Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Innocent November French - 700-year-old handwritten copy of Maimonides’ “Guide of the Perplexed” is going up for auction

The Innocent’ Review: A Heist With a French Accent A light, enjoyable confection of a film that is built upon an amusingly absurd premise.

November 2015 - French Film Festival in March 2023

The Little-Known World of Caterpillars New Yorker 

Great apes reach momentary altered mental states by spinning Primates

  1. “In a mob, we voice the same conclusions because we defer to others or because we ape them… In a public conversation, we correct and challenge each other, so it is no stroke of fortuity when we find ourselves in accord” — Anastasia Berg (Hebrew) & Becca Rothfeld (Harvard) distingush two forms of collective speech
  2. “Socrates,” the dream said, “make music and work at it” — Jenny Judge (NYU) shared this quote from the Phaedo. She’s a philosopher making music (check out her “Block of Amber“). Who else among you is?
  3. “Something to push against, something to argue with, and even if you disagree with it, engaging with it helps to make your thinking about matters of justice richer” — Martin O’Neill (York), Fabienne Peter (Warwick), and Jonathan Wolff (Oxford) on the ideas of John Rawls & his critics on the BBC’s “In Our Time”
  4. “The kind of philosophy I love is the kind of philosophy that embraces ambivalence and contradiction” — Amia Srinivasan (Oxford) in conversation with artist Paul Chan

  1. Soldier, whistle-blower, philosopher, sufferer of mental illness, and “a journey, all the way to the grave, that didn’t need to be” — the (ongoing) story of the late Ian Fishback
  2. The methods & questions of philosophy “change under the influence of many forces, among them answers given by philosophers of an earlier age, the prevailing moral, religious and social beliefs of the period, the state of scientific knowledge…” — an appreciation of Isaiah Berlin’s history of philosophy, from Dan Little (UM-Dearborn)
  3. 700-year-old handwritten copy of Maimonides’ “Guide of the Perplexed” is going up for auction — bidding starts at $129,250