A piece by the Nobel Prize-winning economist (and aspiring philosopher) is a strangely awful attempt by an intellectual to communicate with the general public.
What are your thoughts on machines that can predict what you’re going to do in the next five minutes? Do you think that everything that happens now in the universe was causally determined by some event(s) that happened before it?…Read more »
&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Bernard Williams was the rare academic who was also a great writer. In his review of Williams’ Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002, Paul Sagar lets academia have it:
We can now see that Williams was not lazy: he spent an immense amount of time reading and thinking,…Read more »
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
[From Sotiris Triantis]
An intellectual adventure
Joseph Jacotot (born in 1770) was a French teacher who discovered something remarkable in the education process.…Read more »
[A post from Jason Durso]
The popular understanding of Zen philosophy is that it is painfully frustrating, contrived and lies outside the realm of rational discourse. Rather than offering some sort of platform for discussion or some set of assertions which can be systematically analyzed and negotiated into a personal system of meaning the proponents of this view will often resort to vague claims such as ‘Zen doesn’t have a system of beliefs’,…Read more »
…I cannot outline the spiritual problems of modern man without giving emphasis to the yearning for rest that arises in a period of unrest… It is from need and distress that new forms of life take their rise,…Read more »
We’re barely more than a day away right now from our interview with Frithjof, which he says he’s “thrilled” about, and I’m certainly looking forward to as well, though I can picture any number of things going less than ideally as I introduce these two known elements (Frithjof on the one hand and Seth/Wes/Dylan on the other) to each other.…Read more »
Editor’s Note: Thanks for this submission from listener and long-time supporter Laura Davis, covering a story that we likely wouldn’t have gotten around to writing about here ourselves.