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A History of Tom's Cheating from Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton

This exclamation, however, aroused my ire against Tom; and as I always looked upon him as my special paid henchman, who, in return for such services as supplying me with tiny boxing-gloves, and fishing-tackle, and bait, during my hale days, and tame rabbits now that I was a cripple, mostly contrived to possess himself of my pocket-money, I had no hesitation in exclaiming,'Why, Tom, you know you're drunk, you silly old fool!'At this Tom turned his mournful and reproachful gaze upon me, and began to weep anew. Then he turned and addressed the sea, uplifting his hand in oratorical fashion:—'Here's a young gentleman as I've been more than a father to—yes, more than a father to—for when did his own father ever give him a ferret-eyed rabbit, a real ferret-eyed rabbit thoroughbred?''Why, I gave you one of my five-shilling pieces for it,' said I; 'and the rabbit was in a consumption and died in three weeks.'But Tom still addressed the... Read More ›

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HISTORY, ART AND AKBAR NAQVI: HM Naqvi in Dawn: In Ways of Seeing, John Berger, the late, great, British art critic, posits that, “The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe. ...


Yuval Harari: People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows: Yuval Harari in the New York Times: In “The Knowledge Illusion,” the cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach...


Ghalib's Life and Times: From Columbia University Press: This selection of poetry and prose by Ghalib provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the preeminent Urdu poet of the nineteenth ...


Pervez Hoodbhoy Lecture: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Age of Global Terrorism


Great moments in obscure rock 'n' roll: Love, "You Set the Scene," 1967: Love emerged from the Southern California folk-rock scene in the mid-1960s, though never achieved the fame of others in that mil...


In Memoriam: Hubert Dreyfus (1929-2017): He spent most of his career at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was emeritus. Best-known for his interpretations of Heidegger and Foucault, as w...


Bruce "country club" Rauner's campaign to destroy public higher education in Illinois: He’s doing a terrific job....


The mind needs to think about things outside itself: This post is about justification: the justification of perceptual demonstrative beliefs by uptake from perception, and of many of the beliefs we expr...


The latest on the CEU's battle for survival in Hungary: Philosopher Katalin Balog writes: Not much has changed in the situation concerning CEU. The anti-CEU law has passed and is in place. After some ea...



Episode #21 - Mark Coeckelbergh on Robots and the Tragedy of Automation


A SUNDAY MORNING CRI DE COEUR: I am not a happy warrior. I am not one of those admirable people who enjoys the fight. I do not wade into a struggle for economic justice or gender equality or environme...


A History of Tom's Cheating from Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton: This exclamation, however, aroused my ire against Tom; and as I always looked upon him as my special paid henchman, who, in return for s...


Earth Day: Caring for the environment is important, but I’ve never celebrated Earth Day. This is because it is largely a propaganda tool for the left, used to define what caring for the environmen...


Airaksinen on Berkeley’s Theological Ethics: The 11th and final chapter of Idealism and Christian Theology is “Idealistic Ethics and Berkeley’s Good God” by Timo Airaksinen. This is a ...


Yuval Harari: People Have Limited Knowledge. What’s the Remedy? Nobody Knows

Yuval Harari in the New York Times: In “The Knowledge Illusion,” the cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach hammer another nail into the coffin of the rational individual. From the 17th century to the 20th century, Western thought depicted individual human beings as independent rational agents, and consequently made these mythical creatures the basis of modern society. Democracy is founded on the idea that the voter knows best, free market capitalism believes the customer is always right, and modern education tries to teach students to think for themselves. Over the last few decades, the ideal of the rational individual has been attacked from all sides. Postcolonial and feminist thinkers challenged it as a chauvinistic Western fantasy, glorifying the autonomy and power of white men. Behavioral economists and evolutionary psychologists have demonstrated that most human decisions are based on emotional reactions and heuristic shortcuts rather than rational analysis, ... Read More ›

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Ghalib's Life and Times
From Columbia University Press: This selection of poetry and prose by Ghalib provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the preeminent Urdu poet of the nineteenth century. Ghalib's poems, especially his ghazals, remain belo...Read More ›

Pervez Hoodbhoy Lecture: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Age of Global Terrorism
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This Is Your Brain On Music
Rick Nauert in Psych Central: New research discovers that your favorite music, be it Willie Nelson, Bach, the Beatles, or Bruno Mars, triggers a similar type of activity in your brain as other people’s favorites do in theirs. Music is ...Read More ›

