How would our psychology and philosophy change, I wonder, if we had the goal of understanding not human development, but the development of self-consciousness more generally, across species?
Ever since 2017, when a cancer diagnosis made me think more about life’s finitude, I’ve been mentally reviewing all the things I’ve learned so far, in a life in love with “great books” and the history of ideas.
In household finance, which is where most of us deal most intensively with numbers, there are regions of the numberline that function as sort of fuzzy numbers, but mean something well-understood for people of a similar class and location.
As I approach my 51st birthday on Wednesday, I’m remembering the swing revival of the 1990s that was such a joy to me in my mid-twenties.
Husserl is cool for many reasons, including the fact that he worked really hard on figuring out how we experience time.
The prolific Renaissance painter Tintoretto was said by his Venetian contemporaries to have three brushes: “one of gold, the second of silver and the third of iron.”
It occurs to me that “I love you” demonstrates Wittgenstein’s theory about language gaining its meaning through use.
Wittgenstein inspires me even more for his methods than for the content of what he wrote.
While trying Sweet & Salty Snack Mix Cheez-Its last night at my daughter’s recommendation (she was right–they’re great), I thought about Georg Cantor and set theory, which he invented and I’m trying to learn about.