Long piece by Mary Midgley on “the mythology of selfishness.” She makes lots of good points to counter simplistic evolutionary psychological thinking a la Dawkins. But I’m not sure she gets everything right either.
Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US. Hmm, I’m afraid it’s a fait accompli, at this point.
Barbara Ehrenreich suggests that there is a selfish side to the latest craze in positive psychology: gratitude exercises.
What should our attitude be toward a past from which we benefited, and yet that is objectionable on moral grounds? If you were born because the Holocaust happened, for instance.
Scientific American’s John Horgan is moving, and while packing he came across a number of reminders of why he has been so critical of certain aspects of science.