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Is philosophy simply harder than science? – TheTLS. What’s the purpose of philosophy?

Is philosophy simply harder than science? – TheTLS

Alfred North Whitehead characterized it as a series of footnotes to Plato. You can see his point. Did Thomas Kuhn Help Elect Donald Trump? - Scientific American Blog Network. Errol Morris is one of my favorite filmmakers.

Did Thomas Kuhn Help Elect Donald Trump? - Scientific American Blog Network

Every year I show students in my “War and Science” class The Fog of War. The film, which won an Academy Award in 2003, reveals how war corrupts us. More specifically, it shows how an intelligent, rational, decent man, Robert McNamara, ends up enabling the slaughter of civilians in Japan and Vietnam. The primacy of doubt in an age of illusory certainty. The primacy of doubt in an age of illusory certainty by Ashutosh Jogalekar We live in a fractured age when many seem to be convinced that their beliefs are right, and that they can never agree with the other side on anything to any degree.

The primacy of doubt in an age of illusory certainty

Science has always been the best antidote against this bias, because while political truths are highly subjective and subject to the whims of the majority, most scientific truths are starkly objective. You may try to pass a law by majority vote in Congress saying that two and two equals five, or that DNA is not a double helix, but these falsehoods are not going to stay hidden for too long because the bare facts say otherwise. You may keep on denying global warming, but that will not make the warming stop. But combined with this undeniable nature of scientific facts exists a way of doing things that almost seems paradoxical to proclamations about hard scientific truth. Berkeley author George Lakoff says, 'Don't underestimate Trump' — Berkeleyside.

George Lakoff, retired UC Berkeley professor and author of Don’t Think of an Elephant, is one of a very few people in Berkeley who does not underestimate Donald Trump.

Berkeley author George Lakoff says, 'Don't underestimate Trump' — Berkeleyside

“Trump is not stupid,” he tells anyone who will listen. “He is a super salesman, and he knows how to change your brain and use it to his advantage.” In fact, Lakoff predicted a year ago that Trump would win with 47% of the vote. (The actual total was 46%.) Lakoff even told Hillary Clinton’s campaign and PAC staffers how to counteract Trump’s message. The complexity of social problems is outsmarting the human brain. When mulling over possible reasons for the alarming nastiness associated with the recent presidential election in the United States, I am reminded of my grade-school bully.

The complexity of social problems is outsmarting the human brain

Handsome, often charming, superbly athletic, the bully (let’s call him Mike) would frequently, usually without clear provocation, kick, punch and shove other classmates. Fortunately, for reasons not apparent at that time, he never bothered me. Fast-forward 20 years. After his long-time girlfriend left him for another man, Mike stalked and stabbed to death the new boyfriend. Shortly following his murder conviction and incarceration, I ran into Mike’s father, who spontaneously blurted out: ‘Did you know that Mike had severe dyslexia?’ As soon as his father spoke, I recalled Mike’s great difficulty reading aloud in class. If we are not up to the cognitive task, how might we be expected to respond?

Get Aeon straight to your inbox Imagine going to your family doctor for a routine physical exam. Philosopher Andrew Taggart is helping Silicon Valley executives define success — Quartz. Before creating the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling was clinically depressed.

Philosopher Andrew Taggart is helping Silicon Valley executives define success — Quartz

In the early 1990s, she returned to the UK to settle down in Scotland near her sister. A three-year stint in Portugal had led to a short, unhappy marriage, and she left the country as a single mother of a newborn child. Rowling spent the next few years struggling to meet ends. Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools? - Anti-intellectualism poses a great danger to democracy. National Portrait Gallery/Wikimedia Commons This article supplements Fascism, a Slate Academy.

Anti-intellectualism poses a great danger to democracy.

To learn more and to enroll, visit Adapted from The Anti-Enlightenment Tradition by Zeev Sternhell. Published by Yale University Press. While the 18th century is commonly perceived as the quintessential age of rationalist modernity, it was also the cradle of a second and strikingly different movement. Donald Trump and the rise of tribal epistemology. Are Liberals on the Wrong Side of History? Of all the prejudices of pundits, presentism is the strongest.

