It’s tempting to think science gives a God’s-eye view of reality. But we forget the place of human experience at our peril by Adam Frank, Marcelo Gleiser & Evan Thompson Aeon Jan 8, 2019 The problem of time is one of the greatest puzzles of modern physics. The first bit of the conundrum is cosmological. To understand … Continue reading The blind spot
For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative. by Cheryl Misak Aeon Jan 23, 2019 Vienna in the 1920s was an exciting place. Politically, it was the time of Red Vienna, when the municipal government experimented with radical democratic reforms in housing, healthcare, education and worker’s rights. … Continue reading What is Truth? Philosophy must be Useful
A Review of The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper by Edward Curtin Global Research Very few Americans are aware of the truth behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Few books have been written about it, unlike other significant assassinations, especially JFK’s. For almost fifty years there has been a media … Continue reading The Government which Honors MLK with a National Holiday is the Same One which Killed Him
Today’s populist resurgence has us rethinking the role these movements play in U.S. politics. by OSHUA ZEITZ Politico Jan 14, 2019 Imagine, if you will, that millions of hard-working Americans finally reached their boiling point. Roiled by an unsettling pattern of economic booms and busts; powerless before a haughty coastal elite that in recent decades … Continue reading Historians Have Long Thought Populism Was a Good Thing. Are They Wrong?
by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy
by Glenn Greenwald Intercept Jan 14, 2018 LAST WEEK, the New York Times reported that the FBI, in 2017, launched an investigation of President Trump “to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security” and specifically “whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” The story was … Continue reading The FBI’s Investigation of Trump as a “National Security Threat” is Itself a Serious Danger. J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic
Most people don’t understand how tax rates work, and the wealthy exploit this lack of knowledge. by Kevin Mathews Care2 Jan 8, 2019 When new Congressional phenom Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently floated a 70 percent marginal tax rate to help pay for the Green New Deal, the panicked response from Americans exposed an important truth: most people don’t … Continue reading What Is a Marginal Tax Rate? The Rich Are Misleading You