A truly African philosophy

Photo by Chris de Bode/Panos ‘Consolation philosophy’ understands the human being as a unity of feeling and reason, in a cosmos rich with primal emotion by Ada Agada is a research fellow at the University of Calabar in Nigeria. His book Existence and Consolation: Reinventing Ontology, Gnosis, and Values in African Philosophy (2015) was a winner in the American Library Association’s Choice/ACRL list of Outstanding Academic Titles. Edited by Sam Dresser The ambitious African philosopher finds herself between the devil and the deep blue sea. She has to convince the West that she has something interesting to say about philosophy. She has to insist that … Continue reading A truly African philosophy

The Lives of Illiterate Men

While educational achievement has improved over the last 30 years, there hasn’t been much change in the number of American adults who are functionally illiterate by Eddie Kim For more than 40 years of his life, James Hall couldn’t decipher a restaurant menu by himself unless it had photos. He couldn’t navigate a bus schedule, choosing either to memorize the rhythms of its arrivals, or if he was somewhere unfamiliar, asking another person at the stop. He couldn’t read the details of a bank statement, use a computer to research a recipe or comprehend the front page of the newspaper … Continue reading The Lives of Illiterate Men

The greatest use of life

Arthur Hammond, Untitled (Brooklyn Bridge), no date (thought to be c1930), gelatin silver print. Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum. The pragmatist philosopher William James had a crisp and consistent response when asked if life was worth living: maybe by John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story(2016), and his latest book is Hiking with Nietzsche (2018). He lives outside Boston. Edited by Sam Dresser ‘The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.’ – William James, The Thought and Character of William James (1935) A year ago, on a late … Continue reading The greatest use of life

The Russian Plot to Control Your Mindfulness

Posts by the Kremlin-run Facebook page Mindful Being What a faux-spiritual Facebook page run by Kremlin propagandists can teach us about encountering our own biases and emotional reactions. By Bodhipaksa Most people are aware of the Kremlin’s attempts to influence voters in the US and Europe, but the fact that one of the avenues for this influence was mindfulness may come as a surprise. Among Russia’s many fake social media accounts was a Facebook page called “Mindful Being,” which cleverly mixed legitimate spiritual teachings with material intended to make us more receptive to authoritarianism. Russian operatives deciding that mindfulness, a way … Continue reading The Russian Plot to Control Your Mindfulness

Is social media addiction a new type of psychiatric condition?

by: Zoey Sky (Natural News) When people say that they’re “addicted” to Facebook or social media, is it the same thing as being addicted to drugs or alcohol? According to estimates, the number of social media users around the world can skyrocket from almost a billion in 2010 to over three billion by 2021. Out of all the social networking sites (SNS), Facebook is at the top of the list, with almost a whopping 2.2 billion active users monthly. It’s not just kids on Facebook, though. Even adults spend 50 percent more time on Facebook daily. But why is everyone drawn to social media? It can be that many people … Continue reading Is social media addiction a new type of psychiatric condition?

What’s the Loneliest You’ve Ever Felt?

KRISTEN RADTKE The author started a project on loneliness by asking this simple question. Many people quickly recounted experiences, often with surprising specificity. by KRISTEN RADTKE It’s perhaps not much of a statement to say that movie audiences have been conditioned to expect lonely heroes on the big screen. Westerns have long touted the virtues of the lone cowboy while simultaneously fetishizing the isolation of a dame waiting for rescue. Meg Ryan and Sandra Bullock reigned in the ’90s with their portrayals of sad, clumsy dream girls. Superhero films have issued unfailingly sequestered protagonists, their power and responsibility separating them from … Continue reading What’s the Loneliest You’ve Ever Felt?

Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think

In studies of children and historical figures, IQ falls short as a measure of success. BY DEAN KEITH SIMONTON People too often forget that IQ tests haven’t been around that long. Indeed, such psychological measures are only about a century old. Early versions appeared in France with the work of Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon in 1905. However, these tests didn’t become associated with genius until the measure moved from the Sorbonne in Paris to Stanford University in Northern California. There Professor Lewis M. Terman had it translated from French into English, and then standardized on sufficient numbers of children, … Continue reading Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think