Suggested readings, #23

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Emotionally extreme experiences, not just “positive” or “negative” experiences, are more meaningful in life. (Though that depends on one’s conception of meaning, I should think.) (Scientific American)

The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. A new guns case reveals that the once-noble institution has died, and we’re left working with its corpse. (Atlantic)

Should work be passion, or duty? Too many of us expect our jobs to give meaning to our lives. There is a better way. (New York Times)

The delusion of scientific omniscience. As time passes, the claim that science can comprehend everything looks increasingly nutty. (Scientific American)

Can our self-conscious minds save us from our selfish selves? (Aeon)

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Suggested readings, #22

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Silicon Valley’s Secret Philosophers Should Share Their Work. Tech giants must stop hiring philosophers as pawns, and allow them to make sense of the world tech is molding. (Wired)

Why race science is on the rise again. (Guardian)

Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves? Clusters of living brain cells are teaching scientists about diseases like autism. With a new finding, some experts wonder if these organoids may become too much like the real thing. (New York Times)

Philosopher-Kings In The Kingdom of Ends. On why democracy needs philosopher-citizens. (Philosophy Now)

The problems with online ‘debate me’ culture. Donna Zuckeberger makes several good points. But she absolutely had to make a couple of misguided digs at Stoicism, didn’t she? (Washington Post)

Suggested readings, #21

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Happiness, death & the remainder of life — a little thought experiment. (Philosophy Now)

Quantum Darwinism may (or may not) be the solution to the problem of bridging the gap between quantum and classical physics. One thing for sure, though, contra this article, it has nothing to do with Darwinism. (Quanta Magazine)

Peter Singer pushes back against Jonathan Haidt’s claim that there is no point in teaching moral philosophy. The push, however, is far too gentle, as there are huge flaws in both Haidt’s data and his reasoning. (Korea Herald)

Suggested readings, #20

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

“And the prize for speculation goes to…” How physics went down a post-empirical dead end. Theoretical physicists who devised a theory for which there is no evidence have received a $3m award. Why is this not surprising? (Prospect Magazine)

Why Philosophers Shouldn’t Sign Petitions. Our job – says the author – is to persuade by argument, not by wielding influence. But I think she doesn’t know what petitions are for. They are not arguments meant at persuading. (New York Times)

How quantitative thinking shaped our worldview. (OUP Blog)

Debunking debunked. Secular modernity requires the weeding out of all the baloney. Yet it’s not clear that we are any less credulous than before. (Aeon)

Mocking Nature. Whereby the author brings a Green perspective to discussions of religious insult. Not sure I buy it, but here it is. (Philosophy Now)

Suggested readings, #19

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Late in life, Thoreau became a serious Darwinist. But he died before he could finish his book on natural history. As Emerson put it, Thoreau “depart[ed] out of Nature before … he has been really shown to his peers for what he is.” (Longreads)

Hell is other people, on the internet. Are we having fun, or are we in a hell where we’re merely communicating, learning too little too quickly, melting our brains into the abyssal portal? (The Baffler)

Quantum supremacy is coming. It won’t change the world. If quantum computers are to help solve humanity’s problems, they will have to improve drastically. (The Guardian)

The 10 ancient classics every student should read. As students we’re buried in reading and assignments. But if you want to increase your knowledge, get out your comfort zone and entertain yourself, the original Classics aren’t a bad place to start. (The Independent)

Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser. (Aeon)

Suggested readings, #18

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Cruising in the age of consent: gay men, #metoo, and the politics of desire. (The Atlantic)

Is attributing evil a cognitive bias? Interesting article, with some questionable evolutionary psychological interpretations. (Philosophy Now)

Quentin Tarantino’s Cosmic Justice: his new film exhibits — perhaps surprisingly — a genuine moral pathos. (New York Times)

The problem with mindfulness: it promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with (troubling) assumptions about the self and the cosmos. (Aeon)

A power ranking of Sherlock Holmes adaptations: the consummate detective has been reimagined hundreds of times—which screen version is best? (Electric Literature)

Suggested readings, #17

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Philosophy of science: the first 2.5 millennia. Too bad it stops at Feyerabend… (Philosophy Now)

The worst patients in the world. Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending. (The Atlantic)

Was The Odyssey the first Greek novel? (Lit Hub)

The physics of causality: why do we remember the past and not the future? Untangling the connections between cause and effect, choice, and entropy. (FQXi Community)

Libraries in the ancient world, a short (and somewhat surprising) history. (Ancient History Encyclopedia)