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What subjects related to humanities you would like to be discussed on Tildes?

I love humanities and philosophy in particular. I'm also a layman in both counts. Nevertheless, sometimes I wanna post some personal/informal essays on these subjects, but I have no idea if my fellow Tilderinos have any interest in those at all.

So here are as some subjects I have in mind, please tell if you're interested in of those or anything relatead:

The idea is not to make anything resemble a professional take of these subjects, but rather informal commentaries that might serve as starting points for interesting discussions.

Sadly, I don' have the knowledge or disposition to comment on subjects that are typically popular on Tildes, such as those more directedly related to computer science and artificial intelligence.

In terms of reference, I won't go much beyond the refereed links, which are reasonably exhaustive for the purposes of this project. The periodicity will be once every two months (counting starts tomorrow), with the first post that comes in next Septemper 16, 2020 (Monday). 60 days from now. Because of that, it wil be probably long form (no quarantees!).

This would come in addition to my project of going through each informal fallacies in the Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, but I don't have any concrete plans for that now.

In any case, these things take time and effort, and I'll only then if and only if you guys and girls demonstrate interest. So please be vocal!

I'll choose the next subject of discussion base on public interest.

16 comments

  1. [3]
    eban
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    I’m always a sucker for some Camus

    I’m always a sucker for some Camus

    10 votes
    1. [2]
      mrbig
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      Any book in particular?

      Any book in particular?

      1 vote
      1. Ayax28
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        Not OP, but lately I have been reading The Rebel. Such a good book that I have been reading slowly and throughout. The chapter on the criticism on catholic church I specially have a liking. I'm...

        Not OP, but lately I have been reading The Rebel. Such a good book that I have been reading slowly and throughout. The chapter on the criticism on catholic church I specially have a liking. I'm afraid that I haven't read it for a time and I have to go back to square one, but I gladly I would do it again.

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    onyxleopard
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    These all sound like topics I would be interested to read your thoughts on, esp. the philosophy of language related topics of speech acts and possible worlds semantics.

    These all sound like topics I would be interested to read your thoughts on, esp. the philosophy of language related topics of speech acts and possible worlds semantics.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      mrbig
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      Speech acts is awesome and not hard at all.

      Speech acts is awesome and not hard at all.

      1. onyxleopard
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        Yeah we covered speech acts in my pragmatics course. Fun to think about illocutionary and perlocutionary forces and stuff like litotes (which was mentioned recently on Language Log). Pragmatics,...

        Yeah we covered speech acts in my pragmatics course. Fun to think about illocutionary and perlocutionary forces and stuff like litotes (which was mentioned recently on Language Log). Pragmatics, in general, is a super fascinating subfield of Linguistics, and it’s one area where computational natural language understanding (NLU) is vastly understudied compared with Morphology, Phonology, Phonetics, or Syntax.

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    Eric_the_Cerise
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    Not my wheelhouse, but a few areas I'm interested in ... Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism Cognitive distortions and logical fallacies. Logic in general, and the assorted difficulties humans have with...

    Not my wheelhouse, but a few areas I'm interested in ...

    • Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism
    • Cognitive distortions and logical fallacies.
    • Logic in general, and the assorted difficulties humans have with it.
    • Same as above but more specifically, anything like the classical Socratic/Platonic Dialogues.

    ETA: As interesting as the scholarly study of such things may be for others, my own interest is purely practical ... how to improve my life and my way of thinking.

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      Sill
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      You might like Thinking, Fast and Slow, if you've never read it. It's by one of the grandfathers of behavioral economics and does a really good job of showing ways in which the brain fails, and...

      You might like Thinking, Fast and Slow, if you've never read it. It's by one of the grandfathers of behavioral economics and does a really good job of showing ways in which the brain fails, and the reasoning for why there are separate approaches (a fast good-enough heuristic vs. a slow conscious deliberation) the brain takes.

      1 vote
      1. Eric_the_Cerise
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        Yes, I've read it, and own it. And yes, this is exactly the kind of stuff that interests me. The LessWrong website is another good resource ... although, as much as I want to like it more, too...

        Yes, I've read it, and own it. And yes, this is exactly the kind of stuff that interests me.

        The LessWrong website is another good resource ... although, as much as I want to like it more, too much of the material comes across as condescending.

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    Kuromantis
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    Alternate history and ethnic analysis are interesting to me, although the alternate history YouTube channels I know aren't all that good and given how specific history tends to be, the whole thing...

    Alternate history and ethnic analysis are interesting to me, although the alternate history YouTube channels I know aren't all that good and given how specific history tends to be, the whole thing isn't easy to nail.

    1 vote
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      mrbig
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      I'm not that interested in an alternate history, but ethics comes naturally to me. My only problem is making arguments that other people consider defensible. My personal stances tend to be make...

      I'm not that interested in an alternate history, but ethics comes naturally to me. My only problem is making arguments that other people consider defensible. My personal stances tend to be make people angry (without being bigoted or anything of the sort).

      1. Kuromantis
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        Ethnics. You know, that complex thing that makes people unite, sometimes for good and often for bad.

        ethics

        Ethnics. You know, that complex thing that makes people unite, sometimes for good and often for bad.

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    CALICO
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    I can fuck with Philosophy of Mind all day, every day. Start talking the Hard Problem of Consciousness, and I might have to put on some sexy music and pop open a bottle of wine.

    I can fuck with Philosophy of Mind all day, every day.
    Start talking the Hard Problem of Consciousness, and I might have to put on some sexy music and pop open a bottle of wine.

    1 vote
    1. mrbig
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      Consciousness is a hard problem and I'd b weary to approach it in way that might be interesting to Tilderinos. But Philosophy of Mind is a beautiful thing :)

      Consciousness is a hard problem and I'd b weary to approach it in way that might be interesting to Tilderinos. But Philosophy of Mind is a beautiful thing :)

  6. Sill
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    Would you have any interest in using podcasts to create a scaffolding for discussion? I've linked to the episode archive of various shows below, and it could be a good place to look for topics,...

    Would you have any interest in using podcasts to create a scaffolding for discussion? I've linked to the episode archive of various shows below, and it could be a good place to look for topics, with something bridging the layman-professional gap, and perhaps be easier for some people to fit into their day?

    Podcast RSS? Notes
    Elucidations RSS -
    History of Philosophy RSS -
    In Our Time RSS -
    On Being RSS More religious/emotional approach than the rest
    Philosophical Disquisitions RSS -
    Philosophize This RSS -
    Philosophy Bites RSS -
    Rationally Speaking RSS -
    The Partially Examined Life RSS Roundtable
    The Philosopher's Zone RSS -
    Very Bad Wizards RSS Mix of psychology, philosophy, and media. Decreasingly "repugnant" the closer to present.
  7. chungkng
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    Would love to see a discussion on Camus! A few months ago I read The Stranger for the second time and it really had a different effect from the first. So I proceeded to read The Myth of Sisyphus...

    Would love to see a discussion on Camus! A few months ago I read The Stranger for the second time and it really had a different effect from the first. So I proceeded to read The Myth of Sisyphus and then The Plague. I thought by then that I'd have a pretty solid basis for reading The Rebel but it seems to be both harder and to require more prior knowledge than the other three, so I've been stuck in it for the past three months lol.