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Controversial Speeches on Campus Are Not Violence

Controversial Speeches on Campus Are Not Violence | Random cool ideas | Scoop.it
A claim increasingly heard on campus will make them more anxious and more willing to justify physical harm.
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Forever Now on

After several years together, William and Cecilie break up. The same night, to treat the sorrow with love, they decide to do the drug MDMA together. For better or…
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Half-Truths, Non-Truths, and Louis C.K.

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If you want to figure out why standup comedy has become the most romanticized American art form of the past decade—and there are numerous factors, I’m sure, from podcasts to YouTube to … well, basically, it’s the Internet—you could start by reading the long e-mail that Louis C.K. blasted to his fans on Tuesday, moments
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can an art form that changes in order to elicit a certain reaction (laughter) from the audience be considered an art form? This article makes the case that Louis CK's standup develops in order to identify basic truths. A basic truth is known to be a basic truth when everyone recognises it. This most unpretentious of art forms requires the masses to tell its creator that it has reached its desired destination.
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Slavoj Žižek | Issue 122 | Philosophy Now

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In a London café, Anja Steinbauer chats with the philosopher who invented the word ‘idiosyncratic’.
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Mindful Self-Acceptance? Bad Idea According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers.

Asian philosophies have proven extremely influential in the United States, but are they being interpreted correctly? Frequently not, says Harvard Chin
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Being true to yourself/ finding your real self. When you look inside yourself you are probably just finding habits and other constraints which you've constructed over a lifetime.
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If Progressives Don’t Wake Up To How Awful Obama Was, Their Movement Will Fail

If Progressives Don’t Wake Up To How Awful Obama Was, Their Movement Will Fail | Random cool ideas | Scoop.it
Could you ask for a more perfect bookend to Obama’s blood-soaked neocon abortion of a presidency than his receiving $400,000 to give a speech at a health care conference organized by a Wall Street…
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Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless - Reason.com

Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless - Reason.com | Random cool ideas | Scoop.it
Saving Broken science and Daniel Sarewitz and New Atlantis and false positives
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Humanities Greatest Challenges Aren't Technical – They're Human | Nichol Bradford

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is incomplete as we commonly know it. Later in his life, Maslow wrote about a stage beyond self-actualization. Nichol Brandfor
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Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

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A man committed a horrible crime. Then he decided he no longer wanted to be a bad person. It is possible to change our personalities, psychologists say, even though we like to think they're innate.
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Scientific Regress

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I'm not surprised. Message to everyone: stop being so god damn confident.
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In search of serendipity

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It means more than a happy coincidence. And it’s under threat from the internet 
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For the first time in a long time, the internet surprised me. I searched for one thing and found something unrelated. Here is the story...

 

Reading "The Double" by Dostoevsky, I came across the french term "sans facons". It means informal. When I think of something informal, I think of something which doesn't have a very specific protocol laid out for it. Expectations are loose, and one can look forward with interest rather than feed our pathetic attraction to certainty. When I perform a search on google, I find precisely what I expect to find, along with a sidebar filled with stories that claim to be news, but in truth are mild variations of past stories. Of course, the journalists and the headline writers (I have a hunch that that's an actual job. Kind of like SEO.)  try their best to explain why this time the news represents something truly unique. 

 

I digress. I bumped into this website http://www.sansfacon.org/  which led me to a guy named Eric Laurier who write papers about really dumb things which require a lot of smartness to write. His academic papers have an honesty to them. They don't claim that their revelations are important. Because let's face it, some of us are really tired of proving to ourselves and justifying that what we do matters.

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Why Isn’t the World a Matriarchy?

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gender differences in personality are way larger in cultures that offer more egalitarian gender roles and opportunities. This is not what one would predict if men’s and women’s preferences were exclusively constrained by cultural forces.

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Truth: A Guide For The Perplexed, by Simon Blackburn

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Once upon a time, he tells us, philosophers believed in absolute truth. Then along came relativism, the doctrine that no truths are absolute. In Blackburn's analogy, a relativist is like an archer who shoots an arrow at a barn door, paints a target around it and claims a bull's-eye: "There is no success or failure in this game."
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The Darker Side of Aaron Swartz

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The computer programmer who helped develop Reddit was brilliant and beloved. But the people who knew him best saw another side. Larissa MacFarquhar reports.
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How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality

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Fast food did not just find its way to low-income neighborhoods. It was brought there by the federal government.
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Meaning-Seeking, Self-Transcendence, and Well-Being

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The purpose of this keynote address is to present the thesis that meaning-seeking and self-transcendence express our spiritual nature and ar
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Is Intersectionality a Religion?

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It’s the latest academic craze, and in practice it veers far from principles of liberal democracy.
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Every social movement has flaws which will be exposed in the future. These movement would benefit from recognising this and trying to identify these flaws even while remaining dedicated to the movement

shudder with the knowledge of this eventuality and keep yourself open to your critics. 

In the case of the social justice movements, I believe their weakness is their fixation on identity politics at the expense of individual stories. Race, gender, sexuality etc are definitely important elements of the stories that people tell about themselves as they are important to those trying to understand their stories. But a minority person is also a person whose challenges are much more than the disadvantages conferred on them by the dominant class. Their stories aren't one dimensional and to pretend that they are is, in a sense, another way to insist on their otherness and deny them their equal status as individuals. To understand someone only in terms of their group is to deny them the sort of creative self understanding we allow the dominant class to have. We deny the owner of his/her story the possibility of complexity and mystery.

On a similar vein, it is insufficient to understand the extent of someone's privilege, to know the groups they belong to. Oftentimes the cumulative privileges of say a white straight male isn't enough to leave him in a more advantaged place than that of a lesbian black woman. Sometimes, for some people, someone's internal demons are stronger than the demons unleashed by society on the other. Perhaps something a bully told him in the fourth grade fucked him up so bad, that when everything is taken into account he is disadvantaged relative to someone who purportedly carries less privilege than him.

Dialogue is the only available tool. Sure, it feels good to be angry but remember why you are part of this movement - to change the way people think and feel. The only way to do this is with dialogue. So mask your anger and try to touch other people by telling them why you think they're wrong. Besides changing their minds you might learn something about the deficiencies of your own view
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Learning to be kind to yourself has remarkable benefits – Mark Leary | Aeon Essays

Learning to be kind to yourself when you (inevitably) make mistakes could have a remarkable effect on your happiness
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Raw Concepts: Adlerian Psychology

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I would like to revisit Alfred Adler's theory of psychology, which I discussed already in my post Theaters of Opera
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