Saturday Poem
Chaos A Venetian critic named Bruno Alfieri saw: (in Jackson Pollok’s work) —chaos —absolute lack of harmony —complete lack of structural organization —total absence of technique, however rudimentary —once again, chaos                 ...Read More ›

The Weirdness of Juggling Many Different Roles at Work
Jessica Brown in NY Magazine: It’s very likely that, even in the last 24 hours, you’ve switched so seamlessly between being a friend to an employee, boss to parent, or customer to neighbor, that you didn’t even notice yourself doing it....Read More ›

Primo Levi’s If This is a Man at 70
Philippe Sands in The Guardian: I was 19 when I first read If This Is a Man, and the book filled a gap created by the shadows cast across an otherwise happy childhood home by Auschwitz and Treblinka: my maternal grandparents, rare survi...Read More ›

This Is Your Brain On Music: Rick Nauert in Psych Central: New research discovers that your favorite music, be it Willie Nelson, Bach, the Beatles, or Bruno Mars, triggers a similar type of activity in...



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Saturday Poem: Chaos A Venetian critic named Bruno Alfieri saw: (in Jackson Pollok’s work) —chaos —absolute lack of harmony —complete lack of structural organization —total absence of technique, howev...


The Weirdness of Juggling Many Different Roles at Work: Jessica Brown in NY Magazine: It’s very likely that, even in the last 24 hours, you’ve switched so seamlessly between being a friend to an employ...


Primo Levi’s If This is a Man at 70: Philippe Sands in The Guardian: I was 19 when I first read If This Is a Man, and the book filled a gap created by the shadows cast across an otherwise happy childho...


The Double Game of Egyptian Surrealism: How to Curate a Revolutionary Movement: Jonathan Guyer and Surti Singh in the Los Angeles Review of Books: "We find absurd, and deserving of total disdain, the r...


Scientists have created a fluid with negative mass – but what does it tell us?: Hannah Devlin in The Guardian: Scientists have created a fluid that exhibits the bizarre property of “negative mass” in a...


Confetti hobbies - a different take on passions of philosophers outside of philosophy (Alison Reiheld): by Alison Reiheld, Assoc. Prof of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies at Southern Illinois ...


On Being Conditioned to Fail: 3. You don’t need to feel like you’re succeeding. There are some days where you’ll feel successful, but not many. Again, you may have completed 1-2% of a project, but often...


Friedrich Schiller: [New Entry by Lydia L. Moland on April 21, 2017.] Johann Christoph Friedrich Schiller (1759 - 1805) is best known for his immense influence on German literature. In his relatively s...


Will the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the partisan gerrymander?: This is a really, really, really important case. My law school colleague Nicholas Stephanopoulos is responsible for the theory that p...


APA Member Interview: Eric Brown: Born and raised in Ohio, Eric Brown studied philosophy and classics at the University of Chicago, with brief but fruitful sojourns at the Universities of Cambridge and ...


Kipnis on sexual assault and harassment: Wise thoughts from Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa: Some of my colleagues around the philosophy world have recently been discussing Laura Kipnis’s new book, Unwa...


Islamic terrorists for LePen: They cast their vote, early....


Invitation to workshop: World Government or Else?: WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE? The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war particularly stand out. Some t...


Universalizing Tactical Voting: I regularly come across two objections to tactical voting, i.e. voting for Lesser Evil rather than Good in hopes of defeating the Greater Evil candidate. One objection i...


Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev: To see things clearly you must get yourself out the way. That was Matthew Arnold’s dictum but those great writers and artists who have affected us deeply and perm...


Explaining the A Priori in Terms of Meaning and Essence: It wasn’t just the positivists who thought there was a tight connection between meaning and truth in the case of a priori propositions:Howe...



Common Sense, Science Fiction, and Weird, Uncharitable History of Philosophy


OVERDETERMINATION: Buried in the flood of comments posted recently on this blog have been several allusions to the term “overdetermined” as used by Louis Althusser and some of those influenced by him. ...


Useful for me now: [It is a mistake to give] an absolute meaning to the epithet useful, which, in truth, has no more meaning if taken by itself than the words high, low, right, and left. It simply desig...