Miscellaneous, Personal, Philosophy

A Quick Question About History In The Future

When history looks back on you, assuming you’re not a direct perpetrator of injustice, which statement will be made about your life?

“They stood up for what was right, even though it was unpopular.”
“They couldn’t really help it, they were just a product of their time.”

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Books

30 Books That Have Influenced My Life

On Tuesday I turned thirty. Happy birthday to me.

I’m making up for never talking about or celebrating my birthday in the past by themeing a few posts around the number 30 this week. Also because it’s easy to come up with post titles that way, and I’m feeling lazy. Continue reading “30 Books That Have Influenced My Life”

psychology

Unsociability and the ethics of the unconscious

In my quest to focus more on academic work this year, I’m ploughing through papers in psychology and philosophy. Without a university email address this is unfortunately quite expensive, but them’s the breaks when you’re an independent scholar.

This week I read two papers: The Ethical Relevance of the Unconscious in Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, by Farisco & Evers; and Does It Matter When We Want To Be Alone? Exploring Developmental Timing Effects in the Implications of Unsociability in New Ideas in Psychology, by Coplan, Ooi & Baldwin.  Continue reading “Unsociability and the ethics of the unconscious”

Miscellaneous

Quote Of The Day Challenge: Day One

The lovely Magpie at Midnight tagged me in this, so hop on over and take a look at her blog! I’m especially enjoying her ‘Objects with Meaning‘ series where she shows us various things around her house that hold some kind of meaning to her, but she also makes pretty art which you should check out too.

This is a simple tag game, the rules of which are as follows:  Continue reading “Quote Of The Day Challenge: Day One”

Books

Reading List #9: Gardening, Philosophy, Poetry, And The Book of Dust

PHILIP PULLMAN RELEASED A NEW BOOK and this made me so excited that of course I had to go and buy it straight away.

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Books

Metamagical Themas by Douglas Hofstadter

While I am, in general, an obscenely fast reader, some books deserve to have an entire week dedicated to them. Metamagical Themas is one such book.

The book is a great philosophical work that spans many different subject areas, from language to artificial intelligence to Rubik’s cubes. It is an accumulation of Hofstadter’s columns written for Scientific American, along with a few lectures he gave on other occasions.

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Personal

A realisation and some significant changes

Today I came to a realisation that can be summed up in a sentence that sounds fairly simple, but has taken me an embarrassingly long time to grasp:

Just because you’re good at something, that doesn’t mean you have to do it.

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