Category Archives: Plato’s Suggestions

Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 130

The eros between Socrates and Alcibiades

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

Do corporations have character? I’m not convinced, but interesting post by Julian Baggini nonetheless.

The erotics of mentorship.

Why we should bulldoze the business school.

Philosophers should be keener to talk about the meaning of life.

The serious ethical implications of a real (pig) brain in a vat.

The real value of religion is not in what it promises to deliver in the afterlife, but in what it delivers in the here and now.

A well balanced article on the tension between armchair and experimental philosophy.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 129

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

How much is a word worth? Not much, turns out. Which is bad news for journalism.

From flat-pack coffins to water cremation: how to have an eco-friendly death.

Have algorithms destroyed personal taste?

Why restaurants became so loud, and how to fight back.

How dying offers us a chance to live the fullest life.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 128

student evaluations and hotnessHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

Another atheist / skeptic leader gets in trouble over claims of sexual harassment and assault.

Dear Humanities profs, we are the problem.

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment.

How to deal with “losing” the Nobel Prize.

Are Student Evaluations Really Biased by Gender? Nope, They’re Biased by “Hotness.”

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 127

wine not so good for youHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

The three things that justify a feeling of achievement.

Is science hitting a wall? (part II here)

Why Julian Baggini does not meditate.

How to serve a deranged tyrant, Stoically. (Any reference to current political figures in the US is most definitely on purpose.)

Wine in excess of (small) recommended daily serving will shorten your life, significantly.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 126

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

Is meditating on death like putting on a fur coat in summer? (spoiler alert: no)

The History and Psychology of the Orgy.

The language of strategic planning (doesn’t make it any more meaningful of an exercise…).

The only thing you ever really need to read about (and, as bonus, by!) Jordan Peterson.

Particle physicists begin to invent reasons to build the next larger particle collider.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 125

put down the smartphoneHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

As If! An entirely uninspiring review of what nevertheless sounds like a really fascinating book by Anthony Appiah.

Jordan Peterson and fascist mysticism.

The dark truth about chocolate. (It’s not a health food, just a pleasant treat.)

What we know and don’t know about losing weight. We know that low carbs vs low fats doesn’t make a difference. And genetics neither.

Put down the damn smart phone! It’s rude, and it’s bad for your health.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 124

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

Why moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral.

The Infernal Library: books written by tyrants big and small.

We may disagree about morality, but not all the way down. Which means there is always room for dialogue.

The consciousness deniers, a natural history.

Sorry, but Hawking’s final paper is utterly unremarkable, and does not give us a way to prove the existence of parallel universes.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 123

Oscar Wilde and leisureHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

A really scary and thoughtful article on the rise of populism and the decline of liberal democracy.

Is it possible to train yourself to be a psychopath?

We should definitely talk about the future of leisure.

The multiworse is coming! The multiworse is coming!!

We should take seriously the move from the information age to the reputation age.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 122

aliens at RoswellHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

A cultural anthropological field trip among the ufologists.

Is biography a thoroughly reprehensible genre? Or maybe only partially so?

Do you have any mirage friend? Should you get rid of them?

Someone familiar with the environmental literature checks Steven Pinker and finds him wanting. Again.

A different take from the currently dominant one on Monica Lewinsky.

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Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 121

laughing at jokesHere it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend:

Psychologist discovers world’s funniest joke. Meh, it’s okay.

In praise of unfinished novels, a literary genre of its own.

You call that a sport??

The real reason many Americans stay poor. (Hint: it has nothing to do with them being lazy over-spenders.)

Pinker is disdainful and condescending, sympathetic to humanity in the abstract, but impervious to the suffering of actual human beings.”

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