Pinker’s Pollyanna Philosophy and Its Perfidious Politics

by Jessica Riskin edited by O Society Dec 17, 2019 “Intellectuals hate reason,” “Progressives hate progress,” “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery.” No, wait, those last two are from a different book, but it’s easy to get mixed up. Steven Pinker begins his latest — a manifesto inspirationally entitled Enlightenment Now — with a contrast … Continue reading Pinker’s Pollyanna Philosophy and Its Perfidious Politics

Ex Nihilo & Turtles All the Way Down

edited by O Society October 3, 2019 The following anecdote is told of William James. After a lecture on cosmology and the structure of the solar system, James was accosted by a little old lady. "Your theory the sun is the centre of the solar system, and the earth is a ball which rotates around … Continue reading Ex Nihilo & Turtles All the Way Down

The Riddle of the Vampire Duck

Take a look at this: "What if Trump Supporters Love Chaos As Much As He Does?" by Ed Kilgore in Intelligencer.  This article attempts to answer the BIG question of why Trump's supporters stick with him with such fervor.  Great question, but somehow "addiction to chaos" does not seem to be the answer.  How about … Continue reading The Riddle of the Vampire Duck

Einstein Got His Understanding of Time from Hume

Centuries before Albert Einstein, David Hume recognised universal time, independent of an observer’s viewpoint, doesn’t exist by Matias Slavov edited by O Society August 27, 2019 In 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the philosopher and physicist Moritz Schlick, who had recently composed an article on the theory of relativity. Einstein praised it: The Collected Papers … Continue reading Einstein Got His Understanding of Time from Hume

There are no eternal facts as there are no absolute truths

edited by Marmalade and O Society June 12, 2019 "A lack of the historical sense is the traditional defect in all philosophers.” Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche The Traditional Error of Philosophers.—All philosophers make the common mistake of taking contemporary man as their starting point and of … Continue reading There are no eternal facts as there are no absolute truths

How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

We are all governed by the passions, opinions, and feelings of those like us by Rachel Cohon Institute Art & Ideas  edited by O Society May 13, 2019 “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them,” Scottish … Continue reading How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us

by Francisco Mejia Uribe Aeon edited by O Society May 3, 2019 One of the hallmarks of existentialism is its particular emphasis on the concept of ‘anguish’, understood as the feeling we experience when we grasp our radical responsibility in defining who we are – individually and as a species. If human beings have no predetermined essence … Continue reading Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us