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New Atheism's Islam-obsessed rape and rescue fantasy. The Philosopher's Meme. Who Are You and What Do You Really Know? – The New Inquiry. Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother. How We Grieve: Meghan O’Rourke on the Messiness of Mourning and Learning to Live with Loss. Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Why Intelligent People Can't find Happiness - The Minds Journal. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

Why Intelligent People Can't find Happiness - The Minds Journal

-Ernest Hemingway The presence of a faithful and loving partner, a great family life and a successful career may not be enough to prevent an intelligent soul to feel grief and melancholy. Here are six most likely reasons why happiness seems to elude highly intelligent people: Life without language. Thought without symbols — life without language — it’s a cognitive reality that is virtually impossible for most modern humans to fathom.

Life without language

For the vast majority of us, our thought processes have been profoundly shaped by the introjection of language into our cognitive worlds, the taking on board of a massive intellectual prosthesis, the collective product of countless generations. Human thought, for the majority, is not simply the individual outcome of our evolved neural architecture, but also the result of our borrowing of the immense symbolic and intellectual resources available in language. What would human thought be like without language?

Author Susan Schaller The question of the relationship between language and ‘mind’ (a word I hate using), or between symbolic resources and cognitive abilities (there, that’s equally vague!) We might try to imagine thinking without language, but, of course, we’d be doing that with language itself. Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds. In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life. The students were then asked to distinguish between the genuine notes and the fake ones. Some students discovered that they had a genius for the task. Out of twenty-five pairs of notes, they correctly identified the real one twenty-four times. Philosophy of Mind: all-female syllabus - Zoe Drayson. Welcome to my all-female syllabus for teaching undergraduate philosophy of mind.

Philosophy of Mind: all-female syllabus - Zoe Drayson

How To Pull The Ground From Under Right-wing Populism. Culture - Would sex with a robot be infidelity? Imagine you’re rich enough to spend $40,000 to visit a town for a day where rules don’t matter.

Culture - Would sex with a robot be infidelity?

To tell someone they're wrong, first tell them how they're right — Quartz. For a firm that makes most of its money selling software and cloud services, Microsoft sure wants to look like a hardware company.

To tell someone they're wrong, first tell them how they're right — Quartz

Alongside new features for Windows 10, Microsoft execs spent more than an hour of the company’s event on Oct. 26 pitching new computers, VR headsets, and accessories focused on artists and designers. When it comes to Microsoft’s bottom line, hardware sales are just a drop in the bucket. And while niche-targeted products like creative-friendly desktops are unlikely to change that, new hardware puts the company right next to Apple in the headlines. They also paint a clear picture of the message Microsoft wants investors and consumers to hear: Macs are over, and PCs are once again for creative types.

In a hardware landscape that has users living in fear of which port Apple will nix next, the strategy just might work. Surface Studio Today’s largest announcement was a 28″ 4K desktop PC called the Surface Studio. Windows 10 Creators Edition. I'll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions? Charles Darwin once wrote in his book The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals that insects “express anger, terror, jealousy and love.”

I'll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions?

That was in 1872. Now, nearly 150 years later, researchers have discovered more evidence that Darwin might have been onto something. Bumblebees seem to have a “positive emotionlike state,” according to a study published this week in Science. Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps” Karen Armstrong has written histories of Buddhism and Islam.

Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps”

She has written a history of myth. She has written a history of God. Born in Britain, Armstrong studied English at Oxford, spent seven years as a Catholic nun, and then, after leaving the convent, took a brief detour toward hard-line atheism. During that period, she produced writing that, as she later described it, “tended to the Dawkinsesque.” Since then, Armstrong has emerged as one of the most popular — and prolific — writers on religion.

In her new book, “Fields of Blood,” Armstrong lays out a history of religious violence, beginning in ancient Sumer and stretching into the 21st century. Ten underappreciated philosophers of the Islamic World [timeline] How VR Gaming will Wake Us Up to our Fake Worlds. “It has no relationship whatsoever to anything anchored in some kind of metaphysical superspace.

How VR Gaming will Wake Us Up to our Fake Worlds

It’s just your cultural point of view […] Travel shows you the relativity of culture.” — Terence McKenna Human civilization has always been a virtual reality. At the onset of culture, which was propagated through the proto-media of cave painting, the talking drum, music, fetish art making, oral tradition and the like, Homo sapiens began a march into cultural virtual realities, a march that would span the entirety of the human enterprise. Women Among Philosophers on Twitter - @TrueSciPhi. Descartes recognised only the authority of reason. But reason is only an instrument and Descartes was superficial #NIETZSCHE.

George Lakoff - What Makes Personal Identity Continue. On Smell. Smell is one of our primary and most immediate ways of understanding and interpreting the world and everything in it.

On Smell

We naturally categorise things into good and bad smells, and gravitate towards the former. Billion dollar industries exist around masking smells; making our environments and bodies smell better and less human. We often intuitively talk about smell as a shortcut to memory — with a certain, distinct scent being enough to remind us of of a certain time or place, often with great emotional intensity. Yet throughout history, smell has oftentimes been considered a lower sense, through which we can only access a baser reality. Narratives. Let’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a story ...

‘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.’ And: ‘In the end, we become the autobiographical narratives by which we “tell about” our lives.’ Or a fellow American psychologist, Dan P McAdams: ‘We are all storytellers, and we are the stories we tell.’ And here’s the American moral philosopher J David Velleman: ‘We invent ourselves… but we really are the characters we invent.’ Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations. I have thought and continued to think a great deal about the relationship between critical thinking and cynicism — what is the tipping point past which critical thinking, that centerpiece of reason so vital to human progress and intellectual life, stops mobilizing our constructive impulses and topples over into the destructiveness of impotent complaint and embittered resignation, begetting cynicism?

In giving a commencement address on the subject, I found myself contemplating anew this fine but firm line between critical thinking and cynical complaint. To cross it is to exile ourselves from the land of active reason and enter a limbo of resigned inaction. But cross it we do, perhaps nowhere more readily than in our capacity for merciless self-criticism. We tend to go far beyond the self-corrective lucidity necessary for improving our shortcomings, instead berating and belittling ourselves for our foibles with a special kind of masochism. Authority wants to replace the world with itself. Science has next to nothing to say about moral intuitions. What It Feels Like to Be an Octopus. On a recent Sunday, at my local Italian market, I considered the octopus. Philosophical Meditation.

Philosophy versus Neuroscience on the Question of Free Will. The Myth of Sysiphus. Arguments for Incompatibilism. Arguments for Incompatibilism. The ‘Free Will Problem’ The fiction of humanity: An interview with John Gray. 8 - Violence and ethics in Camus Cambridge Companions Online. Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist. Kierkegaard on Why Anxiety Powers Creativity Rather Than Hindering It. Constructing the Modern Mind. Selected Minor Works: A Philosophical Exchange, of Sorts. Big Monkey, Helpy Chalk: The full talk for tomorrow. Terry Eagleton reviews ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins · LRB 19 October 2006. The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America. Redirect?url= What Would Žižek' Do? Redeeming Christianity's Perverse Core.

Frank Wilczek on Beauty, Physics, and Philosophy. Jean paul sartre being and nothingness. Aj ayer language truth and logic. The Book of Symbols: Carl Jung’s Catalog of the Unconscious. John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing. John Updike on the Universe and Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing. Why the multiverse is all about you - The Philosopher's Zone.

Why the multiverse is all about you - The Philosopher's Zone. Algorithmicity, Islamic Art, and Virtual Philosophy: Thoughts on Laura Marks’ ‘Enfoldment and Infinity’ Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist.