This is the brainpickings.org weekly digest by Maria Popova. If you missed last week’s edition — Bertrand Russell on what makes a fulfilling life, an illustrated celebration of the many meanings and manifestations of love, an immigrant’s tale — you can catch up right here. And if you’d like to try something new/old, I’ve launched another newsletter that… Read More Sharing my fav Newsletter – Brainpickings.org weekly digest.
The Hermetic Revival: 7 Ancient Principles For Self-Mastery via The Hermetic Revival: 7 Ancient Principles For Self-Mastery
William Shakespeare eloquently summarized the existential nihilist’s perspective when, in this famous passage near the end of Macbeth, he has Macbeth pour out his disgust for life: Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more; it is… Read More I’m Right – You’re so Wrong – Nihilist Perspective today
“Every dogma has its day.” via Funny Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2EECBRY
NOT IN YOUR STARS BY HARRIET HALL, M.D. Astronomy is science; astrology is superstition, mythology, and pseudoscience. Depending on how surveys ask the question, anywhere from 22 percent to 73 percent of people believe astrology is valid. Horoscopes still appear regularly in newspapers. Over 90 percent of adults know their zodiac sign. It never occurs… Read More Reality or Trickerty – Via Skeptic Newsletter
The Veil of Ignorance Justice is blind, should we be? (Mural of Lady Justice by Alex Proimos. (Wikimedia Commons)) This experiment was devised by John Rawls in 1971 to explore notions of justice in his book A Theory of Justice. Suppose that you and a group of people had to decide on the principles that… Read More 7 Thought Experiments that will make you question everything
The Genetic Fallacy If I am made up of DNA, am I a double helix? If one thing comes from another, do they have to share traits? This might seem like a convenient bias to have. However, do redwood trees seem to have much in common with their seeds? The genetic fallacy is the assumption… Read More The Genetic Fallacy and Double Helix