Suggested readings, #59

Turkish Artist Uses Artificial Intelligence To Share Historical Ottoman Archives

Here it is, your weekly rundown of interesting articles I’ve come across recently, to consider for your weekend readings:

Computers don’t give a damn. The improbability of genuine thinking machines. (TLS)

To build resilience in isolation, master the art of time travel. When the present is unpleasant, it helps to think ahead to the future and back to the past. [Actually, some of this advice doesn’t seem that good to me, but try it out and let me know.] (New York Times)

Simworld. A brief history of the idea that reality is unreal. (Philosophy Now)

What does Epictetus mean by “prohairesis.” A key idea of Stoic philosophy, worked out in detail by Epictetus. [My friend Greg Sadler writes about Stoic mindfulness.] (Medium)

‘Believe All Women’ is a Right-Wing trap. How feminists got stuck answering for a canard. (New York Times)

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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.

4 thoughts on “Suggested readings, #59”

  1. Massimo, here is your humanist fellow, from Chattanooga Humanist Assembly. I enjoy your selection of readings and your articles in Humanist Magazine. As a pediatrician, I loved the article of Laura Feracioli in Aeon about carefree children. Such a great and sadly forgotten attribute of childhood- remains me Milne’s, Christopher Robin. As a guy who teaches about
    the personal worldviews I liked Kaufmann’s piece about Maslow and as a foreigner – the story about Imre Latakos. If you have a spare minute check me on
    Presently I am working on Non-materialistic parenting and education, Any thoughts or resources would be greatly appreciated. Be safe in your crazy New York! Tom

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  2. Hello Massimo. Just to say I am loving your Stoa Nova conversations even though I don’t often watch them live because it is 3am where I live in Perth, Western Australia. Can I please ask that you continue to record these going forward. Many thanks. Kind regards, Iain Lumsden

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    1. Iain, glad you enjoy what is now becoming a “show” of sorts. Yes, I intend to keep doing them after if and when the pandemic will be over. People seem to find them useful, and I have fun doing them!

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