Category Archives: philosophy

A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death

Herbert Fingarette once argued that there was no reason to fear death. At 97, his own mortality began to haunt him, and he had to rethink everything. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/ind… “Being 97” was directed by Andrew Hasse (http://www.ftrmgc.com). It is … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Zhuangzi Explained: Legendary Chinese Parables for freedom, spontaneity & joy

Zhuangzi was one of China’s greatest thinkers. His ancient parables are legendary, designed to free you from society’s damaging constraints and recover your natural spontaneity. Sounds great, but can Zhuangzi’s ancient stories help us find freedom in our modern, complex … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric fixation’. The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible – and … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How Mengzi came up with something better than the Golden Rule – Aeon

Eric Schwitzgebel is professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He blogs at The Splintered Mind and is the author of Perplexities of Consciousness (2011) and A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures (2019).     There’s … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

CRITICAL THINKING – Cognitive Biases: Anchoring [HD]

 

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

how to do nothing

enny Odell Follow Jun 30, 2017 · 44 min read This is the transcript of a keynote talk I gave at EYEO 2017 in Minneapolis. An adapted version appears in my book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. I’d like to start off … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mary’s Room: A philosophical thought experiment

Imagine a neuroscientist who has only ever seen black and white things, but she is an expert in color vision and knows everything about its physics and biology. If, one day, she sees color, does she learn anything new? Is … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Would you opt for a life with no pain?

Imagine if you could plug your brain into a machine that would bring you ultimate pleasure for the rest of your life. The only catch? You have to permanently leave reality behind. Hayley Levitt and Bethany Rickwald explore Robert Nozick’s … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Andy Clark – Virtual Immortality

Closer To Truth Published on 2 Jan 2019 Virtual immortality is the theory that when the fullness of our mental selves can be uploaded with first-person perfection to non-biological media, then when our mortal bodies die our mental selves will … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

In defence of disorder – Aeon

The Buddhist monks from Namgyal monastery in India engage in a ritual that involves the creation of intricate patterns of coloured sand, known as mandalas. As large as three metres across, each mandala requires a couple of weeks of painstaking … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | Tagged | Leave a comment