Personal, Weekly Round-Ups

The Week I Went Swimming Again

Finally, things are starting to stabilise. Rather than having no energy at all, I have a teensy bit of energy, which lets me do about one thing requiring exertion per day, unless I am having a Particularly Bad Day, in which case no things are done.

That’s much better than being able to do one thing per week, though.

The doctors have said I can try doing a bit of exercise again, and as someone who normally swims every day, the fact that they recommended swimming was highly pleasing.

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Books, Ethics

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Sometimes I read a book and think it’s something everyone should read. It happens rarely, because different people like different things, etc. But it does happen. And A Righteous Mind is one of those books.

I think it’s especially important for people who, like me, consider themselves politically liberal and find themselves stunned by conservative reasoning. How is it possible that they just don’t care, you think, shaking your head in despair at yet another tweet coming from the wrong side of the gun control argument, or the abortion argument, or something else that plucks at your ethical guitar and makes an out-of-tune twang.

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Academia, Books, Philosophy

The Right Kind of Fantasy: An Evening with Roger Penrose

Roger Penrose is my favourite living physicist. He has had a prolific career to date, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

I first encountered Penrose’s work after reading In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat by John Gribbin. The book sparked my interest in quantum physics, and after a while I stumbled upon The Emperor’s New Mind and then Shadows of the Mind by Penrose.

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Books

Britney Spears Book Tag

A while ago, Bee of Vivatramp posted a Britney Spears book tag, and I thought I’d give it a go, because books + Britney = ❤

If you’d like to do it, consider yourself tagged!

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Academia, Books, Philosophy

Fear And Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard

Fear And Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard is my favourite book. I re-read it every so often, because one can never have too much Kierkegaard.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from one of the times I read it. I’m sure there will be more to revisit at a later date.

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Books

On The Genealogy of Morality by Nietzsche

I read Nietzche’s Genealogy when I was about eighteen, sitting in a little hut selling tickets to a local festival. The sun was warm and the town was generally silent. A little river ran past the foot of the lawn where the hut sat. At lunchtimes I bought freshly made sandwiches from the local deli and ate them standing on the bridge, watching the river flow. It was a serene and tranquil environment; perfect for reading philosophy.

Here are some quotes from the book.

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