Hannah Arendt's 60s struggle session and the right side of history
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been really discouraged about people attacked by online mobs who simply look at the world and — in good faith — say what they see. One example: Lee Fang, a strong reporter at The Intercept, went to a Black Lives Matter protest. He interviewed some of the protesters, one of which was a black person from Oakland who was there to support BLM — but not blindly so.
Understanding Immanuel Kant's 'Copernican Revolution' by way of your cat
Your cat doesn’t know what a couch is, but you do. 🐱 A cat does know what feels ideal for scratching in such a way that it will sharpen her claws though. You probably have a rough idea of this, but you probably lack the discerning taste for scratchable surfaces your cat possesses. 👿 Sometimes that scratchiness and your couch coincide; this creates a problem with your feline roommate. She will never know what a couch is and you will never what a perfect scratchable thing is.
Speech is much more different than thought than it seems
So I’ve been listening to the Prof. Jordan Peterson lectures on the Bible recently for a variety of reasons, but I suppose the main one is because so many people in the milieu I exist in are telling me I’m not supposed to. If so many people are saying this man is terrible then I guess that means I need to find out more about what he’s about. I don’t really want to get into the larger debate about the guy, but I will say he just basically seems like a nice Canadian conservative who both happens to want people to live their best lives and is just antisocial enough that he won’t bend on his worldview because he knows it’s unpopular with the chattering class.
Did you have a nice time with that boy? Logo Daedalus's novel: SELFIE, SUICIDE
What better place for an existential crisis than on an internet date? Every internet date I ever went on felt like its own little existential crisis, anyway. Selfie, Suicide: or Cairey Turnbull’s Blue Skidoo is a short novel by Twitter personality Logo Daedalus, a maybe 26-year old writer who went to college in New York City and now lives somewhere in Texas (according to the last time I heard him talk about it on a podcast).
Quantum mechanics somewhat syncs up with Kant: What I learned this week
I’ve been reading Quantum Reality by Jim Baggott. When the second part of it starts he starts to get into the real stuff he wrote the book for. I’m probably going to butcher this, but Baggott comes to present a quantum understanding of the world as something of a verification of the perspective of Immanuel Kant. Kant’s so-called Copernican revolution changed epistemology by contending that our knowing all depended on the mind.
Reply All: The Happiness Calculator in Vermont
Now for something completely different. I’ve long thought that Reply All is one of the all time best podcasts, this despite the fact that P.J. and Alex (the hosts are creators) 💯% fall completely in line with exactly what you’d think and Brooklyn media personality would think about anything. This blog is not one for 👏👏👏ing the coastie consensus, so — while I listen to it decently often — I really didn’t think I would ever write about Reply All here.
PEA Soup on Mark Alfano's Computerized Nietzsche Book
Technology can be a lens. Over the three year or so I’ve been reading and studying Friedrich Nietzsche (sort of — not precisely systematically). I’m not sure I could tell you a lot more about Nietzsche after reading two books about him and 2.5 of his actual books than I could tell you before. The legend of Nietzsche is very much in the water. But this has become clear: people fixate on specific imagery woven up by Nietzsche more than they do his scope.
'A Canticle for Lebowitz' and Five Questions, with Richard Moran
A Canticle for Lebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., (first published in 1959) should be required reading for everyone. Let’s knock out The Scarlet Letter for this book, perhaps? I think the Freshmen Class of America is ready for that switch. At the very least it should be required for everyone studying engineering. I listened to several episodes of the podcast 5 Questions today, but, in particular, one with a philosopher named Richard Moran, from Harvard, and in the discussion about fear at the end he made the statement that humans have proven themselves incapable of governing even as the destructive power at their disposal has increased.
Bronze Age Mindfuck
This book is too stupid to actually be so stupid as it seems. The book in question is Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert, a Twitter personality who posts a lot of photos of really sculpted young guys (example). Here’s my guess: whomever Bronze Age Pervert (BAP) is, he put his antennae into the internet vibes and came up with a strategy to game it so he could sell a book and make enough money to buy a car he liked or maybe a house.
The Portal: Agnes Callard interview helps me sort out Eric Weinstein
So I now think I understand what’s been bugging me about Eric Weinstein’s podcast, The Portal, despite the fact that I keep listening to it. My problem with Weinstein might not even be a problem. My own unconscious bias about how a podcast should work could be the problem. Weinstein might be disrupting the form in a necessary way, but this thing has been itching at the back of my head.