About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Massimo's weekend picks!
* Regret is the perfect emotion for our self-absorbed times, writes Judith Shulevitz in the New Republic.
* Newspapers are still the most important medium for understanding the world, says Peter Wilby in New Statesman.
* Perhaps we shouldn't insist on complete consistency for our moral beliefs, suggests Emrys Westacott at 3QuarksDaily.
* We should cultivate the ability to disregard things we can't do anything about, according to Christy Wampole in the New York Times.
* Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus, a book review by Rachana Kamtekar in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
* Joseph Stromberg (in the Smithsonian) arrives at a list of just five vitamins and supplements that are actually worth taking.
* String Theory and the Scientific Method, another review in the NDPR, by Nick Huggett.
* Forget about quantifying your self, says Josh Cohen in Prospect Magazine, and live your life instead.
* Scientific Pride and Prejudice, by Michael Suk-Young Chwe in the New York Times.