"[T]he "straight line" is what shapes the very tendency to go astray. What is astray does not lead us back to the straight line, but shows us what is lost by following that line."Sara Ahmed keep exploring!
Spreading the Word: Outsmarting Prisoner’s Dilemma
Today's post shares a fun little video that does 3 things: explains the prisoner's dilemma, shows what's the best solution (if you care about the future!), and delivers it all in a form of a cartoon with a healthy dose of humour. Check it out here: How to outsmart the prisoner's dilemma. Enjoy! Keeping up …
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Worlds and World-Travelling according to Maria Lugones
What world do you live in? Is it the same as the one I inhabit? What about your friends, family, each and every person you pass by in the street, and all those billions you will never meet? In one sense, we all inhabit the same world - our one and only pale blue dot, …
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Spreading the Word: Embodiment and Philosophy of the Body
Is the body the foundation of philosophy? Of anything, really?
Paradox of Effort and Effect of Repetition
"If we work hard at something, then it seems "effortless".This paradox - with effort it becomes effortless - is precisely what makes history disappear in the moment of its enactment. The repetition of the work is what makes the work disappear... [R]epetition of action takes us in certain directions: we are also orientating ourselves toward …
Spreading the Word: No Such Thing as Normal?
This weekend's post is about the mysterious power of "being normal". In her fascinating article "Worried you’re not normal? Don’t be – there’s no such thing", researcher Sarah Chaney explores the history of the idea of "normal". For example, did you know that "Before the early 19th century, the word ‘normal’ was not applied to human beings …
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Visiting St Paul’s Catacombs in Malta – Part 2: The Name
Story of the name of St Paul's catacombs. Second in the series of articles about St Paul's Catacombs in Malta and what I have learned there.
Spreading the Word: Toxic Productivity Culture
Are you doing your best to be productive and to improve your productivity? Trying to work as efficiently as possible? Many of us are, and why shouldn't we, productivity is a good thing, isn't it? Paradoxically, all these efforts to maximise our productivity can sometimes turn out to be... counterproductive. For example, we may come …
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A Picture and A Quote
"Knowledge that is absolutely certain of its infallibility is faith."From Yevgeny Zamyatin's dystopian novel "We" (my translation) Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote his dystopian novel "We" during the early days of Soviet Russia (in 1920-1921). Considered to be the originator of the dystopian novel genre, it was first published in English in 1924. January afternoon at the Baltic Sea …
Spreading the Word: Forgotten Existentialist
Sartre and Kierkegaard are among the well-known names of existentialist thinkers. There is one name that does not come to mind too often when thinking about existentialism - Karl Jaspers. Read more about this 20th century philosopher whose influence is sometimes neglected: "Forgotten Existentialist". Enjoy! "After all, his work initiated one particular strain of French …
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