Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 114

Fire and Fury TrumpHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

Sometimes I believe in string theory. Then I wake up.

Tom Brady is drowning in his own pseudoscience. But he’s selling it to you at very steep prices.

The problem with naturopathic pseudoscience.

Publicly we say me too, but privately we have misgivings, say a number of feminists.

Fire and Fury is the perfectly postmodern book for a postmodern Presidency.

Computers are making generalists of us all. And that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Turns out, there is more than some reasonable doubt about the idea of a backfire effect and other recent “discoveries” of social psychology. Not all is lost for reason and evidence.

Improving ourselves to death.


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61 thoughts on “Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 114

  1. wtc48

    Socratic: “In the 1950s, at Washington University in St. Louis, psych and music departments teamed up to see what other scales might be aesthetically and psychologically pleasing.” My first piano teacher was a pioneer of quarter-tone music back in the 1920s, and had two pianos in her living room tuned a quarter-tone apart. The sound was wonderfully weird.

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