Category Archives: philosophy

Jason Biggs, Challenger and coping with tragedy through humor

You may have heard Jason Biggs, associated with either American Pie by people my age or Orange is the New Black by those a little younger, got in a bit of trouble for a tweet about the Malaysia Airlines downing. Biggs joked, “Anyone wanna buy … Continue reading

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Why we believe utter crap

Are we doomed to believe things that are demonstrably false? Brendan Nyhan (Dukie!) has devoted much of his career to fighting falsehoods, and he is depressed by a three-year study he conducted to try change beliefs on vaccination: The first … Continue reading

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No one ever went broke underestimating the panicky nature of the public

The ever-intriguing Philosophers’ Mail thinks we should engage our inner Stoic and tune out the fear-mongering media from time to time. News outlets love to make us, their audiences, agitated, frightened and bothered a lot of the time, that’s how they make … Continue reading

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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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