Sunday, September 06, 2020

“Dear Miss Arendt…”

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself. 

 ~Jiddu Krishnamurti


Gabbie like my godsons  are geniuses of a kind one would be lucky to a share meal in many  life times ... 😇

Polish Belvedere and Tasmanian No Clothes Are Match in Spiritual Heaven

His Mind Forever Voyaging - NOEMA

“He is,” said the philosopher John Gray in one of the opening speeches, “one of the great thinkers of our time … a genius of a kind one would be lucky to meet in several lifetimes.”

Gray then gave everybody a route map into Lovelock’s mind. He said he relies “on a kind of mosaic thinking, in which a pattern of ideas surfaces in the mind and shows the way forward.” Mosaic thinking is the reason his ideas often sound, at first, confusing or just strange. He thinks like few other people. And the way he thinks cannot be separated from what he thinks.

Angela Mendelovici reviews The Value of Emotions for Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan), by Laura Candiotto (ed.)

Time of the Magicians, by Wolfram Eilenbergerreviewed by Jonathan Rée at The Guardian


 “I’m willing to engage—usually, and unless people are just trolling or monstering or gaslighting or sealioning me—because that’s what philosophers do: they replace conflict with dialogue” — Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University) interviewed by Jean Kazez (SMU)

“Dear Miss Arendt…” — a 1975 note from Joe Biden to Hannah Arendt (via @Helenreflects on Twitter)

“The data support something that could be referred to as rationalist pessimism: rationality is real, but rare” — Hanno Sauer (Utrecht) argues that attacks on human rationality from social psychology and behavioral economics aren’t as devastating as some believe

CNN – “This dog can sing … or at least it can yodel. The New Guinea singing dog, an extremely rare breed, is best known for its unique barks and howls — it’s able to make harmonic sounds that have been compared to the calls of a humpback whale. Only around 200 captive singing dogs live in conservation centers or zoos, the descendants of a few wild dogs captured in the 1970s. 

A discussion of quantum spacetime, “the idea that our familiar spacetime might be actually emergent from some complex quantum mechanical system” — with Sean Carroll (Caltech) and Siddharth Muthukrishnan (Pitt), on “Natural Philosophers”

Epistemic corruption by YouTube algorithm — Fabio Tollon (Bielefeld) on autoplay, conspiratorial content, bottom-up seduction, and a murder

20 philosophers on the pandemic — in the new—and open access—issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine

“In the current activities of police and law enforcement, we can see the seeds of the response to climate crises” — Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò (Georgetown) explains


Bacteria on the outside of the International Space Station survived for years in the vacuum of space Salon (original).

How Bacteria-Eating Bacteria Could Help Win the War Against Germs NYT

The Fintech Debt Trap The Intercept

The Next Frontier Investor Amnesia. Real estate.

The Conscience of Silicon Valley GQ. Jaron Lanier

Electric car costs to remain higher than traditional engines FT

The Big Tesla Hack: A hacker gained control over the entire fleet, but fortunately he’s a good guy Electrek

The Mystery House: How a Suspicious Multimillion Dollar Real Estate Deal Is Connected to California’s Deadliest Fire Pro Publica

California’s Prison Chief is Retiring Amid Virus, Protest Pressure NBC