Plato’s weekend suggestions

readingsHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

There is no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger, says Martha Nussbaum (taking more than a hint from the Stoic’s playbook).

Apparently, most Americans don’t wish to use science to build “better” human beings, whatever that means, but most of the negative responses come from deeply religious people.

Jill Stein, the Presidential candidate for the Green Party, probably isn’t really anti-vaccines, and possibly doesn’t believe in homeopathy. But she sure panders to those constituencies.

Multiple causality and the usefulness of causal handles.

You can’t really be happy if you are a victim of injustice or exploitation, which is what the technologists of joy tend to overlook.

We careen from outrage to outrage, but forget each one very quickly: it’s doomsday every afternoon.

Minfdulness may not be for everyone, and beware of when it’s marketed as a cheap solution to structural, rather than personal, problems.

The complex history of the word “clean.”

91 thoughts on “Plato’s weekend suggestions

  1. marc levesque


    From the general point of view that Christianity set out to grow, spread and be resilient, I think it’s fair to say it met with success.


    I really enjoyed the article on causal handles, and I look forward to your views on the subject.


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