Western contexts, the definition would be puzzling, but in a Western context this is how philosophers have traditionally understood “God.” In fact, this conception of God is sometimes known as the “God of the Philosophers.”

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +15 +3

    Law of Life: The Belief that we Exist

    Existing is merely the thought of a memory that encapsulates the belief that we exist. One of the greatest misconceptions we are fooled into believing is that objects and specific arrangements alike have substantial meaning. It is easy to imagine the concept of an empty painting, but a painting of a flower becomes a concept to which a subject belongs. The subject is the flower and cannot — unlike the painting – exist without the other.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +17 +3

    Magic and the Machine — Emergence Magazine

    Reflecting on our undying urge to recreate a primal experience of intimacy with the surrounding world, David Abram offers notes on technology and animism in an age of ecological wipeout.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +11 +3

    The Communitarian Revival - Quillette

    “Man,” wrote Aristotle more than 2,300 years ago, “is a political animal.” Today, that seems particularly evident. The proliferation of mass social movements, the ever-present yet democratized nature of contemporary political commentary on social media, the 24 hour news cycle, and our penchant for politicizing everything all lend prima facie support to the idea that humans are helplessly activist. But Aristotle was not simply observing that we are inherently drawn towards boycotts, protests, and culture wars. He meant that we are strongly inclined towards social connection. People need collective commitment, not just individual...

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by zritic
    +21 +7

    How fascism works

    “Fascism” is a word that gets tossed around pretty loosely these days, usually as an epithet to discredit someone else’s politics. One consequence is that no one really knows what the term means anymore. Liberals see fascism as the culmination of conservative thinking: an authoritarian, nationalist, and racist system of government organized around corporate power. For conservatives, fascism is totalitarianism masquerading as the nanny state.

  • Analysis
    7 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +9 +4

    Calling Bullshit

    Bullshit. By David Egan.

  • Expression
    7 months ago
    by rexall
    +33 +10

    The Case for Mediocracy

    by Thomas R. Wells Suppose a company wants to fill a job. They would advertise it together with the requirements for any successful candidate. HR would screen out all the applicants not good enough to do the job and everyone e Perhaps you…

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +13 +6

    When Boredom Becomes Stagnation: The Importance of Occupying the Mind

    What is boredom? What does it mean to have nothing to do? For many of us, the feeling of boredom is associated with being young, newspapers and magazines carry stories about the importance of boredom to stimulate creativity – the rise of the smart phone is, apparently, a threat to us all (although I am sure they said that about television as well…). But what happens when boredom turns into stagnation? When life stretches out behind, and ahead, with few opportunities to progress, gain experiences or make choices? What happens when you have served decades in prison?

  • Expression
    6 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +16 +5

    Do we need to hide who we are to speak freely in the era of identity politics?

    Three academics are launching a new journal in which arguments can be made anonymously. But is separating ideas from their authors the best way forward? Jeff McMahan is a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford University. He’s a snowy-haired American, originally from South Carolina, and he works in a large, dark oak-panelled, and not very warm study in Corpus Christi college. It’s a room with an illustrious past.

  • Expression
    6 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +15 +4

    Minds, Machines and Magic

    We think creativity is a uniquely mysterious force. But with Google's Magenta producing musical symphonies, some fear AI threatens to make the imagination redundant. Is human creativity no more than mechanics? Will AI transform and enrich the human experience? Can robots be creative? Or is there something strange about creative thought that separates humans and machines?

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by TNY
    +8 +3

    Hannah Arendt On Why It's Urgent To Break Your Bubble

    In the current political climate of populism and xenophobia, it is tempting to simply close the door and withdraw from public affairs. Indeed, there is a pervading sense that there is no alternative to our polarised politics, neoliberal capitalism and corruption. Pleas for solidarity among nation-states seem to be easily overshadowed by resentment towards foreigners and nostalgia for lost national glory. And yet, it is precisely such retreat into the private realm that Hannah Arendt warned against during the 20th century.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by mariogi
    +18 +3

    Why it is better not to aim at being morally perfect

    ‘I am glad,’ wrote the acclaimed American philosopher Susan Wolf, ‘that neither I nor those about whom I care most’ are ‘moral saints’. This declaration is one of the opening remarks of a landmark essay in which Wolf imagines what it would be like to be morally perfect. If you engage with Wolf’s thought experiment, and the conclusions she draws from it, then you will find that it offers liberation from the trap of moral perfection.

  • Expression
    6 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +15 +3

    Holding Hands with a Chimp

    How my suburban-hewn world-view was flipped on its head. By Jesse Bering.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by zritic
    +22 +5

    We need to rethink our moral obligations to create a better world

    Our collective overuse and misuse of antibiotics is accelerating resistance to these universal drugs, leaving people increasingly vulnerable to infections that can no longer be treated. This applies not only to the use of antibiotics in human medicine, but also in animal industries. Antibiotic resistance is an example of a collective action problem. These are problems where what is individually rational leads to a collectively undesirable outcome.

  • Analysis
    5 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +16 +4

    Can There Be Belief Without Language?

    We can wonder about what others are thinking or feeling without ever hearing them say a word. My toddler holds an empty ice cream cone, looking despondently at a melting ball of goo on the ground. It is obvious that she is sad she lost her treat. An orangutan brushes his head with a leaf, then hands the leaf to a human caregiver.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +3

    Before Logic, There Was Magic: The Ultimate Mystery Of The Universe Has Been SOLVED!

    For this exercise to work, we need to establish a couple of ground rules. First, drop your logic defense. That’s the exercise. Then, consider that everything that the mind could possibly imagine … has indeed occurred. If time and space are one, we will one day be able to revisit the realms of what we call our “imagination.”

