Philosophy & Drugs

Philosophy & Drugs

“The Tab’s survey of more than 5,000 students at 21 British universities reveals that 87% of philosophers polled had taken drugs, compared with 57% of medical students. Why this discrepancy? Is it because philosophy is easier than medicine and thus offers more recreational downtime? Really? Is grasping the Kantian noumenon less demanding than dissecting corpses?”

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/shortcuts/2013/may/22/why-philosophy-students-do-most-drugs?utm_content=buffer9f082&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Philosophy, Neuroscience and Free Will

Philosophy, Neuroscience and Free Will

“To be aware of ourselves as free agents is not to have an experience. There’s no special tickle which tells you you’re free, no “freedom itch.” Rather, to be aware of the fact that you acted freely is, among other things, to know that had you preferred to do something else in those circumstances, you would have done it. And in many circumstances we clearly know that this is the case, so in many circumstances we are aware that we act freely. No experience is involved, and so far there’s no question in Bear’s article for science to answer.”

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http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/philosophy-versus-neuroscience-on-the-question-of-free-will/

Plato on Friendship and Eros

Plato on Friendship and Eros

“Plato discusses love (erôs) and friendship (philia) primarily in two dialogues, the Lysis and the Symposium, though the Phaedrus also adds significantly to his views. In each work, Socrates as the quintessential philosopher is in two ways center stage, first, as a lover of wisdom (sophia) and discussion (logos), and, second, as himself an inverter or disturber of erotic norms. Plato’s views on love are a meditation on Socrates and the power his philosophical conversations have to mesmerize, obsess, and educate.”

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http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/plato-friendship/