Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In praise of platitudes

  • Almanac: E.M. Forster on sorrow
    “There’s enough sorrow in the world, isn’t there, without trying to invent it.” E.M. Forster, A Room with a View Continue reading Almanac: E.M. Forster on sorrow at About Last Night.... Read more
    Source: About Last Night Published on: 2020-11-12

OH, AND HOW THEY RESPONDED!  I asked one simple question to people who work with fraud

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour uses anniversary of Kristallnacht to compare Trump to Hitler:

She continued as images of Nazi book burnings flashed across the screen, saying, “and in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history, and truth. After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden/Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth.”

That is what we call a non sequitur — not even a clunky transition from marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht to praising the 2020 Democratic ticket.

“What it all comes to is the purposeless of everything, life, the universe, even the number 42” — Alex Rosenberg (Duke) begins an exchange of letters with Daniel Dennett (Tufts)

A well-known disabled philosopher who is quite possibly the most active advocate for other disabled philosophers is unemployed and now faces eviction. — Shelley Lynn Tremain discusses her situation and asks for your assistance

In praise of platitudes — Amod Lele (Boston University) on what we need to hear

Who studies philosophy? — a poster listing and a flyer series featuring public figures who have studied philosophy, from the APA

“The survival and flourishing of liberal polity may well also require the presence of illiberal parties and commitments in order to maintain liberalism’s own vitality and thereby the vitality of the whole.”— Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on a positive aspect of Trump’s presidency

The complete first season of Five Questions — 26 episodes of a podcast in which Kieran Setiya asks philosophers five questions about themselves

“The genes for autism drove the evolution of human invention” — empathizers, systemizers, autism, and ingenuity

All about inverted spectrums — Jonathan Cohen (UCSD) discusses the philosophy and science of them on the latest episode of Reductio with Andrew Lavin

The hidden pleasures of intellectual life — Zena Hitz (St. Johns) in conversation with Robert Talisse

A new blog series on meaning — edited by Steven DeLay (Woolf), at 3:16 AM

“I think that philosophers would do well to have a more capacious notion of both philosophy and brilliance” — an interview with Amia Srinivasan (Oxford)

The John Stuart Mill Cup is a tournament in which teams of high school students in the UK match wits with each other discussing ethical issues of public concern — organizer Ben Sachs (St. Andrews) is looking to expand its reach; contact him for details

Do you find yourself “wobbling and toggling between perspectives, being unable to relax into a single framework to make sense of things”? — that might be “zozobra,” as Francisco Gallegos (Wake Forest) & Carlos Alberto Sánchez (San José State) explain

Cruise line resumed voyages in Caribbean. It’s not going well [Updated] Ars Technica

Fences Can Cause ‘Ecological Meltdown,’ Study Finds TreeHugger

Experience: my parachute failed Guardian

Today I Learned’: 40 Interesting Things People Haven’t Learned At School Bored Panda

Government climate adviser urges Boris Johnson to act now to be ‘credible’ on crisis Independent

Egypt unveils scores of ancient coffins, statues found in Saqqara Al Jazeera