Are Liberals on the Wrong Side of History?

It is the assumption that what is happening now is going to keep on happening, without anything happening to stop it. If the West has broken down the Berlin Wall and McDonald’s opens in St. Petersburg, then history is over and Thomas Friedman is content. If, by a margin so small that in a voice vote you would have no idea who won, Brexit happens; or if, by a trick of an antique electoral system designed to give country people more power than city people, a Donald Trump is elected, then pluralist constitutional democracy is finished. The liberal millennium was upon us as the year 2000 dawned; fifteen years later, the autocratic apocalypse is at hand. You would think that people who think for a living would pause and reflect that whatever is happening usually does stop happening, and something else happens in its place; a baby who is crying now will stop crying sooner or later.

The Indian material is particularly revealing. Sociology's Stagnation. Emile Durkheim is the father of modern sociology; he is a titan.

Sociology's Stagnation

Over a century ago the great man issued an edict that would forever alter — or you could say, forever derail — the course of the discipline that he established. His proclamation, paraphrased loosely, was that any social occurrence was a product of other social occurrences that came before it. "Shut up and Calculate" (Galileo, Kepler and Schrödinger's Cat) The nature of pragmatism and its possible future pt. 1. If-we-are-not-just-animals-what-are-we. Much 20th-century philosophy is addressed to the question of how to define this fact in secular terms, without drawing on religious ideas.


America last: The case for moral disengagement from politics in the age of Trump. There are a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent? — Donald J. Trump, Feb. 6, 2017 There continues to be a gross underestimation, even among politically aware liberals, of what we are really up against, and how to counter it. Increasingly, our fellow citizens are resorting to the concepts of fascism to describe the current situation, but this is not necessarily followed by any cogent reflection on what the political subject under fascism needs to do. Tragedy and Philosophy - 3:AM Magazine. Interview by Richard Marshall. ‘Philosophy has always been for me a way of life, one that sits only with difficulty in the institution of the university, and so I struggle with distinguishing the profession of philosophy from the practice of a philosophical life: that struggle, which is also the effort to reconcile the terribly esoteric work that we often do with the need to see it as real and valuable to the world, is one that has deepened over time for me.

The Owl of Minerva Problem. Reality Check: Wine, Subjectivism and the Fate of Civilization. The man of the hour. The man of the hour. Humans-in-dark-times. The mission of The Stone is to explore issues both timely and timeless. Violence is evidently such a phenomenon, demanding purposeful and considered historical reflection. But here we immediately encounter a problem: If fighting violence demands new forms of ethical thinking that can be developed only with the luxury of time, what does this mean for the present moment when history is being steered in a more dangerous direction and seems to move more quickly every day? Is Donald Trump evil? Modern philosophy shows that most atrocities are committed by normal people—not evil ones — Quartz.

For some, it’s a form of activism. For others, it’s a hobby. Regardless of motivation, the movement to save digital data before it gets erased from government websites is suddenly in vogue—and it’s surprisingly easy for just about anyone to do. Why Musicians Need Philosophy. Not as much, I grant, as philosophers need music, but nevertheless the need is real. In the past our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert hall and in the home.

The common practice of tonal harmony united composers, performers and listeners in a shared language, and people played instruments at home with an intimate sense of belonging to the music that they made, just as the music belonged to them. The repertoire was neither controversial nor especially challenging, and music took its place in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life alongside the rituals of everyday religion and the forms of good manners. We no longer live in that world. Few people play instruments, and music at home emerges from digital machines, controlled by buttons that require no musical culture to be pressed. When Philosophy Lost Its Way. Foolish Logic. Artificially Flavored Intelligence. Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology  The Conversationalist. The more he learned, declared Michael Oakeshott, the less he knew. How to design a metaphor.

Me and My Brain: What the "Double-Subject Fallacy" reveals about contemporary conceptions of the Self. The dangerous idea that life is a story – Galen Strawson. ‘Each of us constructs and lives a “narrative”,’ wrote the British neurologist Oliver Sacks, ‘this narrative is us’. Likewise the American cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner: ‘Self is a perpetually rewritten story.’