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The peculiar philosophical assumptions of Daniel Dennett
It is no accident that Daniel Dennett has gained such a wide readership. He is always fun to read. He has few equals at explaining complex topics, and his positive theories are never boring. But his public would do well to take those theories with a pinch of salt. They are by no means the latest scientific insights that he cracks them up to be. The real source of his views is rather a set of peculiar philosophical assumptions that he acquired more than half a century ago.
philosophy 
10 weeks ago by mymarkup
How to Be a Stoic - The New Yorker
When a difficulty comes your way, you should feel proud and excited, like “a wrestler whom God, like a trainer, has paired with a tough young buck.” In other words, think of every unreasonable asshole you have to deal with as part of God’s attempt to “turn you into Olympic-class material.” This is a very powerful trick.
philosophy  life 
february 2017 by mymarkup
Why read old philosophy? | Meteuphoric
Here’s my explanation. Reading Aristotle describe his thoughts about the world is like watching Aristotle ride a skateboard if Aristotle were a pro skater. You are not getting value from learning about the streets he is gliding over (or the natural world that he is describing) and you should not be memorizing the set of jumps he chooses (or his particular conceptualizations of the world). You are meant to be learning about how to carry out the activity that he is carrying out: how to be Aristotle. How to do what Aristotle would do, even in a new environment.
philosophy 
january 2017 by mymarkup
The new dualism of information and data science – The Occasional Informationist
There are, he argued, two approaches: one which emphasises data, pattern, syntax, and quantitative methodology; one which favours information, meaning, semantics, and qualitative methods. There are forces pulling the two apart in the data science and information science disciplines, creating a divide which, he believed, would be terrible if it were to become permanent.
ideas  philosophy  datascience  informationscience 
may 2016 by mymarkup
The Death of Socrates - Aeon Video
A close look at the artistry and ethics of French painter Jacques-Louis David’s ‘The Death of Socrates’. Aeon video:
art  philosophy  from twitter_favs
may 2015 by mymarkup
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