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- 20 HzViolent plasma explosions from the Sun’s surface – known as coronal mass ejections – reverberate to the farthest reaches of our solar system. However, due to the Earth’s protective magnetosphere, most people don’t take note of these events unless a particularly powerful solar flare disrupts radio signals or produces colourful… Read more »
- How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the worldHave you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologise for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in your chest. You are very aware of this sensation. But what kind of experience is it, and what can it… Read more »
- What do your dreams look like?While your dreams might feel strange or random, and unique to you (if you even remember them at all), an ongoing project by the US psychologist Kelly Bulkeley offers some insight into our most common dream experiences. Since 2009, Bulkeley has encouraged people around the world to submit the contents of… Read more »
- How we discovered that Europeans used cattle 8,000 years agoThe use of animals for their renewable products greatly increased human capabilities in prehistory. Secondary products – or anything that can be gleaned from a domestic animal repeatedly over its lifetime – expanded the capabilities of ancient human societies. They helped to provide enough food a...By Jane Gaastra, Haskel Greenfield… 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.
- 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 »
- Otherness, Belonging, and the Web of Life: The Great Nature Writer Henry Beston on Our Fellow Creatures and the Dignity of Difference“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.” “Our world, and… Read more »
- Salvation by Words: Iris Murdoch on Language as a Vehicle of Truth and Art as a Force of Resistance to Tyranny“Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify while art tends to clarify. The good artist is a vehicle of truth.” “To create today is to create dangerously,” Albert Camus wrote in the late 1950s as he contemplated the role of the artist as a voice of resistance. “In… Read more »
- Rachel Carson’s Birdsong Notation, Set to MusicA melodic homage to the patron saint of the modern environmental conscience. One of the loveliest discoveries in my research for Figuring came at Yale’s magical Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where Rachel Carson’s papers are housed: Among her ample letters, manuscripts, and field notebooks I found a piece… Read more »
- Anatomy of Deception and Self-Delusion: Walter Lippmann on Public Opinion, Our Slippery Grasp of Truth, and the Discipline of Apprehending Reality Clearly“If the connection between reality and human response were direct and immediate, rather than indirect and inferred, indecision and failure would be unknown.” “Truth always rests with the minority … because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is… Read more »
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- Teaching Ethics: What’s The Harm?Patrick Stokes discusses some of the ethical problems arising in teaching ethics.
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- “Nightmarish and impolite.” Andrea Dworkin’s critics accused her of gender essentialism, histrionics, and dogmatism. She was undaunted Read more »
- Ten years ago, Roberto Bolaño was the height of literary fashion. Then the “Bolaño Bubble” burst. His work continues to limp out into the market Read more »
- Look carefully, attend to people and their situations, learn what is right. For Iris Murdoch, morality was grounded in vision and action, not just metaphysics Read more »
- When early natural philosophers wrote a book, it might be read by 500 people. Then came Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle and a revolution in pop-science writing Read more »
- John Stuart Mill is routinely seen by liberals and conservatives as a secular saint. Turns out he was decidedly less secular than we thought Read more »
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- Alastair Norcross: What It Is Like to Be a Philosopher?The APA blog is working with Cliff Sosis of What is it Like to Be a Philosopher? in publishing advance excerpts from Cliff’s long-form interviews with philosophers. ... Read more... Read more »
- The Statistical Crisis of Science: Where are the Philosophers?by Deborah G. Mayo “[C]onfusion about the foundations of the subject is responsible, in my opinion, for much of the misuse of the statistics that ... Read more... Read more »
- Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Post-Truth, Fanaticism, and Facebookby Soraj Hongladarom In 2002, Hubert Dreyfus published a paper, “Anonymity versus Commitment: The Dangers of Education on the Internet” where he decried the effect ... Read more... Read more »
- Women in Philosophy: Is Aristotle the Best a Man Can Get?by Jason Nethercut Many people praised Gillette’s recent advertisement for taking a stand against the worst manifestations of toxic or hegemonic masculinity. Others like Piers ... Read more... Read more »
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- Nigeria has postponed its presidential elections*Updated with details from INEC chairman Nigeria will not be deciding its next president today (Feb. 16) as previously planned. Owing to difficulties distributing voting materials, the country’s electoral commission, INEC, is postponing the polls by a week. According to reports, the elections could not possibly have progressed as scheduled… Read more »
- Sales for the world’s largest pot company just keep getting higherNearly four months to the day since Canada legalized marijuana, Canopy Growth’s sales have never been buzzier. The world’s largest pot company yesterday (Feb. 14) posted revenue up 282% from a year earlier for its fiscal third quarter, shifting a total of over 10,000 kg (22,000 lbs) of pot and… Read more »
- A crisp Tom Collins is the perfect way to showcase an excellent ginTrue story, I went to high school with a guy named Tom Collins. While I chuckled knowingly over his name at age 15, I never really stopped to consider the cocktail itself. It’s a great drink to make at home because it requires just a handful of ingredients—gin, lemon, simple… Read more »
- CBP perpetuates the myth that migrant caravans are violentUS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to “temporarily harden” the American side of the Tijuana River “in direct response to the Honduran and Guatemalan migrant caravans.” That’s according to the details on a $400,000 contract awarded to a San Diego company that were posted to a government database… Read more »
- Colin Kaepernick settles his collusion lawsuit against the NFLColin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback at the center of a storm of controversy stemming from his protests against police brutality, settled his lawsuit with the NFL today (Feb 15). The suit alleged the league’s teams retaliated against his decision to kneel during the national anthem by colluding to prevent him… Read more »
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- Who's intent matters in a mutually engaged action?A comment I've since forgotten gave a philosophical anecdote about a young couple sitting on a bench where the boy reached for the girl's hand and the girl, wishing to continue to reap the benefits of being courted ignored the act or ignored the significance of the act thus giving… Read more »
- Have there been any recent attempts to reconcile Moral Realism with Naturalism?I recently read several articles on moral anti-realism. Several of them (Street, Clarke-Doane, Joyce) put forth convincing arguments against the notion of moral facts, that is, the notion that there exist objective moral truths that justify moral claims. If this premise is false, and if morality is a by-product of… Read more »
- Moral question, is killing (a) bug(s) make you a bad person?submitted by /u/theSomberscientist [link] [comments] Read more »
- Almeder's argument against defeasibility analyses of knowledgeI'm trying to wrap my head around an argument against defeasibility analyses of knowledge that Robert Almeder presents in pages 55-59 of Blind realism (1992): 1, 2, 3. Defeasibility analyses propose that S knows that p only if S has a non-defective justification of p, where non-defectiveness is in turn… Read more »