Category: Ideas

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.

Truth Absolute Works Erraticus Image by Valentin Antonucci

Truth Is Not Absolute, But That Which Works

A common view of truth aims for that which corresponds with reality. Left with nothing but our own interpretations of the world, Pragmatists, like William James and Charles Peirce, argue that the best we can do is to hold to that which works.

Meaning of Life No Longer Matters to Philosophers Erraticus Image by Henrik Donnestad

Meaning of Life No Longer Matters to Philosophers

Professional philosophers rarely ask 'What is the meaning of life?' and when they do, they often dismiss it as nonsense.

Solitude Before Ability Think Erraticus Image by Alex Blăjan

Comfort with Solitude Comes Before The Ability to Think

Freedom entails the capacity to think and to judge in private, where solitude empowers the individual to contemplate their actions and develop their conscience, to escape the cacophony of the crowd. Solitude precedes moral thinking.

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Economists with Physics Envy Are Harmful

Observing the acclaim physics was having, economists embraced a physical view of human behavior hoping to replicate similar success. However, unlike physics, the social nature of human beings makes any laws of behavior tentative and contextual.

Self-esteem, Self-compassion, Self-indifference? Erraticus Image by Oleg Sergeichik

Self-Esteem, Self-Compassion, or Self-Indifference? Which is Best?

Millennials are the generation who came of age during the self-esteem movement. The concept of self-esteem is losing it's currency, but are self-compassion or self-indifference better frameworks for emotional health?

A New Romanticism Erraticus Albert Bierstadt Storm Rocky Mountains

‘Enlightenment Now’ Demands A New Romanticism

There are many who say that Romanticism is dead. But the tensions between Romanticism and the soldiers of the original Enlightenment are rising up again.

Earth's Carrying Capacity for Human Life Is More Than You Think Erraticus Image by Tomasz Bazylinski

Earth’s Carrying Capacity for Human Life Is More Than You Think

The claim that earth has a carrying capacity of 7 billion is based on old concepts—misunderstanding how fertility rates and consumption work.