The Philosopher's Zone
Mottainai: a philosophy of waste08/22/15
Mottainai combines elements of Buddhism and Shinto to create a nuanced approach to the environment and wasteful practices.
Can you really upload your mind? Better get your theoretical assumptions right before you push that button.
What is it to dream?
Dreams and dreaming really stirred up Rene Descartes. And so they should, because dreams bring up a bunch of conceptual matters that largely remain unresolved.
Life as a matter of death
Socrates famously declared the philosopher’s life to be a preparation for death. Somehow, through the centuries, this urgent message has been lost.
On consent: No means no, but does yes mean yes?
Everybody agrees that non-consensual sex is seriously wrong. But what exactly is it to be non-consensual?
Marriage: is it all the same?
Same-sex marriage, marriage equality, redefining marriage—seeking the light in a heated debate.
The complexity of evil
Extreme acts of deliberate cruelty test our capacity to make sense of actions. It's good that we can reach for the ‘E’ word—or is it?
Romantic love in the 21st century needs some attention
Romantic love in the 21st century needs some attention—and we’ll give it some.
Blinded by sex—gender and the brain
What if women and men were both partly from Venus and partly from Mars? Apart from collapsing book sales, what would that do the idea of natural kinds?
Battle of the time lords
It was the day a philosopher and a physicist slugged it out—in the red corner was Albert Einstein, in the blue was Henri Bergson—and their bone of contention was the true nature of time.
The will of the people: multitude or mob?
Thomas Hobbes thought of the multitude as a mob and redemption possible only through a social contract, but the idea of the will of the many remains at the heart of direct democracy.
John Gray on the burden of freedom
Freedom—leave it to marionette puppets or God—John Gray on our hellish groundhog day.
Sometimes it’s hard to get that balance just right—between heart and mind. Public art might be able to tell us something about locking into creative sync.
Big data—then what?
It's been called the fourth revolution, but what do we really understand about the infosphere? If only it were as simple as being on or off.
Crossing the threshold
When choosing to become a vampire isn't that far off from choosing to become a parent.
Bringing words to heel
The origins of language are tough to pin down. A new theory promises a breakthrough—but what does it have to do with dogs?
Some think the traditional family has a lot to answer for; but there still might be some good arguments for it.
Humans in the Anthropocene
How seriously should we take the threat of climate change in the age of the Anthropocene? The end of the world has been predicted before, so is the wolf howling again?
Free speech—one each
After Charlie Hebdo it seems that all bets are off. But is free speech really worth defending to the death?
Mind the brain
Hard-wired, experiential, or just upbringing? The truth about the mind-body split.
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