Saturday, September 25, 2021

Social Media Dragons:: Social Media Is Attention Alcohol

 Their members use secret handshakes and coded language. In temples, they don ancient regalia, helmets, or masks. Thanks to their veils of secrecy and archaic symbols like the All-Seeing Eye, outsiders find fraternal orders endlessly fascinating. But what does it all mean

Social Media Is Attention Alcohol

A fun product has the same downsides as booze. Instagram’s own internal research makes the case better than any critic.

Bats in Laos caves found to carry coronaviruses that share key feature with Sars-CoV-2 The Straits Times

When Your Wife and Dance Partner Doesn't Show Up To Her Audition on America's Got Talent!!!

The roots of secret societies, spooky and silly Rituals, actual power and exclusion, and who are the Freemasons now?

A very thorough report by Lisa Hix on Collectors Weekly. Read it here


Russian Film Crew Beats Tom Cruise to Liftoff, Readies First Feature Shot in Outer Space Variety

FBI Scandal Over Sexually Abused Gymnasts Rises to Criminal Level, Says Inspector General.

How to Hide Your House From Nosy People on Google, Apple, Bing Maps

Lifehacker: “With the rise of increasingly convenient features such as street-level 360º photos available on Google Maps and other competing mapping services, there’s always a risk your personal data will be captured in a publicly available photo in a way you’d rather avoid—whether than means the outside of your house or the location where you park your car. If you face this kind of a problem, there’s a simple solution available in many cases—you can ask the mapping service to blur or remove the picture. We’ll going to show you how to do that on the most popular mapping services…”

  1. Nietzsche’s Life and Works, by Robert Wicks.
  2. Arthur Schopenhauer, by Robert Wicks.
  3. Material Constitution, by Ryan Wasserman.
  4. Leibniz on Causation, by Marc Bobro.


  1. Chisholm’s Epistemology, by Richard Legum.


  1. Companions in Guilt: Arguments in Metaethics, by Christopher Cowie and Richard Rowlands (eds.) is reviewed by Luke Elson. 
  2. Authority and the Metaphysics of Political Communities, by Gabriele De Anna is reviewed by Johan Brännmark. 
  3. Art Scents: Exploring the Aesthetics of Smell and the Olfactory Arts, by Larry Shiner is reviewed by Benjamin D. Young. 

1000-Word Philosophy  ∅     

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Recent Philosophy Book Reviews in Non-Academic Media        

  1. Making AI Intelligible: Philosophical Foundations by Harman Cappelen and Josh Dever is reviewed by Paul Dicken at Los Angeles Review of Books.
  2. The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century by Amia Srinivasan, along with other books, is reviewed by Helen Lewis at The Atlantic.