Recently I was talking to my friend who is reading philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn’s seminal The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and while he talked about it, I was struck by the thought:
Wow. We’re really weird that we care about these things.
This thought especially came up when we talked about why other people don’t care about these topics and issues as much as we do. The fact of the matter is that anyone who is willing to spend one hour reading about the philosophy of science at all puts them at…
A subreddit I’m really fond of is /r/LibraryofBabel, and the idea behind it is inspired by the Jorge Luis Borges short story of the same name where you have a virtually infinitely large library with every combination of letter possible. In the library, you will find random gibberish, recipes for broccoli pizza, your entire biography, and any other specifics or combinations or descriptions possible.
In the subreddit, the idea is trying to replicate the library, and users do this by typing whatever they want, and more often than not it ends up being really rough poetry or random strings of…
Recently, I watched the “debate” between Steven Crowder and Ethan Klein + Sam Seder and I came away with a few thoughts.
At the most foundational level, this debate shows that popular debates that are had online are not actually about the quest for the truth, but rather just about winning — that is, debates are about who is the most powerful. The winner of the online debate is given an excuse to say “I, and everyone that agrees with me, is superior to you”, rather than “My side has a better theory about the world given the available data”.
In all the arguments for healthcare, higher wages, shorter work weeks, and all other economic and social programs that are populating the discourse about capitalism, there is one difference between the capitalist and anti-capitalist sides that can be generalized in all their disagreements:
The anti-capitalist believes that these goods and services are being withheld from people.
The capitalist believes they are not.
Of course, if someone is going to freely have something without any cost to anyone else, it surely is bad if they are prevented from having it.
The big question: Is this an accurate description of reality?
When I was younger, around highschool and early college, I was super into self-help. I looked for so many resources — books, theories, blogs, even eventually spiritual texts!
What’s crazy is that as time has gone on, as I’ve learned more about myself, I appreciate how misguided a lot of that self-help actually was.
Growing up, I loved eating food. Correction: I loved binge eating food. Gimme those snacks and Cheetos and Oreo’s. They were so good. In fact, I couldn’t stop eating them. This went for food in general. Over eating was the norm; each meal ended with a…
Social issues are arguably the most publicized and payed-attention-to issues in the United States today. We really care about them.
The reasons why are interesting to think about. A social issue is, at its most basic, a negative value judgement on the relationship between one individual and another. We say that X, Y, and Z is happening between this person and that person. This is bad.
Patriarchy, slavery, exploitation, etc., they all fit into that categorization.
My theory: the reason we do not like these relationships is because they are negative sum.
The gain of the slave master is the…
A specific type of relationship has dominated my life. It went something like this:
Brother comes home. He’s upset and angry. It was either a girl or a friend or my parents or school and he is hating himself. He’s suffering and it’s not going away.
He comes into my room. “I’m feeling so bad”.
I ask: “What happened? What’s wrong?”
And so began a hours long conversation. We talked about everything. His childhood and the expectations he has in his new job. We go through the entire story, his story. …
The human child used to be cared by the tribe. In prehistoric times, all members of the group would participate in some way to form the human child socially, morally, physically, etc.
Agriculture, technology, and property rights eventually progressed so that more and more people could live in the same area. Soon the tribe became too big, and the people around you became strangers. The good thing is that a human child still had the community of the extended family, which replaced the tribe in raising children. …