Suggested readings, #19

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

Late in life, Thoreau became a serious Darwinist. But he died before he could finish his book on natural history. As Emerson put it, Thoreau “depart[ed] out of Nature before … he has been really shown to his peers for what he is.” (Longreads)

Hell is other people, on the internet. Are we having fun, or are we in a hell where we’re merely communicating, learning too little too quickly, melting our brains into the abyssal portal? (The Baffler)

Quantum supremacy is coming. It won’t change the world. If quantum computers are to help solve humanity’s problems, they will have to improve drastically. (The Guardian)

The 10 ancient classics every student should read. As students we’re buried in reading and assignments. But if you want to increase your knowledge, get out your comfort zone and entertain yourself, the original Classics aren’t a bad place to start. (The Independent)

Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser. (Aeon)

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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.

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