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Why would Apollo make positive statements about Judaism? | Aeon Essays
Confused, inferior and philosophically unsound: the Greco-Roman critique of the Old Testament could have been written today
bible  christianity  judaism  aeon  history  religion  pagan  greek 
6 days ago by thejaymo
The secret intellectual history of mathematics | Aeon Essays
Mostly agree, but it needs to be said that most of the great ideas maths has injected into history have come about as pure coincidence.
Take this, for example:
Rather, what attracts them, in the words of The Mathematics Lover’s Companion (2017) by the graph theorist Ed Scheinerman, are ‘joyful, beautiful’ theorems and proofs, which they arrive at through the sweat of intellectual play. Akin to the best poems, they contain truths about the world perfectly expressed.
The fist sentence is completely true, but the second sentence isn't. Theorems ARE akin to poems in certain ways (mainly aesthetic) but they don't "contain truths about the world, perfectly expressed": it's truths about the world of mathematics they capture. And despite its "unreasonable effectiveness", that world is not the real world. Pure mathematics is the only discipline whose map is exactly its territory.
maths  intellectual-history  aeon 
16 days ago by tkmharris
What duelling can teach us about taking offence | Aeon Essays
Such stories help to explain why Voltaire turns up so frequently in today’s debates over offensive speech

Pretty sure the reason Voltaire crops up so much is people using his quip about "I may not agree whit what you say but I will defend &." to defend shitty speech they agree with tbh
free-speech  history  aeon 
25 days ago by tkmharris
What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train.
aeon  traveling  trains 
10 weeks ago by lorenzck
The autistic view of the world is not the neurotypical cliché | Aeon Essays
"Too many depictions of autistic people rely on tired clichés. The neurotypical world needs to take note of our own voices"

Books recommended here:
"I’m delighted to say that my own memoir, The Electricity of Every Living Thing (2017), recently landed on a pile of other wonderful books by autistic authors, including The Reason I Jump (2007) by Naoki Higashida, The State of Grace (2017) by Rachael Lucas, Odd Girl Out (2017) by Laura James and The Autistic Alice (2017) by Joanne Limburg, but it’s fair to say that as a group we have not yet reached the kind of critical mass that would make autism better understood, not least among clinicians."
autism  articles  aeon 
11 weeks ago by jblocksom
What would it take to build a tower as high as outer space? | Aeon Ideas
Want to build an elevator into space? Look to the bounty of biological life for tips on mechanical engineering
11 weeks ago by thx1138
The swiftness of glaciers: language in a time of climate change | Aeon Ideas
As consciousness of climate change has grown, a new class of dead metaphors has entered the English language. We speak routinely of carbon footprints, of wiping species off the face of the Earth, and of greenhouse gases, but we no longer see the feet, the hands, the faces and the backyard sheds that were once vivid when those phrases were newly coined. Geologists now talk of searching for the ‘human signature’ in the fossil record. Some geo-engineers want to inject vast clouds of sulphur aerosols into Earth’s atmosphere in the hopes of ‘resetting the global thermostat’. Many of these coinages attempt to give an intimate, human dimension to planetary phenomena that can seem intimidatingly vast and abstract. Adam Smith in 1759 responded similarly to the massive scale of economic forces by inserting the human body in the form of the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. Today, the science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson brings that dead metaphor back to life, complaining that, when it comes to the environment, ‘the invisible hand never picks up the check’.
language  climate  change  aeon 
august 2018 by betajames
Is eating natural food the same as eating what's healthy? | Aeon Essays
The glass of orange juice at the breakfast table tells a tale about what’s natural, what’s whole and what’s healthy for us
food  natural  health  review  Aeon  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
りんねぴさんのツイート: "ショー開始2時間近く前から最前列埋め尽くして機材並べるこいつらなんなん・・・ 狭いし段差もないステージなんだから後ろの子供たちが見えなくなるとか考
otaku  kigurumi  precure  show  suiteprecure  aeon 
june 2018 by pillow
エダ カナリさんのツイート: "大日のプリキュアのショーをたまたまチラ見したら最前列全員一眼レフ持ったガチ勢ですごいと思った尊敬… "
kigurumi  show  curemelody  curerythm  aeon  event  precure  suiteprecure 
june 2018 by pillow

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