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Tag Archives: philosophy

Oct
30
2016

Religious Bathwater

I’ve been reading Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists. De Botton’s big idea is that the least interesting thing about religion is whether its claims about God are true. We should be more interested in the fact that religions have had a couple of … Continue reading

May
25
2014

In Which Sturgeon’s Law Explains Everything

In 1951 Theodore Sturgeon was giving a talk about science fiction when someone in the audience noted that “90% of science fiction writing was crap”. Sturgeon shot back that “90% of everything is crap”. This observation came to be known as Sturgeon’s … Continue reading

Nov
16
2013

Moral Instincts Don’t Scale

Excellent idea that I never thought of before… The first half of this bloggingheads video is about Paul Bloom experiments showing how very young babies have a well-developed moral sense. In the second half of the video, Paul & Bob … Continue reading

Oct
28
2013

A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

I haven’t seen a good Ted talk in ages then two come along together. Alain de Botton has a recipe for happiness. Chip Kidd has a recipe for beauty which is almost the same thing.

May
26
2012

I’m Free

I read two articles this morning. The first was about the nature of the activity that we call science. The author uses the example of Anaximander’s realization that the Earth is not flat to illustrate what he believes to be … Continue reading

May
26
2012

Philosophical Comprehension

Here’s a quick way to test whether you understand what’s going on or whether you are still clueless like me. Scenario There are three people on a bus going to the beach. One person says “Does anyone want a newspaper?” … Continue reading