Zizek on On-Line Dating

Zizek on On-Line Dating

“Philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek dislikes the sense of self-commodification and self-manipulation innate in online dating.”

Watch it to the end to hear his idea of “ideal sex”…..he’s an odd fella/philosopher to say the least!

#philosophy #slavojzizek #onlinedating

http://bigthink.com/videos/online-dating-and-synthetic-sex?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox#link_time=1469229379

Is Kierkegaard Still Relevant?

Is Kierkegaard Still Relevant?

“There is a general tendency in the non-philosophical world to dismiss philosophy as being purely theoretical, with no connection to the types of problems that people are confronted within their everyday lives. But this is not necessarily true. Many philosophers struggled to find ways to improve people’s lives, by drawing attention to, and making people think about, fundamental aspects of life. A good example would be Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).”

#philosophy #kierkagaard

https://philosophynow.org/issues/115/Is_Kierkegaard_Still_Relevant_Today

Fondane on Reason

Fondane on Reason

“There’s a great portrait of Benjamin Fondane by the surrealist photographer Man Ray on the front cover: Fondane looks down towards his cupped hands, slightly above which floats his dismembered head looking at us, or the camera. It is a playful image with an uneasy edge: this is a portrait of the philosopher as magician, and yet it is also an image of someone contemplating their own decapitation. It suggests that Man Ray had read Fondane’s philosophy, which basically asks: what is reason’s role in our lives? Which of those two heads is, as it were, the boss? The image is both that of rationality doubled – as if to say “two heads are better than one” – and of rationality annulled; it is one of surrealism’s more sophisticated jokes.”

#philosophy #reason

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/20/existential-monday-by-benjamin-fondane-review-sideways-look-at-philosophy

One Philosopher’s Take on Brexit

One Philosopher’s Take on Brexit

“Philo­sopher Sla­voj Žižek returns to South­bank Centre with a talk on power and betrayal in the wake of Brexit. Žižek explores what the ref­er­en­dum res­ult tells us about the rise of pop­u­lism and the bal­ance of power today. Žižek dis­cusses one of his main con­cerns: the link between know­ledge and power, and how often those who con­trol know­ledge also keep power for them­selves. Fol­low­ing on from Brexit and with pop­u­list move­ments gain­ing momentum around the world, how is this link between know­ledge and power being manip­u­lated to bene­fit elites?”

#brexit #philosophy #slavojzizek #zizek

http://mariborchan.si/video/slavoj-zizek/power-betrayal-and-brexit/

Martha Nussbaum on Grief & Aging

Martha Nussbaum on Grief & Aging

“Nussbaum is monumentally confident, intellectually and physically. She is beautiful, in a taut, flinty way, and carries herself like a queen. Her voice is high-pitched and dramatic, and she often seems delighted by the performance of being herself. Her work, which draws on her training in classics but also on anthropology, psychoanalysis, sociology, and a number of other fields, searches for the conditions for eudaimonia, a Greek word that describes a complete and flourishing life.”

#philosophy #grief #marthanussbaum #aging

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/martha-nussbaums-moral-philosophies

Teaching Kids Philosophy

Teaching Kids Philosophy

“There are many attempts to improve student performance which result in a host of measures, ranging from misguided to inspired. Such efforts include not assigning students homework, recalibrating standardized tests to account for unfair background advantages, or subjecting students to the hard-to-fathom Common Core standards. But a recent endeavor in the UK found another solution which actually appeared to have worked – the students were taught philosophy!”

#philosophy #education

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/teaching-students-philosophy-will-improve-their-academic-performance-shows-study?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox#link_time=1468878372

Arguing with Kindness

Arguing with Kindness

Not one of my favourite philosophers (on the topic of consciousness), but great points/suggestions nevertheless. Next time you are about to engage in a debate, online or otherwise, try this out. I often try, but am not always successful so just need more practice I guess. 🙂

1: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.

2: You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).

3: You should mention anything you have learned from your target.

4: Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

#philosophy #arguments #danieldennett

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/03/28/daniel-dennett-rapoport-rules-criticism/

Is “Science” The Answer to All our Problems?

Is “Science” The Answer to All our Problems?

“Scientism” is the belief that all we need to solve the world’s problems is – you guessed it – science. People sometimes use the phrase “rational thinking”, but it amounts to the same thing. If only people would drop religion and all their other prejudices, we could use logic to fix everything.”

“The myopia of scientism, its naive utopianism and simplistic faith, bears an uncanny resemblance to the religious dogmatisms that people such as Tyson and Dawkins denounce.”

#scientism #science #philosophyofscience

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096315-a-rational-nation-ruled-by-science-would-be-a-terrible-idea/#.V4P7q0gQn1U.facebook