Suggested readings, #12

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

Here’s an interactive map of Odysseus’ 10-year journey back home. (Open Culture)

What’s the point of education? It’s no longer just about getting a job. Then again, it never was. And contra this article, the Greeks did get it right. (The Conversation)

Can an “ought” be derived from an “is”? Pace Hume, yup. (Philosophy Now)

Can Plato be blamed for autocracy, as Karl Popper thought? Nah. (Spectator)

Yet another example of why anti-physicalist critiques in philosophy of mind are empty and incoherent. Though you wouldn’t know it from this article. (Philosophy Now)

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Suggested readings, #11

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

Behavioral economics comes to the rescue if you happen to have a problem with addiction to your phone and social media. (Financial Times)

Who “owns” the Crusades? It’s more complicated than you think. (New Republic)

Cultural evolution and its discontents. (LA Review of Books)

The unnatural ethics of AI could be its undoing. (The Outline)

Suggested readings, #10

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

Remembering when bankers tried to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictator. True Story. (Big Think)

Is knowledge a “Stone Age” concept that is best abandoned? A strange, misguided, and conceptually confused article by my colleague David Papineau. (Aeon)

A good argument against anti-natalism, if one where needed. But you’ll have to get over some entirely unnecessary comments on god and the virtues of conservatism.

Reading fiction has been said to increase people’s empathy and compassion. But does the research really bear that out? Yes, it turns out. (BBC)

Suggested readings, #9

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

The (very) troubled history of psychiatry. (New Yorker)

Transgender kids’ brains resemble their gender identity, not their biological sex. (LGBTQ Nation)

Human life on Mars? Dangerous science fiction. (The Guardian)

What’s so useful about studying ancient history? Americans are notoriously ignorant of history, even their own, and while there’s nothing new about this indifference, the consequences are profound. (Daily Beast)

While this article is admittedly a rant, and uses unnecessarily harsh language, it perfectly explains why I don’t like Steven Pinker (not personally, I don’t know him). (Current Affairs)

Suggested readings, #8

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

The Freudian Loafer, the Intellectual and the Politician’s Son. Louis Sarkozy, the son of the former French president, wants to make academics into influencers. Oh boy. (New York Times)

A philosophical approach to routines can illuminate who we really are. The things we do every day aren’t just routines to be hacked. (Qrius)

Yes, determinists, there is free will. You make choices even if your atoms don’t. Or so says philosopher Christian List. Too bad his defense of the notion seems pretty conceptually muddled. (Nautilus)

Suggested readings, #7

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

The mystery of human uniqueness: what exactly makes our species special (if anything)? (Nautilus)

A brief and fascinating history of bullshit. (Madras Courier)

Nine quick facts about hermeneutics. (Oxford University Press blog)

Why we are still fighting about Freud, a surprisingly unskeptical essay by arch-skeptic John Horgan. (Scientific American blogs)

Contra this very confused article, reason does not exist without deliberation. (Aeon)

Suggested readings, #6

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

“Positive thinking” has turned happiness into a duty and a burden, says a Danish psychologist. (Quartz)

Do profits prioritize well? Mindlessness in markets. (Big Think)

How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks. (Aeon)

What the Ancient Greeks teach us. The value of Athenian tragedy in an age of anxiety. (New Statesman)