Suggested readings, #46

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

The biology of love. Humans teeter on a knife’s edge. The same deep chemistry that fosters bonding can, in a heartbeat, pivot to fear and hate. [A bit too much evolutionary speculation, but interesting nonetheless.] (Aeon)

The Ancient World’s best kept secret. Recent scholarship exposes a [literally] whitewashed Roman history. (Medium)

Why is the human brain so efficient? How massive parallelism lifts the brain’s performance above that of AI. [And why brains are not digital computers.] (Pocket)

How to become an exceptional writer by studying philosophy. A comprehensive examination of how engaging in philosophical analysis will make you a much stronger thinker and writer. [Don’t know about “exceptional,” but this is useful.] (Medium)

The impact of philosophy – and the philosophy of impact. [I actually think the author’s conclusion is off, but the articles raises some interesting points.] (3QuarksDaily)

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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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  1. Good to post that Aeon piece on brains and minds and such. Per it, it’s really not fair to compare human consciousness to the processes of a computer, which doesn’t control a “body.” Rather, it would be to compare our embodied consciousness to that of a robot.

    And anybody who’s seen robot motion and things like that honestly knows we have little to “fear” at this time.


    I’ve read other such recent pieces on oxytocin. It’s also a reminder to avoid neurotransmitter simplicity. Dopamine is NOT “the pleasure molecule”; serotonin is NOT the “anti-depression molecule”; etc., etc. This spills over into simplistic understandings of addiction and more..

    (Besides, most “love” is actually “lust,” but that’s another topic.)


    And, ahh, another article on painted statuary from antiquity. An interesting subject.

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