As a teenager I remember asking myself this question and freaking out over it: why am I me? It wasn’t just ‘why do I have this body and this set of circumstances’ – I could imagine being transplanted to a different body, family, home, set of friendships, native language, and still being me. It wasn’t even ‘why do I have this personality’ – I could … Continue reading Why am I me?
How the analytic/continental philosophy divide played out in my life Continue reading what I’ve learned about the literature faculty
MARAUDERS BEWARE: I’m continuing my streak of Harry Potter posts with some serious plot spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You have been warned. Scroll past the pretty picture for the spoilers. Much of the plot of the Cursed Child revolves around a timeturner. The timeturner allows the characters to dial back a few hours, days or even years, at which point they … Continue reading The trouble with time travel
I recently graced my Twitter followers with a link to this Guardian article by Yuval Noah Harari: this article is wrong about everything but too few characters to explain y #VR #futureofwork #Robots https://t.co/DzOlVEAC5n — 🌷MaddieLBM🌷 (@MaddieLBM) 8 mai 2017 WordPress grants me a few more characters, so here is my analysis. The article Here is my summary, but don’t take my word for it; … Continue reading Is life just virtual reality?
Biological warfare is a term more commonly associated with terrifying sci-fi scenarios than with gestating children. Yet if you believe this article from Aeon.co, pregnancy is pretty much Womb War III: Pregnancy is a lot more like war than we might care to admit […] The mammal mother works hard to stop her children from taking more than she is willing to give. The children … Continue reading Metaphor as manipulation
A few months ago I oh-so-dramatically announced my temporary retirement from the corporate world in favour of a masters in philosophy. I was aware of the strong millennial trends to #quityourjob, #dowhatyoulove and #pursueyourdream, but I’d like to think I wasn’t influenced by them too strongly. To briefly and blandly describe the reasons for this life decision, (1) I wanted some formal education in the … Continue reading Objectifying your dreams
Those of us lucky enough, over the festive period, to be able to sink into the loving embrace of the sofa beside an open fire, glass of port in hand, belly full of turkey and Thornton’s, and surrounded by loving relatives, might be tempted to proclaim that ‘this is what it’s all about’. The meaningful life consists in the cosiness of affection, security and slight … Continue reading Wtf is the ‘meaning of life’?!
(It works slightly better in an American accent.) The other day my Medium ‘Daily Digest’ delivered me a post about leisure, featuring this quote from monk David Steindl-Rast: Leisure is the virtue of those who give time to whatever it is that takes time I’ve talked before (here and here) about leisure time making up a precious tiny proportion of most people’s lives; employers buy the use … Continue reading carpe dem diems: seize your leisure
Mia Thermopolis (or, to cite her full name, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo) is the reluctant princess and narrator of The Princess Diaries (all 11 of them), the first few of which I read as a teenager. Like any teenager, Mia had many ambitions and hopes for the future. A frequent feature on her to-do lists was the phrase ‘Achieve self-actualization’ – along with things like ‘Go … Continue reading Aristotle & The Princess Diaries
A horse has won a horse race. — Boring Tweeter (@b0ringtweets) 9 avril 2016 This is how I read most sports news: as a set of non-events that hardly merit a daily supplement in the papers. I’ll make allowances, however, for things like the #Rio2016 Olympics; this kind of event feels like an exception, perhaps because we love a multi-billion-pound TV spectacle, or because it’s … Continue reading Sport & moral life