Archive for the ‘philosophy’ Category

Higher Voices Win Mates, Lower Voices Win Elections

Tweet Which is your favorite Margaret Thatcher? No surprise to most heterosexual men has been the consistent finding that women with higher-pitched voices attract more male attention. This finding has been observed even at the subtlest levels, such as measured differences in attractiveness between different stages of the menstrual cycle. In hunter-gatherer populations, women with […]

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Feliz Navidad Forever (dot com)

Ever wanted to listen to dozens of renditions of Feliz Navidad by clicking a single play button? Now you can! Brought to you by Naomi Most for no good reason.

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On Connectedness: Mark Pesce at TEDxCanberra

Hang on Mark Pesce’s every word as he reminds us of our humanity in the face of the wonderful, horrible machines of instant connection.

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Costume, Culture, and Coterie

Why can we so often successfully stereotype people who make up a given subculture?

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Reflections on Philosophy of Language

Berkeley’s Philosophy Meetup held a Philosophy of Language focused meeting. Here are Naomi’s follow-up thoughts on What Language Is (a fundamental but profound question, as it turns out) and pertinent insight from Terence McKenna on the matter.

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Prof Chris Gosden: Becoming Roman in Britain

Prof Chris Gosden of Oxford University, an archaeologist, believes “objects, to some degree, are in charge of us, rather than we are in charge of them.”

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Entitled Opinions – Mimetic Desire

Tweet A conversation with Professor René Girard about his theory of mimetic desire. Host: Robert Harrison Guest: René Girard (prof of French Lit, Stanford) Date: 9/18/2005 Harrison introduces Girard as being on the forefront of research and inquiry into "the fundamental mechanism of human desire", drawing together anthropology, literary criticism, and psychology.  Girard was inducted […]

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Daniel Dennett – Edinburg Series Enlightenment Lecture: "Free Will"

Tweet Physicalism  — the concept that all things are physical, including consciousness –  frequently becomes a target of derision almost as fast as someone can bring up the topic of free will. Our experiments show us that nature seems to have a set of governing “animate forces” that persist regardless of the orientation, position, or […]

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Terrence McKenna – Psychedelics – What Science Forgot

Terrence McKenna’s enlightening perspective on the development of culture vis-a-vis the evolution of the entire universe, at times hilarious but completely insightful.

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