Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:
A brief history of television through the life of Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone.
The philosophy of behavioral genetics, a book review by my friend and former collaborator Jonathan Kaplan.
The rise of dataism: computers will soon know you much better than you do. Or will they?
I’ve read the new U of Chicago statement on trigger warnings and safe spaces, and I can’t find anything to object to…
Philip Kitcher as a model modern philosopher who escapes narrow interests.
Modern constitutionalism as an attempt to avoid repeating the mistakes of the late Roman Republic.
Will liberal democracy be threatened by the rise of artificial intelligence?
Dan Dennett doesn’t think much of contemporary analytic (or continental) philosophy.
The American national anthem is racist and colonialist. Perhaps it’s time to change it?
Why did Michael Crichton confuse Deinonychus and Velociraptor? On the philosophy of paleontology.
Western philosophy has seen two great periods: Ancient Greece and the European Enlightenment.
More philosophy of paleontology: are ammonites (scientifically) more important than dinosaurs? I go for foraminifera…
Watch psychologists rationalize increasing evidence of widespread failure in their field.
The myth of the moral brain and the limits of moral enhancement.
Unfortunately, Tom Wolfe seems to have gone down the deep end. Too bad.
A postmodern sounding essay on what may (or may not) come after postmodernism.
Speaking of the national anthem, why do Americans play it before every domestic sports event?
On the complex nature of friendship.
We need to bring back an appreciation of the cyclical into our lives.
Life either survived or evolved quickly after the Late Heavy Bombardment of the Archaean stage.
GMO labeling and the pathological lack of transparency of the food industry.
The multifaceted and controversial virtue of patience.
Another “we don’t have consciousness” article. It’s becoming a cottage industry. I’m quite conscious of it.
Mother Teresa was no saint, study finds (again).
A badly flawed libertarian argument against democracy (as bad as the latter truly is).