Category: Ideas

Adversarial Humanities Fuel Outrage Culture Erraticus Image by Becca Tapert

‘Adversarial’ Humanities Fuel Our Outrage Culture

Literary theorists of the past half-century—who now dominate the humanities—encourage us to assume ill-intentions of one another. This contrasts with the 'empathetic' humanities, which aim for more understanding and less judging in our daily lives.

Mary Poppins as the Bodhisattva Ideal Erraticus Image Walt Disney Studios

Mary Poppins as the Bodhisattva Ideal

P.L. Travers, who hung out with British mystics and studied alongside a Zen Buddhist master, would have approved of the Mary Poppins sequel.

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‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Actually Good Advice (Sort Of)

Here are five recent research findings worth considering when weighing the wisdom of "follow your passion" or pursuing a calling in life.

Anxiety Due to Absence of Exposure to Real Danger Erraticus Image by Connor Moynihan

Anxiety Due to Absence of Exposure to Real Danger

To better understand how anxiety works in us, we have to see fear in the context where it evolved—with hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago.

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Engaging in Civil Arguments Is Effective Against Extremism

Philosophers are exemplars in disagreeing vehemently but civilly with others. Like them, using these 4 principles can help us have arguments that are effective against extremism.

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Christmas Truce: Raising Our White Flags with ‘Joyeux Noël’

The Christmas Truce of 1914 was the final happy memory some soldiers would have. Today, in our polarized culture, 'Joyeux Noël' reminds us to soften our social and political barriers.

Stereotypes Are Like Sediment Erraticus Image by Michael Prewett

Stereotypes Are Like Sediment

It's said that our actions are based on immediate intuitions, informed by accumulated stereotypes. Are we merely puppets of inherited ideologies?

Ishiguro Explores 'Our Illusory Sense of Connection with the World'

Ishiguro Explores ‘Our Illusory Sense of Connection with the World’

Ishiguro has been praised for his unapologetic investigation of loss and hope, and the "inevitable sadness" inherent in his novels.

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Kierkegaard, Knausgaard, and the ‘Kingdom of God’

Karl Ove Knausgaard often uses religious language in his fiction—but as religion recedes, does he think literature can create ecstatic experience?

What Is the Sublime Erraticus Image Sea of Ice by Caspar David Friedrich

What is the Sublime? (According to Kant and Schopenhauer)

For Kant and Schopenhauer, scientific understanding deepens our experience with the Sublime, elevating our spiritual strength.

Freud and Jung Feud Is It Sex or the Collective Unconscious Erraticus Image

Jung and Freud Feud: Is it Sex or the Collective Unconscious?

Once resembling the relationship between a devoted father and an admiring son, Freud and Jung split over the question of culture's origins.

Psychological Studies Overlook 85 Percent of People on Earth Erraticus Image by Benny Jackson

Psychological Studies Overlook 85 Percent of People on Earth

We can't make claims about human nature when studies only represent a narrow slice of humanity: mostly college students, middle-class respondents living near universities, and highly educated residents of wealthy, industrialized and democratic nations.

You're Unhappy Because You Focus on What Your Can't Control Erraticus Image by Brooke Cagle

You’re Unhappy Because You Focus on What You Can’t Control

If you succeed in shifting your goals internally, you'll be happier, because what other people do is largely beyond your control.

Virtual Reality Is Not An Empathy Machine Erraticus Image by Lucrezia Carnelos

Virtual Reality is Not an Empathy Machine

Virtual reality can help us better understand the experiences of others but we should remain skeptical whether it can create true empathy.

Hallucinations Shouldn't Be Stigmatized Can Lead to Growth Erraticus Image by Ehimetalor Unuabona

Hallucinations Shouldn’t Be Stigmatized, Can Lead to Growth

Consider how a one's life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t—but what if hallucinations could offer something good?

Competition is Bad for Families but Good for Societies Erraticus Image by Zeyn Afuang

Competition is Bad for Families but Good for Societies

Local competition—including that among siblings or neighbors—stymies cooperation and social capital, whereas global competition fosters both.

Loss of Indigenous Langues Limits Our Insights from Nature Erraticus Image by Andrew James

Loss of Indigenous Languages Limits Our Insights from Nature

Language loss can be considered as extreme as the extinction of a plant or an animal—regarding indigenous languages in particular.

News fatigued Read Stoic Philosophy and Poetry Instead Erraticus Image by Toa Heftiba

News-fatigued? Read Stoic Philosophy and Poetry Instead

Reading the news feels awful but ignoring it doesn’t feel right either. A stoic mindset shields us from catastrophy—and inspires action.

Saudade Happy Melancholy Nostalgia for What is Absent Erraticus Image by Mauricio Santos

Saudade: Happy Melancholy, Nostalgia for What Is Absent

Portuguese speakers commonly boast that "saudade" is untranslatable. Does that mean certain emotion experiences can be unique to a particular culture?

An Experience is Interesting the World Is Not Erraticus Image by Le Tan

An Experience is ‘Interesting’ But the World is Not

Examining the ways in which we use the word 'interesting' unlocks a key understanding about human existence and how we experience the world.

Why Losing A Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing A Human Loved One Erraticus Image by Jamie Street

Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder Than Losing a Loved One

The dog is the only animal that has evolved specifically to be our companion—and has a unique ability to meet our needs.

Montessori Schools Empower Kids Socially Erraticus Image by Mi Pham

Montessori Schools Let Kids Choose Their Own Work

Montessori schools maintain that children who freely chose their activities build their self-discipline and ability to concentrate.

Free-range Parenting Has Legal Protection in Utah Many Battles Ahead Erraticus Image Priscilla Du Preez

Free-range Parenting Has Protection in Utah, Many Battles Ahead

Free-range parenting gains momentum in Utah, but families nation-wide still face threats to their autonomy from intrusive governments.

Infantilization of Western Culture Erraticus Image by Jurica Koletic

Infantilization of Western Culture: Adults No Longer Adult

College students aren't the only ones embracing infantilization, but what happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior?

Is Know Thyself the Greatest Delphic Maxim We Know Erraticus Image by Cristina Gottardi

Is ‘Know Thyself’ The Greatest Delphic Maxim We Know?

We're familiar with 'know thyself' as one of the highest commands of philosophy, but we'd be remiss if we ignored the other Delphic maxims.

Shared Reality and Truth Losing Ground to Tribalism Erraticus Image by Heather Mount

Shared Reality and Truth Are Losing Ground to Tribalism

People turn to tribalism for a sense of certainty, as trust in institutions and commitment to truth erode. Instead, we need to restore a shared reality which builds common ground, regardless of identity group.

Steiner Schools Foster Creativity Capability and Resilience Erraticus Image by Charlein Gracia

Steiner Schools Foster Creativity, Capability, and Resiliency

Steiner schools, known for their artistic and holistic approach to education, are expanding all over the world, but are they as effective as traditional schools?

Cult, New Religious Movement, or Minority Religion? Erraticus Image by Sarah Noltner

Cult, New Religious Movement, or Minority Religion?

We need to change the language we use when talking about religion, starting with the word "cult."

Happiness Means Embracing Sadness and Pain Erraticus Image by Cristian Newman

True Happiness Means Embracing Sadness and Pain

We are often sent messages that we shouldn’t feel negative emotions, so people are highly conditioned to want to change or get rid of their emotions, which leads to suppression, rumination, and/or avoidance—thus impeding our happiness.