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  1. Comment on What are you currently reading? in ~books

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    How long does it take you to finish that series? I'm curious.

    How long does it take you to finish that series? I'm curious.

  2. Comment on Thanks for all of the great discussion in the philosophy thread the other day! in ~talk

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    I'd usually call these things (podcasts, articles) more of a supplement to reading. Even in a course you read so muchhhh and on top of that you have lectures and articles to go along with it. I...

    I'd usually call these things (podcasts, articles) more of a supplement to reading. Even in a course you read so muchhhh and on top of that you have lectures and articles to go along with it. I think though, you can get a good rudimentary understanding if you find an online course or some articles and follow along on with some of lighter readings, while also listening to podcasts and such. I suggest finding syllabi online as they often contain an outline and you'll get a feeling for just how much students learn/read in one course. You can also find some nice resources on those. Also definitely don't read Hegel now haha (or ever because god damn he's hard to read).

  3. Comment on Thanks for all of the great discussion in the philosophy thread the other day! in ~talk

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    Yeah, I'm really liking how much this community is into philosophy. I frequented r/badphilosophy so that kind of deeper discussion but also lighthearted beginner friendliness is something I very...

    Yeah, I'm really liking how much this community is into philosophy. I frequented r/badphilosophy so that kind of deeper discussion but also lighthearted beginner friendliness is something I very much hope to see over here. I made a short intro guide for another user here:

    https://tildes.net/~talk/1n6/anyone_want_to_talk_philosophy#comment-h91

    I also have something of an academic background in it (getting a minor) so if anyone wants to know the textbooks I've used or the way our classes were structured I'm willing to share. Happy philosophizing.

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  4. Comment on Will automation affect society positively or negatively? in ~talk

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    Depends on future historical developments and geographical region. I fear the worst, as it currently is our society relies on labour to function and propagate. That's why even though automation is...

    Depends on future historical developments and geographical region. I fear the worst, as it currently is our society relies on labour to function and propagate. That's why even though automation is increasing you don't see talk of less work hours, only layoffs and the necessity to create "new jobs." I always bring up the seventy something year old Walmart greeters as a good example of useless jobs that still serve a function to society, as backwards as that may seem.
    The "automation" or labour crisis will definitely necessitate a change in the way society thinks about work. I've seen a few proposed solutions, such as UBI or federal job guarantee, and Im inclined to think the federal job guarantee is the way to go after looking into it briefly. They are both worth looking into though. These are just band-aids for a larger, structural problem that we all face in the 21st century and I hope we can overcome it and that automation will actually allow for less work and better work conditions, rather than the current trend in which workers are being treated inhumanely and hired to do things we can be doing without. Things such as the strenuous, inhumane labour conditions being employed by Amazon.

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  5. Comment on Anyone want to talk philosophy? in ~talk

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    I have some tips and recs for you. It's good to know the history of philosophy, even if it's very brief. Also learn about the major schools of thought (ie. Idealism, Materialism) and other terms....

    I have some tips and recs for you. It's good to know the history of philosophy, even if it's very brief. Also learn about the major schools of thought (ie. Idealism, Materialism) and other terms. A good starting pointing point is epistemology and the pre-socratic greeks (such as knowing vs believing). If you want a more contemporary view on philosophy, I recommend learning about german idealism and the enlightenment and see how the general trends lead into today's thought. Can't stress the history enough though. Look into these philosophers (wouldn't recommend reading their text straight away unless youre brave): Socrates/Plato/Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Marx. Get acquainted with their thought as best as you can, it'll take a while because these are some major players.

    For something introductory works, try these books:

    Books

    • "A History of Philosophy" the Frederick Copleston series, his books I recommend up until Kant.
    • The Cambridge Companions of any of the major theorists mentioned above, these books are always adequate.

    Video series

    • The Yale series on Youtube
    • Rick Roderick's videos on the partiallyexaminedlife channel (Youtube)
    • Philosophytube
    • Wireless Philosophy

    Podcasts

    • Partially Examined Life
    • A history of philosophy without any gaps
    • Philosophize this
    4 votes
  6. Comment on [SPOILERS] Westworld - S02E07 "Les Écorchés" - Post-Episode Discussion in ~tv

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    True, hadn't considered that. Good point.

    True, hadn't considered that. Good point.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on [SPOILERS] Westworld - S02E07 "Les Écorchés" - Post-Episode Discussion in ~tv

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    Very much didn't like some parts of this episode, felt cartoonish. The security scenes were embarassing and although I like Hopskins acting, Ford seems a bit too animated versus his more reserved,...

    Very much didn't like some parts of this episode, felt cartoonish. The security scenes were embarassing and although I like Hopskins acting, Ford seems a bit too animated versus his more reserved, sinister self in season 1. Overall weakest episode of the season in my opinion. Maeve is still my favorite character.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Post your shelfies! in ~books

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    Wow! The Wheel of Time would take up it's own shelf lol. How much of this have you read? It's really amazing.

    Wow! The Wheel of Time would take up it's own shelf lol. How much of this have you read? It's really amazing.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Do you prefer an Ebook or a Paper book and why? in ~books

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    Definitely paper. I underline and tag on a lot of notes and writing to my books and it's pretty tedious in e-format. I also find having only the book in hand allows for longer reading sessions as...

