Suggested readings, #30

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

Why the novel matters. We can try to bend the novel to fit our politics or culture, but it will always go its own way, making itself anew. (New Statesman)

How to eat like a Stoic. The ancient diets of Cynicism and Stoicism. (Medium)

What’s everything made of? To answer whether the fundamental building blocks of reality are particles, fields or both means thinking beyond physics. (Aeon)

A radical guide to spending less time on your phone. (Medium)

The powers and pitfalls of reality distortion. Reflections on the life and death of Steve Jobs. (Medium)

Suggested readings, #29

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

The lesson history teaches is tragic. Though I’m slightly more optimistic than the author. (New York Times)

Kant against your Oculus Rift. (Medium)

What is Zizek for? A long, and long overdue, brutal take down of the philosopher-charlatan. (Current Affairs)

And speaking of charlatans, from the other side of the political spectrum: The shadow of Jordan Peterson. Snake-oil, lobsters and lazy-thinking. (Medium)

What the end of modern philosophy would look like. Interesting, though I’m going to disagree on the main point. Would have been nice if the author at least sketched what he thinks comes after modern philosophy. (Philosophical Salon)

How science fiction made me liberal. More than anything, the genre challenges us to imagine beyond the status quo. (Medium)

The magical thinking of weight loss. On major weight loss and praying at the altar of thinness. (Medium)

Suggested readings, #28

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

The absurdity of the Nobel prizes in science. They distort the nature of the scientific enterprise, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its most important contributors. (Atlantic)

This is how normal life feels as a psychopath. Everyday, nonviolent psychopaths say they’re nothing like the psychopath we see on our movie screens. (Medium)

Elon Musk’s Starship may be more moral catastrophe than bold step in space exploration. (The Conversation)

Karl Popper, John Rawls & the paradox of tolerance. Ought we tolerate intolerance? (Medium)

“We are all clowns.” A defense of Joker. (The Philosophical Salon)

Suggested readings, #27

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

The consciousness illusion. Phenomenal consciousness is a fiction written by our brains to help us track the impact that the world makes on us. (Or not, I’m going to write about this “illusion” craziness soon.) (Aeon)

I read one book 100 times over 10 years… Here are 100 Life-Changing lessons I learned. (About Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations) (Medium)

The fast track to a life well lived is feeling grateful. (I’m a bit skeptical about this sort of quick achievement of wisdom, still…) (Aeon)

Stoicism, insults, and political correctness. What Stoic philosophy would say about offensive behaviour. (Medium)

But is it science? Theoretical physicists who say the multiverse exists set a dangerous precedent: science based on zero empirical evidence. (Aeon)

Suggested readings, #26

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

Overrated: Ludwig Wittgenstein. The Austrian philosopher and 20th-century genius disabled others and inspired decades of needless self-destruction among his disciples. (Standpoint Magazine)

Stoicism at the Athenian Acropolis. The view from above in Stoic philosophy. (Medium)

If the Louvre was on fire, should we rescue the art first or the people? (Well, can you tell me a bit more about those people of yours…?) (3 Quarks Daily)

There are no easy answers when it comes to eating consciously. New book “Messy Eating” gathers academics to discuss the philosophy of eating animals. (Medium)

Why love ends. (OUP Blog)

The simple art of not being miserable. (Actually, not that simple.) (Medium)

Suggested readings, #25

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

The purpose of life is not happiness: it’s usefulness. (Medium)

Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral. AI religion is upon us. Welcome to the future. (Vox)

Mind the gap between science and religion. And don’t turn fundamental physics into an article of faith. (Nautilus)

Laziness does not exist. But unseen barriers do. (Medium)

Artificial Intelligence confronts a ‘reproducibility’ crisis. Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results. (Wired)

How can I distinguish between my needs and wants? Unthinkable: economist and philosopher Adam Smith encourages us to reflect on ‘how much is enough.’ (Irish Times)

Philosophy as practice and philosophy as body of knowledge. (Medium)

Suggested readings, #24

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

The five most popular books on Stoicism. Modern introductions to Stoic philosophy as a way of life. (Medium)

The three classic books on Stoic philosophy. The most important ancient texts on Stoicism. (Medium)

Metaphors are us. War, murder, music, art. We would have none without metaphor. (Nautilus)

Righteous incivility. The temptation to be uncivil grows as public discourse gets nastier and more aggressive. Can rudeness ever be righteous? (Aeon)

The death of Alexander the Great: one of history’s great unsolved mysteries. When you party too hard after conquering the world. (LitHub)

My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic depression and generalized anxiety. I am not ashamed. (Medium)

A famous argument against free will has been debunked. For decades, a landmark brain study fed speculation about whether we control our own actions. It seems to have made a classic mistake. We shall patiently await Sam Harris correcting himself… (Atlantic)