3 min read · Oct 14th · La pregunta és un clàssic: qui té raó, Hobbes o Rousseau? ¿L’home és un llop per a l’home o la civilització ens ha fet malbé perquè érem (som) essencialment bons? La filosofia moral fa temps que hi…
4 min read · Aug 30th · El dirigent del PSC i president de l’anomenat Govern Alternatiu, Salvador Illa, va fer ahir unes declaracions al Diari de Girona que són molt interessants d’analitzar. Per diverses pistes que deixa…
7 min read · Aug 26th · “Under His Eye,” she says. The right farewell. “Under His Eye,” I reply, and she gives a little nod.
Now, however, that’s all set to change. Under the new design, your phone will now perform these searches on Apple’s behalf before your photos have even reached their iCloud servers, and—yada, yada, yada—if enough "forbidden content" is discovered, law-enforcement will be notified.
For its part, Apple says their system, in its initial, v1.0 design, has a narrow focus: it only scrutinizes photos intended to be uploaded to iCloud (although for 85% of its customers, that means EVERY photo), and it does not scrutinize them beyond a simple comparison against a database of specific examples of previously-identified child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
3 min read · Aug 20th · Introducing a new weekly column by Nigel Warburton, one of the world’s most-read philosophers.
If you want the bleak truth about what your future will very probably be like, go with being a pessimistic philosopher. But if you want to get things done, prevent things turning out too badly, and increase your level of happiness, don’t stare into the abyss too long – be an optimist, live a life which may turn out to have been based on illusion, and hope for the best.
If most athletes weren’t unrealistically optimistic about their chances of success, they’d never put in the training hours that result in a lucky few of them reaching the Olympics.
6 min read · Aug 20th · Modern life is, in many ways, founded around the idea of progress: the notion that as we know more (especially about science and technology), and as economies grow larger, we’re bound to end up…
But there was at least one eighteenth-century philosopher who was prepared to vigorously question the “Idea of Progress” – and who continues to have very provocative things to say to our own era.
His argument was simple: individuals had once been good and happy, but as man had emerged from his pre-social state, he had become plagued by vice and reduced to pauperism.
Primitive man, noted Rousseau, did not compare himself to others but instead focused solely on himself – his objective was simply to survive. Though Rousseau didn’t actually employ the term ‘noble savage’ in his philosophical writings, his account of natural man unleashed a fascination with this concept.
8 min read · Jul 22nd · Yesterday at lunch time, while I was sipping tea and casually going through Instagram stories to see what my friends were up to (not the best kind of work break, but we are all human after all), I was…
No peer-reviewed research. It’s not a good sign if you do a quick search in Google Scholar and nothing comes up.
For instance, Idriss Aberkanne is known to have coined the term “neurowisdom” in his book “Free up your mind!” which was described by neurology researcher Sebastian Dieguez as “an uninterrupted succession of isolated facts, of pointless detours, anecdotes and personal opinions, elementary mistakes, debunked ‘theories’, truisms, hyperboles and aphorisms, which do not make for good science education.”
4 min read · May 16th · The celebrated thinker once wrote that love was the most antipolitical of forces—but she also believed it had the power to change the world
Amor mundi is no abstract, diffuse love: rather it is the difficult duty of loving one’s neighbour, and loving the world, as they are presented.
The self reveals itself in action and through doing rather than being. It is through our engagement with the world—including and perhaps most importantly through acts of love—that we “become” ourselves. And, as a process, the self is ever-changing and ever-changeable.
2 min read · Mar 10th · Until recently, deceit was a trait unique to living beings. But these days artificial intelligence agents lie to us and each other all the time. The most popular example of dishonest AI came a couple…
3 min read · Feb 9th · Sophrosyne is a combination of moderation, self-control, and temperance. This ancient virtue can act as a guide to better manage our emotions.
Hope is the only good god remaining among mankind;The others have left and gone to Olympus.Trust, a mighty god has gone, Sophrosyne has gone from men;And the Graces, my friend, have abandoned the earth. — Theognis of Megara (6th-century BCE)