Yoga class undoubtedly improves a person’s flexibility and serenity. But Lisa Miracchi, a philosophy professor at University of Pennsylvania who is teaching a seminar called “Yoga and Philosophy,” says that the poses can also enhance your reasoning, behavior, and relationships.
Source: Yoga is philosophy in physical form, says a philosophy of mind professor — Quartz
Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too.
Source: Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse | Vanity Fair
Do you know someone whose arguments consist of baldly specious reasoning, hopelessly confused categories, archipelagos of logical fallacies buttressed by seawalls of cognitive biases? Surely you do.
Source: 32 Animated Videos by Wireless Philosophy Teach You the Essentials of Critical Thinking | Open Culture
Dozens of colleges are vaulting thousands of low-income students into the middle class and beyond, and yet are being starved of funding.
Source: America’s Great Working-Class Colleges – The New York Times
…philosophers in the Islamic world enjoyed an extraordinary degree of access to the Hellenic intellectual heritage. In 10th-century Baghdad, readers of Arabic had about the same degree of access to Aristotle that readers of English do today.
Source: Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy | Aeon Ideas
“The victim shows us something about our own lives: we see that we too are vulnerable to misfortune, that we are not any different from the people whose fate we are watching…”
Source: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Human Dignity and the Nuanced Relationship Between Agency and Victimhood – Brain Pickings
f the idea of freedom bound Camus and Sartre philosophically, then the fight for justice united them politically. They were committed to confronting and curing injustice, and, in their eyes, no group of people was more unjustly treated than the workers, the proletariat.
Source: How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free | Aeon Ideas
One of the most interesting things about 2016’s badness is that it seems to have left us in a position where we basically understand nothing at all any more: the liberal political consensus, which viewed both Brexit and President Trump as impossibilities, has been left utterly fragmented, leading to the widespread belief that we have now entered some dark age of “post-truth” politics.
Source: Which Philosophy Can Best Explain 2016? – VICE
Jedi, the worship of the mythology of Star Wars is not a religion, says the Charity Commission.
Source: Jedi is not a religion, Charity Commission rules – BBC News
One of the preeminent theorists on democracy, social movements, and populism, her work was an inspiration to Podemos in Spain and Syriza in Greece.
Source: America in Populist Times: An Interview With Chantal Mouffe | The Nation