Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 107

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

What to do when your favorite philosopher is a bigot.

The father of virtual reality sees serious problems with Silicon Valley.

Power causes damage to the brain. Seriously.

What do we do with the art of monstrous men?

Should we have had enough of George Orwell?


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  1. On other thought on the “obtuse artist” (Allen) piece and the “un-woke” philosophers one. This is why I “follow” ideas first, people second. I’m reminded of Mortimer Adler, George Seldes and others, writing and editing books about “Great Thoughts” or “Great Ideas,” not “Great Thinkers” or “Great Idea-Generators.”

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  2. Brodix: “It would seem nature is a conspiracy and civilization is a theory.”

    I’ll go along with the second statement, but I see the conspiracy as our project to validate human exceptionalism.


  3. Socratic,

    People identify with biography, but it does get in the way.


  4. Cousin, on Celine, of most import to this week’s readings, is Burroughs and Ginsburg still visiting him. Weird.


  5. wtc,

    That’s my basic point.
    Nature is. Civilization is seeking an ought that keeps eluding us.


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