3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked

by Lee McIntyre Conversation Feb 6, 2019 The life choices which led me to be sitting in a booth underneath a banner that read “Ask a Philosopher” – at the entrance to the New York City subway at 57th and 8th – were perhaps random, but inevitable.   I’d been a “public philosopher” for 15 years, so … Continue reading 3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked

The Super Bowl is a showdown of America’s dueling values: commerce and conscience

Super Sunday is the biggest promotion of capitalism in the world. But is there any room left for social conscience? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Guardian Feb 3, 2019 The Super Bowl is a three-way bare-knuckle brawl between the perpetually dueling American values of competition, commerce and conscience. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Let Them Eat Pigskin This year’s … Continue reading The Super Bowl is a showdown of America’s dueling values: commerce and conscience

Evan Rachel Wood Shares Her Experience In A Mental Hospital (Echochamber Friday)

Welcome to EchoChamber Friday, when we intentionally read articles we usually wouldn't so we don't become frogs in a well. See how the other half lives. Listen to voices we usually block out. This one is about mental illness. Crazy folks. Maybe she's crazy. Maybe I'm crazy. Maybe you are crazy. No worries. The world … Continue reading Evan Rachel Wood Shares Her Experience In A Mental Hospital (Echochamber Friday)

16-year-old tells Davos delegates if the planet dies, she’s blaming them

by Heather Landy in Davos Quartz Jan 25, 2019 Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who called the world to attention last month at the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference, brought her stark message to the World Economic Forum this week, telling the global elites who converged on Davos, Switzerland, that she would hold them accountable for not doing … Continue reading 16-year-old tells Davos delegates if the planet dies, she’s blaming them

The American Dream is Killing Us

by Mark Manson Imagine this: you’re a kid again, and you want to sell lemonade in your neighborhood. So you set up your little lemonade stand with your cardboard sign written in crayon and get to work. The first day, one person comes and buys some lemonade. Then the second day, two people come. Then … Continue reading The American Dream is Killing Us

The love of stuff

The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough by Nick Thorpe Aeon On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for … Continue reading The love of stuff

Why We’re All Better Off Working for the Collective Good

“Rational self-interested maximizers” ruin the world… by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Jan 19, 2019 One of the most damaging popular ideas is the belief that the best outcomes emerge from everyone pursuing their “self-interest” in a free market. There is a kind of “folk libertarianism,” affirmed even by people who do not self-identify as libertarians, that … Continue reading Why We’re All Better Off Working for the Collective Good