Footnotes to Plato

Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 91


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

There is one thing that futurists have in common: they are very, very often completely wrong in their predictions.

The metaphysics of pregnancy, and why it matters.

Understanding why the Ancient Greeks (culturally) perceived colors differently from us.

The neuroscience of why you need to pick your friends carefully.

The new aspirational class, and what they don’t get.

True altruism seen in chimpanzees, further elucidating the building blocks of human morality.

Why religious identities should not be immune to criticism.

What do we mean when we say that we are “entitled” to our opinions?

Is the world really better than ever? (Yes, but that’s kind of missing the point…)

My contribution to the Beard-Taleb “debate” on Roman history and cultural diversity. Taleb immediately labeled me “Professor of Bullshit,” because that’s how proper academic discourse ought to be conducted, of course.


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