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The Law, by Frederic Bastiat
When a reviewer wishes to give special recognition to a book, he predicts that it will still be read “a hundred years from now.” The Law, first published as a pamphlet in June, 1850, is already more than a hundred years old. And because its truths are eternal, it will still be read when another century has passed.
philosophy  law  libertarian  politics 
10 weeks ago by whip_lash
The Systems Thinker – A Lifetime of Systems Thinking - The Systems Thinker
Improving the performance of the parts of a system taken separately will necessarily improve the performance of the whole. False. In fact, it can destroy an organization, as is apparent in an example I have used ad nauseum: Installing a Rolls Royce engine in a Hyundai can make it inoperable.
design  engineering  systems  innovation  philosophy  problemsolving  management 
january 2019 by whip_lash
Tyler Cowen's three laws - Marginal REVOLUTION
1. Cowen’s First Law: There is something wrong with everything (by which I mean there are few decisive or knockdown articles or arguments, and furthermore until you have found the major flaws in an argument, you do not understand it).
january 2018 by whip_lash
Tyler Cowen's 12 rules for life - Marginal REVOLUTION
After reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules, a few people asked me what my list would look like.  I would stress that what follows is not a universal or eternally valid account, but rather a few ideas that strike me in the here and now, perhaps as the result of recent conversations. 
january 2018 by whip_lash
Tolerance is not a moral precept – Extra Newsfeed
The Peace of Westphalia, the series of treaties which ended them, was built on two radical tenets: that each ruler had the right to choose the religion of their state, and that Christians living in principalities where their faith was not the established faith still had the right to practice their religion. A decision was made, in essence, to accept the risk of the monster rather than the reality of the war.
philosophy  religion  tolerance  sociology 
august 2017 by whip_lash
Meaningness | Better ways of thinking, feeling, and acting—around problems of meaning: self, society, ethics, purpose, and value
Better ways of thinking, feeling, and acting—around problems of meaning and meaninglessness; self and society; ethics, purpose, and value.
ethics  philosophy 
december 2016 by whip_lash
Ten Insanely Useful Stoic Exercises
Today I want  to describe various exercises that you can do to develop a Stoic outlook on life.
philosophy  meditation 
december 2013 by whip_lash
Letters of Note: People simply empty out
As a young man I could not believe that people could give their lives over to those conditions. As an old man, I still can't believe it. What do they do it for? Sex? TV? An automobile on monthly payments? Or children? Children who are just going to do the same things that they did?
writing  bukowski  philosophy 
august 2013 by whip_lash
Adventures In Behavioral Neurology—or—what Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature | Conversation | Edge
Another way to formulate this question is that there are different brain regions actively processing different aspects of information including memories and yet you experience yourself as a unity. Many philosophers will argue this is a pseudo problem, not a true problem. In fact, Crick adopts the opposite view; he and Koch debunk the idea that it's a pseudo problem. He says the most axiomatic thing about consciousness is its unity. And guess what the claustrum is doing? It's getting sensory inputs, even inputs from the motor cortex. It's getting inputs from every region of the brain in one little gathering place and sending messages back. It's ideally suited for performing this unifying role.
psychology  buddhism  philosophy 
february 2012 by whip_lash
Aristotelian Politics: Dangerous for Liberty? | Douglas B. Rasmussen | Cato Unbound
When libertarians or classical liberals are drawn into debates in political philosophy with those on the left or the right, it is often done in a context in which premise A is just assumed. This is like fighting with one arm tied behind one’s back. This argumentative arena is in large part due to the heritage that the Aristotelian outlook provides for politics. Such an arena is dangerous for liberty.

libertarianism  politics  philosophy 
march 2011 by whip_lash
The rise of the new agnostics. - By Ron Rosenbaum - Slate Magazine
Faith-based atheism? Yes, alas. Atheists display a credulous and childlike faith, worship a certainty as yet unsupported by evidence—the certainty that they can or will be able to explain how and why the universe came into existence. (And some of them can behave as intolerantly to heretics who deviate from their unproven orthodoxy as the most unbending religious Inquisitor.) - THIS ISN"T QUITE RIGHT.
philosophy  religion  science  agnosticism  atheism 
july 2010 by whip_lash
The Thinking Man’s Marxist : The Literary Review of Canada
Cohen’s conclusion is thus a mixed one. We should endorse his two moral principles even though there is no sign they will lead to socialism any time soon. But perhaps they could have some application here and there, as in the education or health spheres. Or perhaps one day our circumstance will change and socialism will become possible. Cohen’s closing lines refer to markets as systems of predation. “Our attempt to get beyond predation has thus far failed. I do not think the right conclusion is to give up.”
politics  philosophy  communism  libertarianism 
june 2010 by whip_lash
Here are some of his wittiest and most profound teachings.
history  philosophy 
july 2007 by whip_lash
In defense of dangerous ideas :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Other Views
In every age, taboo questions raise our blood pressure and threaten moral panic. But we cannot be afraid to answer them.
philosophy  psychology 
july 2007 by whip_lash
What's the probability that we're living in the Matrix?
Perhaps its most startling lesson is that there is a significant probability that you are living in computer simulation.
intelligence  philosophy  physics 
july 2007 by whip_lash
Science of the Soul? ‘I Think, Therefore I Am’ Is Losing Force - New York Times
As biologists turn up evidence that animals can exhibit emotions and patterns of cognition once thought of as strictly human, Descartes’s dictum, “I think, therefore I am,” loses its force.
psychology  evolution  biology  philosophy 
june 2007 by whip_lash

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