Tag: Essential Reading

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.

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‘Schools of Character’ Demonstrate a Path for Education Reform

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, a grieving parent becomes an education reformer, champions "Schools of Character."

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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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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.

Ecstatic Experience How the West Can Find Itself by Losing Control Erraticus Image by Philippe Siguret

Ecstatic Experience: How the West Can Find Itself by Losing Control

In the West, we resist ecstatic experience, fearful of losing control—this hyper-rationalistic mindset excludes us from crucial paths to insight and connection. But there is a dark side to ecstasy.

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A Tough President and An Unsettled Nation

While the most violent mood in recent history settles over the nation, can we blame it on Donald Trump and his aspirations to be "tough?"

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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.

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The Brain Can Be Rewired Through Meditation and Mindfulness

Neuroscience increasingly validates Buddhist practices, like meditation, which unlock the ability of the mind to change the brain.

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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.

Urban Youth Use Myths and Drums to Become Men - Florian Schneider

Urban Youth Use Myths and Drums to Become Men

Drawing power from mythological stories and self-disclosure, this award-winning mentoring program transforms teens into community leaders.

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First Impressions of an Unschooling School

Envision a school that is not compulsory or coercive, that is a completely student-directed educational environment, whose primary aim is to develop emotionally intelligent children who can live meaningful lives.

A Divided World Needs to Make God a Useful Idea, Again Image by Eberhard Grossgasteiger

A Divided World Needs to Make God a Useful Idea, Again

In his newest book, God: A Human History, Reza Aslan seeks to provide an explanation for this rise of what he refers to as “the humanized God.” He proposes a more pragmatic idea of god, instead.

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The 3 Faces of Political Incorrectness

There are three distinct types of anti-PC rebels. Two of them serve a valuable social function. The third is a menace and should be treated as such.

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

For all its silliness and sentimentality, Peter Pan serves as a precautionary tale for those who fear the responsibilities of living, and the uncertainties of dying.