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- The future seems wide open with possibilities – but is it?When we think of the future, it very naturally seems to be ‘open’ – a realm of unfixed possibilities, awaiting the choices we make now. But are we right to think about the future this way? Some philosophers argue that the only way to explain the differences in how we… Read more »
- 550 million years of human evolutionVia stints as reptiles, rodents and fish with feet, the evolution of humans is as meandering as it is extraordinary. Reminiscent of a similar sequence from Carl Sagan’s iconic TV series Cosmos (1980), this short animation traces human evolutionary history back 550 million years to a small, primitive fish known… Read more »
- African art in Western museums: it's patrimony not heritageMuseums with colonial-era collections have always known about the brutal parts of their biographies. But, through acts of purification via historical distance, they have chosen to ignore them. Museum directors now have to re-think their position as defenders of their collections in light of a dif...By Charlotte JoyRead at Aeon Read more »
Oh hello. My name is Maria Popova. I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings — my one-woman labor of love. Drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.
- The Year of the Whale: A Lyrical Illustrated Serenade to Our Planet’s Largest-Brained Creature“Moving through a dim, dark, cool, watery world of its own, the whale is timeless and ancient; part of our common heritage and yet remote, awful, prowling the ocean floor a half-mile down, under the guidance of powers and senses we are only beginning to grasp.” “The great flood-gates of… Read more »
- Thoreau on the Long Cycles of Social Change and the Importance of Not Mistaking Politics for Progress“The longer the lever the less perceptible its motion… The hero then will know how to wait, as well as to make haste. All good abides with him who waiteth wisely.” “We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over,” James Baldwin insisted in examining… Read more »
- Emblem of My Work: Artists Reimagine Laurence Sterne’s Iconic Marbled PageA vibrant celebration of the imagination at the intersection of unpredictability and creative constraint. On the last page of A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, I offered a short note on our endpaper choice — a special treat for lovers of literature, hidden in plain sight. This… Read more »
- Romanian Philosopher Emil Cioran on the Courage to Disillusion Yourself“The man who unmasks his fictions renounces his own resources and, in a sense, himself. Consequently, he will accept other fictions which will deny him, since they will not have cropped up from his own depths.” “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone… Read more »
- Herman Melville’s Passionate, Beautiful, Heartbreaking Love Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne“Your heart beat in my ribs and mine in yours, and both in God’s… It is a strange feeling — no hopefulness is in it, no despair. Content — that is it… The divine magnet is in you, and my magnet responds.” The summer when nineteen-year-old Emily Dickinson met the… Read more »
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- Physicists have long relied on Richard Feynman’s conception of space-time, but some are now dissenting. They point to geometry and something called “the amplituhedron” Read more »
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- There’s another African election this weekend few people are talking aboutNigeria’s delayed election has grabbed headlines in African and international media. With Africa’s most populous country delaying its Feb. 16 elections over logistics issues, Nigerians will now vote tomorrow (Feb. 23). But the saga is happening at the expense of Senegal, which is set to vote for its next president… Read more »
- The disconnect between Amy Klobuchar’s parental leave policy and her public platformThere are a lot of noteworthy allegations (paywall) in the New York Times’ new exposé exploring how presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar treats her staff. For instance, the Minnesota senator purportedly ate her salad with a comb and threw binders in the direction of employees in frustration. But perhaps the most… Read more »
- Sudan’s president al-Bashir is not stepping down just yetSudan’s president Omar al-Bashir has declared a yearlong state of emergency months after anti-government protests began calling for an end to his three-decade rule. In a speech delivered on Friday night (Feb. 22) in Khartoum, Bashir also dissolved both central and state governments and delayed constitutional amendments that would have… Read more »
- Maduro and Guaidó are gearing up for a showdown at the Venezuelan borderTensions are rising in Venezuela, as the army reportedly opened fire against a group of civilians on Friday (Feb. 22), killing two people and injuring several others. The violent encounter happened in Kumarakapay, a small town close to the border with Brazil. Venezuelans are gathering there as they wait for… Read more »
- Cheesed-off investors wiped $16 billion off the value of Kraft Heinz$12.6 billion is a lot of money. It’s roughly the cost of a US navy aircraft carrier, a bit less than what Amazon paid to take over Whole Foods, and if you had it in your wallet you’d be the 100th-richest person in the world. It’s also the amount of… Read more »
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- The problem with "lack of belief" atheism is it makes commonality meaninglessBecause if what 2 people have in common is what they lack, that means that everything now has an equal amount of things in common with everything else. Just phrase it in a negative and you're good to go. A purple couch, a house cat, and a tiger. A normal… Read more »
- What books/writers should I read before reading Kant's Critique of Pure Reason and Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit?submitted by /u/mrmul8 [link] [comments] Read more »
- Difference between unethical and immoral? I hear it used interchangeably now a days. ThanksWhats the main differences between the 2 And does how you use the words unethical and immoral rely on what philosophical moral theory you believe in? submitted by /u/redditculture [link] [comments] Read more »
- Do you think moral disagreement poses a threat to moral realism? Why or why not?I have read a lot about the subject and I cannot choose whether moral realism is threatened by moral disagreement. I would like to know what other people think. Thanks. submitted by /u/studentoftheinternet [link] [comments] Read more »
- Philosophy on the material reality of thoughts and visions?So, my second post here. Last time I got a few great answers so thanks you all for that! Now, I’m just curious what philosophers think about the material realism of thoughts and visions? So let me explain a bit. Everything that we see, hear, smell taste or touch filters… Read more »