Suggested readings, #42

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

Calculating the incalculable: Thoreau on the true value of a tree. (BrainPickings)

Stoicism and dating. Time to let your values lead the way. (Medium)

The IRS decided to get tough against Microsoft. Microsoft got tougher. [and, unfortunately, we let them get away with it.] (ProPublica)

Nancy Cartwright on the disunity of science. (Medium)

The top 10 crises the world should be watching in 2020. While these countries represent less than 6 percent of the world’s population, they host more than half of all people identified as being in need globally. (International Rescue Committee)

Bertrand Russell on how to conquer happiness — part II. (Medium)

Race and IQ. Again. [An excellent commentary on how a philosophical journal once again published a shoddy paper on “scientific racism.”] (Fardels Bear)

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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, #42”

  1. The racism piece was the one I looked at first. I of course, as you do, agree with it in general. The comments are what’s interesting. One person, in particular, comes off as a clear racist/racialist himself, with special pleadings, trying to do reverse spins on population genetics and more. Motivated reasoning with a dash of Dunning-Krueger effect, eh?

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  2. Re Microsoft and the IRS, there’s something kind of similar with Amazon. I’ve got the link from The Verge about 2/3 the way in this blog post, and other links have some of the background.

    Anyway, Amazon doesn’t, or hasn’t in general up to this date, been deemed by the federal court system to face the same legal liability for defective products when sold via third-party vendors in the Marketplace as retailer stores do.

    Related to that is that Amazon actually makes more money off the Marketplace than off their own sales of new products, which not many people know.

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