Sunday, October 11, 2020

Viking Mind

Is there such a thing as "the Viking Mind," a shared sensibility and worldview that emanated from medieval Scandinavia?  Viking Mind  

Sir Peregrine Worsthorne obituary | Media | The Guardian

What’s the deal with getting and using CBD oil in Australia?

SHOCKING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE:  Sex remains important to women through middle age, survey shows.


Warrumbungled! A Bloodied T-Shirt and a Mars Bar - circa 2016 

 I just compared the book to the film too! Trees, Woods, Forests! (2) : A Walk in The Woods – Bill Bryson (Audio Book to Movie) I think we had the same conclusion on this one

This book, had I not already been attracted by its premise, would have jumped into my hands during any bookshop crawl. Such an attractive sleeve, but the endpapers are a masterstroke. So evocative of a Scottish summer’s day trapped inside by the weather!

Such is the experience of the families holidaying in a dilapidated Scottish cabin park on the banks of bonny Loch Lomond – except the bonniness is hard to see, given the 24-hour drenching that is ahead. It is a day when they are in effective lockdown, a boring day in which activity is curtailed, and yet the interior worlds of the 12 narrators are anything but boring.

“If normal life isn’t worth writing about”, said Moss at her recent EIBF event “then those normal lives aren’t worth living.” So with perception, masterly authenticity of voice and droll wit, Moss captures that day from 12 points-of-view: a child, surly, occassionally foul-mouthed teenagers, a young couple, mums, dads, the middle aged “learning to live comfortably with disappointment”, the retired living with their memories or perhaps the loss of them. She captures too their resentments: the young resent the old, the old resent the young, the Scottish resent the English (though not necessarily the English holidaying at the park). They all resent the outsiders. - Summer Waters

 Writing philosophy means confronting “a many-branching regress” of explanation and defense with every sentence — which is one reason it is so hard, says Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside)

“The biological definition of sex shouldn’t be the battleground for philosophers and gender theorists who disagree about the definition of ‘woman’” — Paul Griffiths (Sydney) on how biological sex is–and isn’t–important

“If you’re not getting multiple journal rejections, you’re not doing your job right” — that’s what Arash Abizadeh (McGill) tells his grad students, and to inspire them he created a “CV of Rejections”

“Engaging with your perception on an analytical level… makes a difference in the quality of your experience by fine-tuning your brain to its input” — Ann-Sophie Barwich (Indiana) on sensory expertise, consciousness, the philosophy of perception, and wine

“Ask a Philosopher” on public radio in NY — Ian Olasov (CUNY) and Denise Vigani (Seton Hall) on the show All of It.

A philosopher says goodbye to academic freedom — “It may seem counter-intuitive that a job higher up the organizational chart should come with a reduction in freedom, but it makes sense,” says Shannon Dea (Regina)

“The case against Hume is that his racism is not a minor aberration in his thought, but a significant element of his larger views” — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) shows how we can “confront the complicity of our heroes in justifying really important evils”

Lifehacker: “Spotify rolled out its new “lyrics search” feature into all of its apps without fanfare, so you’re excused if you had no idea it even exists. (How many of us spend time typing out I would choke on the rinds, but the lack thereof would leave me empty inside into the search fields of our favorite music apps?) But now if you do so within Spotify’s iOS, Android, or desktop apps, you’re search results will deliver the exact song those lyrics come from. (In this case, Eve 6’s ‘90s jam, “Inside Out.”) On your mobile apps, Spotify will even let you know that it performed a lyric search when listing out the matches it finds…”