Sunday, March 24, 2019

Learning While You Sleep Isn’t Just A Fringe Idea

Is Practicing Philosophy In Public A Good Thing?

It is one thing to share information about philosophy and another to offer non-philosophers a way of participating in the activity. Public philosophy aspires to liberate the subject from its academic confines: to put philosophy into action. Is that a good thing? I’m not sure it is. –The Point
Call it what you want – the fix, the bunco, the gyp, the sting – what exactly is it that we find so compelling about con artistsBS Artists  

After Eve Babitz dropped a lit match on herself while driving, she gave up writing. Now she stays home and listens to conservative talk shows... How Eve Babitz Found Home

Learning While You Sleep Isn’t Just A Fringe Idea

Nope. Studies are showing, more and more, that the people who listen to information while they sleep may actually be learning it pretty well. For instance, in a recent study, “68 German students were asked to learn some new Dutch words before 11 p.m. Half the students were allowed to go to sleep while the words were played back to them. The other half stayed awake while listening to the words.” Guess who learned the words? – The Wall Street Journal

How Nightclub Culture Drives Popular Culture

Anyone with anInstagramaccount, a fashion magazine subscription or an interest in social activism is ultimately engaging with club culture. Nightlife is like an angel investor in pop culture, silently incubating grassroots movements and social moments, and since the first iterations of the disco, clubs have been a breeding ground for cultural experimentation. – The Guardian

Of Critics, Bullies And Trolls – How Do You Tell Which Is Which?

Famous people who spend a lot of time online become especially defensive; experts point to the explosion of social media for the increase in conflating bullies with critics. After all, bullying has been around forever. Now, there are just more opportunities for anyone to weigh in on any subject they want, and it’s far more likely the intended target will see or hear the criticism. – Washington Post

“It’s as if we were playing for a number of different teams at once, each with different uniforms, and as though—and this is the main thing – we didn’t know which one we ultimately belonged to, which of those teams was really ours.”
Havel on the Human Condition

“I’m not sure. If you’re doing it right, it’s a byproduct of all your actions and all your choices and what you’ve created.”
Bruce Springsteen: ‘You can change a life in three minutes with the right song’