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?

What is Freedom?

by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs edited by O Society April 19, 2019  Today I gave a talk to Alabama college students on the subject of “freedom.” They were a delightful group with excellent questions and I really enjoyed hanging out with them. Below is the prepared text of this speech: I am asked to talk … Continue reading What is Freedom?

A Clockwork Orange: Waiting for the Sun

  Society should not do the wrong thing for the right reason, even though it frequently does the right thing for the wrong reason. by By Doug “Uncola” Lynn  Burning Platform History shows us what happens when you try to make society too civilized, or do too good a job of eliminating undesirable elements. It … Continue reading A Clockwork Orange: Waiting for the Sun

Evidence-based tips for teaching empathy in children

by Gwen Dewar Parenting Science Teaching empathy? Might sound strange if you think of empathy as an innate, fixed trait -- a talent that some people are born with, and others lack. But empathy isn't an all or nothing proposition. It isn't something that unfolds automatically, in every situation. It isn't even a single ability … Continue reading Evidence-based tips for teaching empathy in children

Lessons From Chomsky

Some things I’ve learned from his writings… by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Dec 7, 2018 It has been 50 years since Noam Chomsky first became a major public figure in the United States, after publishing his essay “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” which argued that American academics had failed in their core duty to responsibly inquire … Continue reading Lessons From Chomsky

What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

by Christian Jarrett British Psychological Society - Research Digest It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers and there’s clearly a lot of variation between individuals, … Continue reading What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

How to Destroy Neoliberalism: Kill ‘Homo Economicus’

Debunking the failed paradigm of traditional economics. By Nick Hanauer Evonomics Oct 13, 2018 the great attraction of humanism is not that it holds us to a higher standard, but that it asks us to hold ourselves to a higher standard. It’s relatively easy to do the right thing because of a looming reward or punishment—even in an afterlife. … Continue reading How to Destroy Neoliberalism: Kill ‘Homo Economicus’