How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

We are all governed by the passions, opinions, and feelings of those like us by Rachel Cohon Institute Art & Ideas  edited by O Society May 13, 2019 “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them,” Scottish … Continue reading How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

The Others: My Childhood in a Cult

by Guinevere Turner New Yorker May 6, 2019 Where are you from?” For most people, this is a casual social question. For me, it’s an exceptionally loaded one, and demands either a lie or my glossing over facts, because the real answer goes something like this: “I grew up on compounds in Kansas, Los Angeles, San … Continue reading The Others: My Childhood in a Cult

Consuming Stuff: The Polluting World of Fashion

by Graham Peebles Counterpunch edited by O Society May, 8, 2019 The interconnected environmental catastrophe is the result of a particular lifestyle; a materialistic way of life relentlessly promoted by mass media and governments throughout the industrialized world and beyond. Consuming stuff, most of which is unnecessary, is the key ingredient; excess is championed, sufficiency … Continue reading Consuming Stuff: The Polluting World of Fashion

Neo-Liberalism and the New Normal

by Scott Preston Neo-liberal economics and the so-called “New Normal” are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing processes. Not too many people actually appreciate this, which is one reason we are having a devil of a time with both. The “New Normal”, as we have discussed previously, is characterised by an epidemic of the “four d’s” of … Continue reading Neo-Liberalism and the New Normal

Can the Americanized West Ever Stage a Real Rebellion?

by Jason Hirthler CounterPunch edited by O Society May 3, 2019 The great religious fabulist Billy Graham once crooned to his audience of wide-eyed acolytes, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” The assembled flock then fell into a rousing rendition of, “How Great Thou Art.” … Continue reading Can the Americanized West Ever Stage a Real Rebellion?

Greta Thunberg teaches us about as much about autism as climate change

The young environmental activist shows us being different is a gift. Yet too often, people with autism still face cruel treatment by Ian Birrell Guardian edited by O Society April 23, 2019 ‘She admitted her passion was partly down to viewing the world in stark terms.’ Greta Thunberg addressing a climate protest in Rome, April … Continue reading Greta Thunberg teaches us about as much about autism as climate change

Conspiracy Theories and Epistemic Fluency: understanding the challenge

by Tim Hayward edited by O Society April 19,2019 Conspiracy Theories have become an object of considerable academic research lately. Yet they present a particular conundrum for scholars. At present, there is a significant rift within the field of studies relating to conspiracy theories. Much of the most prominent and highly funded work is being done … Continue reading Conspiracy Theories and Epistemic Fluency: understanding the challenge