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A collection of recent (and not so recent) writings in philosophy, political thought, and other stuff..
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Envisioning the future of technology

Envisioning the future of technology | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Speculating about emerging technologies.
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Theory of mind and the belief in God.

Theory of mind and the belief in God. | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
The scientific jury is still out on whether our species is unique among social mammals in being able to conceptualize mental states—other species, such as chimps, dogs, scrub jays and dolphins, may have some modest capacity in this regard.
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Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases

Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
A developing model of infectious disease shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease — are a result of things people do to nature.
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JPS: The Jean-Paul Sartre Navigation System.

JPS: The Jean-Paul Sartre Navigation System. | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

As a traveler with volition to soar beyond guidance, you implore me to recalculate. The world spins beneath the satellite’s gaze and all roads re-converge. In four miles, affirm again that there exists no exit. Hell is other commuters.

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Is Philosophy Literature?

Is Philosophy Literature? | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Analytic philosophy is reputed to be overly dry and technical, but a host of 20th century works are lyrical, engaging and a delight to read.
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Graphing the history of philosophy

Graphing the history of philosophy | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
This one came about because I was searching for a data set on horror films (don’t ask) and ended up with one describing the links between philosophers. To cut a long story very short I’...
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Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton's comment, June 28, 2012 2:21 PM
Thanks, Nigel. This is a gem.
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On Fear by Mary Ruefle

On Fear by Mary Ruefle | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
I suppose, as a poet, among my fears can be counted the deep-seated uneasiness that one day it will be revealed that I consecrated my life to an imbecility. Part of what I mean—what I think I mean—by “imbecility” is something intrinsically unnecessary and superfluous and thereby unintentionally cruel.
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'Hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation': 10-Year-Long Game of 'Civilisation' Predicts Grim Future for Humanity

'Hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation': 10-Year-Long Game of 'Civilisation' Predicts Grim Future for Humanity | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
'Hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation': 10-Year-Long Game of 'Civilisation' Predicts Grim Future for Humanity...
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CBC.ca | Ideas | The Malaise of Modernity, Part 1 - 5

CBC.ca | Ideas | The Malaise of Modernity, Part 1 - 5 | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor is Canada's best known and most widely read contemporary thinker. In books like Sources of the Self and A Secular Age, he has attempted to define the unique character of the modern age. He maps the fault-lines in our modern identity, and points to both the pitfalls and the promise of our condition. Charles Taylor has also been active in politics, having run four times for Parliament during the 1960s. IDEAS producer David Cayley surveys Taylor's thought in a series of extended conversations.

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Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton's comment, June 11, 2012 11:14 AM
Sonia, I am still trying to digest Taylor's work. I am going to read some reviews (from your site) and think some more. So far, though, it's been difficult to disagree with him.
SoniaE Rodríguez's comment, June 12, 2012 2:10 AM
Sure! :D
I'm doing my PhD Thesis on Taylor, and it's very difficult to find arguments against his ideas.
Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton's comment, June 12, 2012 11:54 AM
Sonia, I am glad to hear that you are working on Taylor for your Ph.D. I am working on mine in a similar area right now. I sent a suggestion to you from Elizabeth Shankman Herd. You may have seen it already, but she had a few critiques of Taylor. But you are right, it's tough to disagree with him.
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Close Encounters of the Cancer Kind: Is Philosophy a Preparation for Death? | Talking Philosophy

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Is The World An Idea? - NPR (blog)

Is The World An Idea? - NPR (blog) | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

Is The World An Idea?NPR (blog)Plato was one that made the divide between the world of ideas and the world of the senses explicit.


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Harvard sociobiologist E.O. Wilson on the origins of the arts | Harvard Magazine May-Jun 2012

Harvard sociobiologist E.O. Wilson on the origins of the arts | Harvard Magazine May-Jun 2012 | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Sociobiologist E.O.Wilson on the evolution of culture...
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Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012

A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world's most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2 = 4; the sky is blue.
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Notes Towards a Philosophy of Sleep | Philosophy Now

Notes Towards a Philosophy of Sleep | Philosophy Now | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

The column you’re reading is at least in part the result of an accident – a happy one, I hasten to add. A few weeks ago, I was sitting on a panel with the philosopher Christopher Hamilton, discussing the question of whether a world without pain is an appropriate goal for mankind or whether pain serves some additional positive purpose other than the obvious biological one of directing us away from things that might harm us (a topic, perhaps, for a future column).

 

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Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?: An inquiry into why there is something rather than nothing.

Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?: An inquiry into why there is something rather than nothing. | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I care about nothing. Meaning I care about the ongoing argument about the meaning of nothing, not that I don’t care about anything. One has to be careful in discussing nothing.

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Intellectual Balkanization and the Internet.

The internet is a wonderful thing.  As in no previous time in history, anyone with a connected computer can search the world’s store of knowledge, interact in real-time with people halfwa...
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Everything You Wanted to Know About the So-Called 'God Particle' but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know About the So-Called 'God Particle' but Were Afraid to Ask | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
An animated explanation of the Higgs Boson...
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Adam Smith: The Morality of the Invisible Hand | Standpoint

Adam Smith: The Morality of the Invisible Hand | Standpoint | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

"Das Adam Smith Problem" — that problem was put to us a century-and-a-half ago by a German economist (August Oncken, little known today except for that memorable phrase), and we are still wrestling with it. At issue is the apparent contradiction between The Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments — between the political economist and the moral philosopher.

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dialectica Annual Lecture given by Kit Fine at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division conference 2011.

dialectica Annual Lecture given by Kit Fine at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division conference 2011.
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The Flaws in Defending Morality With Religion | Against the New Taboo | Big Think

The Flaws in Defending Morality With Religion | Against the New Taboo | Big Think | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

When we think of those opposed to homosexuality – which still sounds weird to me, like opposing left-handed people* – or stem-cell research or euthanasia, we tend conclude they’re justifying themselves because of religion. But, as with almost anything underpinned by religion, the pendulum swings both ways: religious people also support these. And, perhaps without energy or recognisable ability to justify their moral decisions, many often fall back on their god’s say-so to provide a foundation for their otherwise empty assertions that certain things are right or wrong.

 

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Slavoj Žižek: 'Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots'

Slavoj Žižek: 'Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots' | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
A genius with the answers to the financial crisis? Or the Borat of philosophy?
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Animal Rights and the Predation Problem

The latest issue of the Journal for Applied Philosophy contains an excellent article by Ebert and Machan on what’s known as ‘the predation problem’. To summarise; the predation problem is supposed to demonstrate, via reductio ad absurdum, that animals cannot have rights because, if they did, moral agents would be required to defend animals against other animals.

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Simple food rules from Michael Pollan | Ideas At The House

Simple food rules from Michael Pollan | Ideas At The House | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” You can’t argue with that typically straight talking piece of food advice from Michael Pollan, best selling author, celebrated journalist and long time real food advocate.

 

Another Pollan favourite of ours: steer clear of “edible food like substances” – all the things we eat that are no longer the products of nature but of food science.

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Kohlberg's Moral Stages

An outstanding example of research in the Piagetian tradition is the work of Lawrence Kohlberg. Kohlberg has focused on moral development and has proposed a stage theory of moral thinking which goes well beyond Piaget's initial formulations.

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How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death

How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
For a small group of researchers and their patients facing death, psychedelic drugs aren’t a hippie palliative. They’re a new way to approach the most dire time of life.
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