Philosophy Archive

Tracking a Decade of Reading: What I’ve Learned

In January 2005, on a whim, I created a spreadsheet with four simple columns: Title, Author, Genre, Month Read. I wasn’t sure I’d keep up with this record, but it seemed worthwhile and was simple to maintain, evolving as I added columns to track other details and eventually migrating the whole thing from Excel

3 for Thursday: 3 Reasons to Question the Existence of the Soul

From split-brain patients to brain-control interfaces, every new scientific discovery appears to be slowly taking away the role and necessity of the soul and giving it to the brain.

What If My Younger Self Friended Me on Facebook?

If by some strange experiment of internet time travel you were friended by your younger self on Facebook, would accept it?

Is Human Morality Found in Our Primate History? A Review of The Bonobo and the Atheist

In "The Bonobo and the Atheist," Frans de Waal challenges religion's top-down morality and explores the similarities of humans, chimps, and bonobos.

3 for Thursday: 3 Studies on the Problem of Religious Identity

New studies say something about religious identity and their perils in family, job prospects in the American South, and in defining a country.

The World You Want or the World You’ve Got: A Review of The Cave and the Light

In the "The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization," Arthur Herman (author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World) introduces the hell out of Plato and Aristotle.

Quoted: Galileo on Evidence Versus Authority

"It appears to me that those who rely simply on the weight of authority to prove an assertion, without searching out arguments to support it, act absurdly." ~ Galileo

Quoted: Maya Angelou on Taking Action

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." ~ Maya Angelou
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