Category Archives: philosophy

5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard

Great work here from Brigid Schulte, pointing out the dubious rewards of working too hard: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard. Ties in with a question I’ve had in my head: If we have a lot of people … Continue reading

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Why cynics are suckers

Cynicism is not intelligence. Cynicism is the coward’s way of dealing with life. It provides easy scapegoats when things go wrong. It provides an excuse not to care about people or entities who are imperfect. It doesn’t help the cynic’s … Continue reading

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Why women steer clear of manly things like philosophy

I always figured the reason women avoided philosophy was because they were majoring in more practical things like music. Seriously. I was a philosophy/music double major. I don’t know anyone who went to a philosophy career, while at least half … Continue reading

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May 5 links: Missing word or sarcasm?

I was a little disappointed to learn that the word “million” was missing here: Olympic injury trending on Twitter launched $18 empire Via Andrew Sullivan, a lively meditation on the power of the phrase “I don’t know.” Isn’t a wise man … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theories and why the intellectually insecure believe them

Brilliant photographical and philosophical takedown of moon landing conspiracy theories, including these comments that apply to “truthers” from 9/11 to Sandy Hook (and people who see media conspiracies where they don’t exist): The urge to believe drives people to trade … Continue reading

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The apocalyptic cycle

The BBC reports that the Doomsday deadline has passed: Some said it would end at midnight on Thursday, while others gave the deadline of just after 11:00 GMT on Friday. Both predictions have failed to materialise. Another group of followers … Continue reading

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A quick defense of the liberal arts

When I was 15 or 16, I was a full-blown computer geek. In those days, that meant I could program in BASIC on green monitors. I read sci-fi and watched a lot of Doctor Who – back when it was a whimsical … Continue reading

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The depressing part of the “hookup culture” debate

“Warm bodies, I sense, are not machines that can only make money” – Live, Pillar of Davidson This Hanna Rosin video segment helped me figure out what bothers me about the “hookup culture” beyond the sexual issues — STD risk, pregnancy … Continue reading

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Getting professors to write for the outside world

Today, a lot of academic writing looks like this: To a discussion by political philosophers a mere fact woman like me, an economic historian trained in the 1960s as a transportation economist, has really only one thing to contribute. It … Continue reading

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David Lowery sets the record straight on the “free music” generation

As a writer, I fully appreciate what David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven) has to say on music piracy, even if I envy his writing skills. I also find this all this sort of sad.  Many in your generation are … Continue reading

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