On ‘Public Philosophy’

Came across the beginnings of what so far is a great series of articles on ‘Public philosophy’ over at The Point Magazine by Agnes Callard. In the first article, Is Public Philosophy Good?, Ms. Callard writes: “Recently, there have been rumblings of a Great Escape, one that goes by the name of “Public Philosophy.” Public […]

We Are Not the Thinkers of Our Thoughts

From a post over on kottke.org, Tiny Private Mind Motions “Every morning, when I screw the lid onto my steaming thermos of coffee, I think to myself, automatically, the phrase “heat capture.” I have no idea why. I’ve never used that phrase in any other context in my life. And yet I couldn’t stop it […]

“This nonsense of earning a living.”

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We […]

All Minus One: John Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Revisited

Was listening to Jonathan Haidt on on an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast from awhile back. So much good conversation and ideas there, especially with regards to the current state of education and social media’s effects on kids. One thing that came out of that as well was Johnathan’s mention of this book – really […]

Summum Bonum

Some months back I loaned my copy of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens to a friend-of-a-friend. He messaged me awhile ago and said that he ‘owed me a book’. I asked for clarification and apparently his dog, a Vizsla that goes by the moniker Frank Tempo, had ‘dispatched’ the book with due prejudice. I laughed and […]