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Prerequisite reading

Postby solemnlysworn » Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:51 am

On Philosophy
One of:
Simon Blackburn's Think
Thomas Nagel's What Does it All Mean?
Betrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy

On Politics
Will Kymlicka's Contemporary Political Philosophy
Adam Swift's Political Philosophy

As a supplement on Enlightenment vs anti-enlightenment thought, Ian Shapiro's Moral Foundations of Politics has been turned into an online lecture-based course https://www.coursera.org/learn/moral-politics

This forum tends to make Enlightenment arguments on the basis of social contract (for which Hobbes's Leviathan and Machiavelli's The Prince are the classic texts) but the main talking point of Enlightenment ideas is the idea of science as a vehicle by which we can organise society, through technological improvement and scientific understanding of human nature, evolutionary psychology etc. In that respect:

On Science, Mind and Evolution of-
Tim Crane's The Mechanical Mind
Eysenck and Keane's Cognitive Psychology
Boyd and Silk's How Humans Evolved
Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct
Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby ShaolinMonk » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:13 am

:lol:
Tomes on understanding the inner asshole and the methodology of fking over individuals, groups and getting away with it?

If you want to read up on something of a living legend, check out George Soros.
Humanitarianism and empathy turned on itself, such that it kills the host of their own volition while virtue signaling their demise.

More interesting, SS, is what do YOU think?
Not the paraphrased crap of someone else's published works. Your raw thoughts. Based on your experiences and observations.
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby xdude » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:14 am

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker

(on the story of we are just play dough, we have no innate nature but what we are taught, not true)

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

(on why cognitive bias can be both a useful survival mechanism, and mislead us too)

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

(from a neurologist, on how we actually make our decisions first, and our intellect comes along later and justifies our unconscious minds)



Plenty of others, but those are all PC incorrect books that strip away beliefs, and provide new insights into who we are as people.
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby ShaolinMonk » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:30 am

Oh that should prove interesting:
provide new insights into who we are as people.

The royal "we" is so obnoxious. How about, you look at yourself?

Tell me what you think about this thread, from your perspective:
https://www.psychforums.com/antisocial-personality/topic214742.html

What do you think was going on in their heads?
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby xdude » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:37 am

ShaolinMonk wrote:What do you think was going on in their heads?


Seems like a bell curve case. The extremes. Extremes may stand out, but they aren't the norm. Generalizations from the extremes probably won't tell us much.
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby ShaolinMonk » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:39 am

All you said was a lot of nothing.
Is that the Bluster B special? Or the side ways dance of denial?
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby xdude » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:42 am

ShaolinMonk wrote:All you said was a lot of nothing.
Is that the Bluster B special? Or the side ways dance of denial?


So I am a big believer in when people are paranoid, or are dishonest, etc., it's because they are saying something about themselves. The question then is since that topic fascinates you, were you writing about your true self? It isn't mine, but why did that topic come up in your mind? It was post worthy on your part, why?
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby solemnlysworn » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:16 pm

Thanks for the suggestions xdude
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby xdude » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:34 pm

solemnlysworn wrote:Thanks for the suggestions xdude


The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, is not the shocker it was when it came out, but still a good read. He has written many books, they are all good reads, but that book was probably the one that made the difference and started a whole new line of thinking about who we are - https://stevenpinker.com/biocv

"The modern denial of human nature" what a concept, and it left many people very upset. I am thankful he wrote it.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow is probably one of those best seller books by now. It is sort of a 'must read' for anyone interested in psychology. If not into reading, then this video is worth a watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjVQJdIrDJ0
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Re: Prerequisite reading

Postby Squaredonutwheels » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:52 am

I view politics as the place where people go to die or where dead people go to live but interesting list anyway.

As I get older it seems like politics is unavoidable which speaks for the privilege that has sheltered me from such burdens thus far I guess.
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