    Definitely paper. I underline and tag on a lot of notes and writing to my books and it's pretty tedious in e-format. I also find having only the book in hand allows for longer reading sessions as I'm not distracted by my phone, or my tablet/e-reader.

    I do read PDFs on my phone and laptop on occasion but I'd always have a physical copy if I could because of how I learn and go about studying my books.

    2 votes
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  11. Comment on How do you log your reads? in ~books

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    Generally a social thing. Sharing your reads and recommending some to others using it is nice. I use it for commenting and posting reviews as well.

    Generally a social thing. Sharing your reads and recommending some to others using it is nice. I use it for commenting and posting reviews as well.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on How do you log your reads? in ~books

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    I'd think it'd fall under self-help more though if I'm being honest

    I'd think it'd fall under self-help more though if I'm being honest

    3 votes
  13. Comment on How do you log your reads? in ~books

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    I've heard of bullet journals before, and a friend used it in the past. Might have to look into it sometime. Not a luddite but understand the hesitancy with technology. What's your reason?

    I've heard of bullet journals before, and a friend used it in the past. Might have to look into it sometime. Not a luddite but understand the hesitancy with technology. What's your reason?

    3 votes
  14. Post your shelfies!

    Since I just moved into my apartment my shelf/book collection is sparse and I hardly have space for more. What I do have though keeps me busy. If anyone wants to know I ordered - history on the...

    Since I just moved into my apartment my shelf/book collection is sparse and I hardly have space for more. What I do have though keeps me busy. If anyone wants to know I ordered - history on the left, theory and sociology in the middle, and philosophy on the right. Anyone reading the same books I am?

    https://i.imgur.com/BW1BJ8z.jpg

    Post yours and discuss.

    12 votes
  15. Comment on How do you log your reads? in ~books

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    Account customization on mobile is horrendous and requires connecting to your browser. It's also a bit bloated, and I'd prefer something a little lighter. That being said I will continue using it...

    Account customization on mobile is horrendous and requires connecting to your browser. It's also a bit bloated, and I'd prefer something a little lighter. That being said I will continue using it for it's reviews as it's probably got the biggest base for that.

    Sidenote: JBP's 12 Rules for life is tagged under philosophy and that bothered me a bit haha

    3 votes
  16. How do you log your reads?

    Personally I've become less and less fond of Goodreads but there doesn't seem to be many good alternatives. Plus the app is not great. Does anyone know any open source/free alternatives?

    12 votes
  17. Comment on Let's discuss politics in ~talk

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    Surprised not to see more socialists here, definitely expected right libertarians though. As for me, I am academically a Marxist. Politically this tends to lend itself to socialism of course but I...

    Surprised not to see more socialists here, definitely expected right libertarians though.

    As for me, I am academically a Marxist. Politically this tends to lend itself to socialism of course but I tend to just say I'm a leftist for several reasons which I'd rather not share. My views can be thought of lining up with newer Marxist thought and especially 20th century critical theory. The most important thing to understand about my politics is I am anti-capitalist and this is why I joined tildes. Non-profit communities are very attractive to me and so are ones which are free open and source.

    I have several reservations about this quite controversial label:

    Firstly, I am not a tankie or a Stalin apologist. I do think being critical to the USSR is important and especially Stalin, but in the same breath I will be sure to criticize the U.S. and it's atrocities just as harshly.

    Also, I am willing to heathily debate someone if they'd like but don't respond to people who immediately attack my position, Id prefer a critical polemic and respectful (as much as is allowed in a heated debate) discourse.

    Hopefully the political aspect to this site can be developed in a way which maintains quality.

  18. Comment on Ye listening party afterthoughts in ~music

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    Thank you so much. I won't be giving up on her, we've been through a lot.

    Thank you so much. I won't be giving up on her, we've been through a lot.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Ye listening party afterthoughts in ~music

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    I really loved Ghost Town and the whole album honestly. My girlfriend and I are going through a rough patch and we're on a break, she has bipolar type II and this made me just long for her to be...

    I really loved Ghost Town and the whole album honestly. My girlfriend and I are going through a rough patch and we're on a break, she has bipolar type II and this made me just long for her to be better and for us to make it. Ghost Town hit so hard because it speaks to our situation right now and especially my feelings for her.

    I'll be listening to this album a lot, it'll help get me through this.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on What books are you reading right now? in ~talk

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    Currently reading two books: First one is "The Worldly Philosophers" by Robert L. Heilbroner. It's a fairly brief history of classical economists such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Marx. It...

    Currently reading two books:

    First one is "The Worldly Philosophers" by Robert L. Heilbroner. It's a fairly brief history of classical economists such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Marx. It also goes into later ones such as Keynes. It outlines their thought as well but the way I'm describing it is doing it a disservice, the real cool part is the way he outlines the historical context that creates the theory these men conjure. It's written so smoothly and the introduction alone makes it a worthy pickup for anyone interested in economics.

    The second one is "What About Me?: The Struggle For Identity in a Marketbased Society" by Paul Verhaeghe. Verhaeghe uses psychoanalysis as a tool to understand how recent social change has led to what he referred to as new psychic crisis of loneliness, depression, and loss of identity. The introductory chapter, like the other book, is an excellent read and it delves into how identity is not solely an individual genetic predispositon but is created from everything around you and even is coalescing into something symbolic before you're born.