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by Chubros
    +19 +4

    Work out your existential anxieties at a philosophy marathon this weekend

    This weekend, French cultural institutes are sponsoring free intellectual rave parties in 65 cities across five continents. The Night of Philosophy and Ideas (La Nuit de la Philosophie et des Idées), which started as a small gathering among intellectuals in Paris in 2012, has become a global festival devoted to deep thinking.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by bradd
    +18 +5

    Depression as Loss of Value

    You wander through life as if half-awake, time passing by. Activities you used to enjoy are now trite, exhausting, and empty of meaning. You feel alienated from others, who now seem far away, belonging to an inaccessible, alternate world where happiness is still possible. You are pushed further into the dark, hateful place inside yourself, where your thoughts– abusive, apathetic, and pessimistic– swirl relentlessly: I hate myself, it’s all pointless, I want to die. From where you are, there seems to be no hope, no relief, no escape. You are depressed.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +2

    Can Stoicism Make Us Happy?

    Can Stoicism teach us how to live? A lot of people seem to think so. They identify as “modern Stoics,” a movement that has gained traction over the past two decades, with thousands of members now congregating online and off to practice a self-help version of the philosophical life. They include athletes, military officers, CEOs, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and writers like The New Yorker’s Elif Batuman, who described in a 2016 feature for the magazine how the Stoic philosopher Epictetus helped her cope with a long-distance relationship and sneaky taxi drivers in Turkey.

  • Analysis
    4 months ago
    by b1ackbird
    +14 +4

    What Buddhism Teaches About Self and No-Self

    Buddhist teachings often speak about the concept of self and no-self. It can be a challenge to understand but is fundamental to spiritual practice.

  • Analysis
    4 months ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +3 +2

    3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked

    The life choices that had led me to be sitting in a booth underneath a banner that read “Ask a Philosopher" – at the entrance to the New York City subway at 57th and 8th – were perhaps random but inevitable.

  • Expression
    4 months ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +16 +7

    Thoreau on How to Use Civil Disobedience to Advance Justice

    “Truth always rests with the minority,” the great Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard wrote in his diary in 1846 as he contemplated the individual vs. the crowd and why we conform, “because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion.”

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by hedman
    +12 +2

    The Most Interesting Philosophy Theories And Thoughts of All Time

    Philosophy is a profoundly interesting subject. Often many people have little to no understanding of what the subject actually is, and don’t realise how influential it has been on numerous aspects of their lives. Ever come across the question “if a tree falls in a forest and there’s nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Well that annoyingly difficult question was sprung out of the philosophical notion of Idealism.

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by zobo
    +20 +2

    What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?

    Contrary to popular belief, not all philosophers are nerds. Nor are all nerds philosophers. I am living proof of that, since I was a nerd long before I was a philosopher. I played Dungeons & Dragons, I got good grades, I edited the school newspaper and was on the debate team. Imagine one of the kids from Stranger Things, but not heroic.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +7 +1

    Science and Philosophy

    With this quote, a group of philosophers and scientists (Laplane et al. 2019) recently opened a joined article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in which they were arguing that scientists are wrong to think that philosophy has no role to play in science. To the contrary, they are outlining “Why science needs philosophy”, inspiring the very creation of this blog.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by junglman
    +4 +1

    Secretly seduced by science, Hasidic atheists lead a double life

    The moment Solomon lost his faith, he was standing on the D train, swaying back and forth with its movement as if in prayer. But it wasn’t a prayer book that the young law student was reading – he had already been to synagogue, where he had wrapped himself in the leather thongs that bound him to Orthodox Judaism, laying phylacteries and reciting the prayers three times daily.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +16 +3

    Is Superintelligence Impossible? | Edge.org

    To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +12 +3

    The End Of Empathy

    Militia leader Ammon Bundy, famous for leading an armed standoff in Oregon, had a tender moment in November of last year. He recorded a Facebook post saying that perhaps President Trump's characterization of the migrant caravan on the U.S.-Mexico border was somewhat broad. Maybe they weren't all criminals, he said. "What about those who have come here for reasons of need?"

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wildcat
    +4 +1

    Do not weep for your dead: how to mourn as the Stoics did

    Imagine you are at a child’s funeral. The child is yours. The air is numb with silence. An ache so deep you can barely breathe moves through you, until it bursts and you cry out loud. Somebody passes a tissue; another rests his hand on your shoulder. In time, your eyes run out of tears. But now there is a hole in your heart in the shape of a child, and it feels like it will never heal. Maybe it shouldn’t, you think to yourself. You lost a child. This stays with you. It’s supposed to stay with you. How should we grieve when someone close to us dies? Should we wail and gnash our teeth? Should we swallow our pain?

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by Bluesky2705
    +4 +1

    The music of all time is a duet between order and disorder – Alan Lightman | Aeon Essays

    The cosmos sings order, and it also sings disorder. We human beings seek predictability, and we also yearn for the new. Embrace these necessary contradictions, say Bohr and the Confucians.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by TNY
    +10 +3

    What Germans Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

    The people of Germany, with their reputation for having an industrial-strength work ethic, may not spring to mind as the happiest or healthiest people around. Yes, Germans are better known for their beer and brats than their wellness rituals. But at the same time, with their unique ways to relax, unplug, enjoy nature, and tap into the wisdom of their rich traditions, Germans have lot to teach the rest of the world about living the good life.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by ladyliberty
    +9 +1

    Why we should actually build the Death Star

    In January of this year, the White House responded to a not-entirely-serious petition to build a Death Star, a huge moon-sized battle station armed with planet-destroying laser cannons depicted in the original Star Wars trilogy.