Suggested readings, #35

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

Einstein in Athens. Modern science is unwittingly echoing Aristotle — and still has much to learn from him. [So says the author. After having read the whole long piece, I ain’t convinced.] (The New Atlantis)

The ‘Perfect Friendship,’ According to Aristotle. Why do some friendships last and others fade? (Medium)

The media’s coverage of AI is bogus. Claims that machine learning can predict sexuality, psychosis, and more are greatly overblown. (Scientific American)

Try this Stoic writing exercise and get to the heart of the real thing. (Medium)

The power of anonymous. Is the figure of the author bad for literature? Un-authored Roman literature and the transcendence of mere individuality. [A bit too much on the post-modern side of things for my taste, but several interesting observations nevertheless.] (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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