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Bertrand Russell Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays. The Intellectual Yet Idiot – Medium. The Intellectual Yet Idiot is a production of modernity hence has been accelerating since the mid twentieth century, to reach its local supremum today, along with the broad category of people without skin-in-the-game who have been invading many walks of life.

The Intellectual Yet Idiot – Medium

Why? Simply, in most countries, the government’s role is between five and ten times what it was a century ago (expressed in percentage of GDP). The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely seen outside specialized outlets, think tanks, the media, and universities — most people have proper jobs and there are not many openings for the IYI. Beware the semi-erudite who thinks he is an erudite. He fails to naturally detect sophistry. The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited. Extermination or Expulsion? Why Libertarians Are Hopeless - Christopher Cantwell.

I’ve come to some revelations as of late which have radically altered my worldview.

Why Libertarians Are Hopeless - Christopher Cantwell

It has been as upsetting as it has been exciting. For several years I have expressed my frustrations against certain elements of the libertarian movement which might most recognizably be categorized as leftist. I am far from the first to see their presence as a disaster and even dangerous. This is a very old problem, and it gets worse by the day. I have recently become convinced (and I welcome your efforts to convince me otherwise) that this is a natural and inescapable biological phenomenon, which dooms our efforts in man’s present evolutionary state. George Orwell: Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool. Tolstoy's pamphlets are the least-known part of his work, and his attack on Shakespeare(1) is not even an easy document to get hold of, at any rate in an English translation.

George Orwell: Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool

The Weekly Standard. There he is on the cover of Sgt.

The Weekly Standard

Pepper, tottering between Carl Jung and Fred Astaire, breathing fumes over Marilyn Monroe’s bare back and William Burroughs’s bald pate. Edgar Allan Poe, the original Man in Black—before Johnny Cash, before the Beatles in Hamburg, before the bohemians in Paris. The first American rocker, the steampunk wild man, bound for death or glory, and getting both. Edgar Allen Poe. Walking, Talking, Planning: The Friendship of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Patrick James Dunagan features Walking, Talking, Planning: The Friendship of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Walking, Talking, Planning: The Friendship of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne

Postmodernism and Its Critics - Anthropological Theories - Department of Anthropology - The University of Alabama. The guides to anthropological theories and approaches listed below have been prepared by graduate students of the University of Alabama under the direction of Dr.

Postmodernism and Its Critics - Anthropological Theories - Department of Anthropology - The University of Alabama

Michael D. Murphy. Wirehead hedonism versus paradise-engineering. George Eliot's Earthly God. Burn Up The Floor: Pop & Politics In 2013 Dance Music. Photo by Anna Spysz It felt like you couldn't move ten metres for a four-to-the-floor beat during 2013. Noam Chomsky: What I'd like to see on front pages of newspapers. By Noam Chomsky – 12 October 2013 In these comments I'll focus primarily on the United States for several reasons: One, it's the most important country in terms of its power and influence.

Noam Chomsky: What I'd like to see on front pages of newspapers

Were Paleolithic Cave Painters High on Psychedelic Drugs? Scientists Propose Ingenious Theory for Why They Might Have Been. July 8, 2013 | Like this article?

Were Paleolithic Cave Painters High on Psychedelic Drugs? Scientists Propose Ingenious Theory for Why They Might Have Been

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Prehistoric cave paintings across the continents have similar geometric patterns not because early humans were learning to draw like Paleolithic pre-schoolers, but because they were high on drugs, and their brains—like ours—have a biological predisposition to "see" certain patterns, especially during consciousness altering states.

This thesis—that humanity’s earliest artists were not just reeling due to mind-altering activities, but deliberately sought those elevated states and gave greater meaning to those common visions—is the contention of a new paper by an international research team. At its core, this theory challenges the long-held notion that the earliest art and atrists were merely trying to draw the external world. “Researchers also generally claim that the geometric hallucinations experienced by the subject are mental representations of these neural patterns,” they write.

Does Being a Bookworm Boost Your Brainpower in Old Age? Play The Past. Steward Magazine. How Obama tapped into a powerful—and only recently studied—human emotion called "elevation." For researchers of emotions, creating them in the lab can be a problem.

How Obama tapped into a powerful—and only recently studied—human emotion called "elevation."

Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley, studies the emotions of uplift, and he has tried everything from showing subjects vistas of the Grand Canyon to reading them poetry—with little success. But just this week one of his postdocs came in with a great idea: Hook up the subjects, play Barack Obama's victory speech, and record as their autonomic nervous systems go into a swoon. Barack Obama. On youth and old age, on life and death, on breathing / Aristotle. The Holographic Universe. Carl Sagan on Pot. Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit". One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit.

Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.