Suggested readings, #17

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Philosophy of science: the first 2.5 millennia. Too bad it stops at Feyerabend… (Philosophy Now)

The worst patients in the world. Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending. (The Atlantic)

Was The Odyssey the first Greek novel? (Lit Hub)

The physics of causality: why do we remember the past and not the future? Untangling the connections between cause and effect, choice, and entropy. (FQXi Community)

Libraries in the ancient world, a short (and somewhat surprising) history. (Ancient History Encyclopedia)

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

2 thoughts on “Suggested readings, #17”

  1. One library may be missing from that list. It’s arguably that before their final hiding, the various scrolls eventually stashed in the caves at Qumran were a library, whether or not their holders were that close to being Josephus’ Essenes or not.

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