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My name is Lance.

I'm a Philosophy major using a philosopher's toolbox to investigate a variety of life's issues.

Activities that I enjoy include making bad jokes, playing chess, go, & other strategy games, solving puzzles, cooking, eating food drenched in hot sauce, exercising, reading, writing, socializing, taking long walks, and generally striving towards self-improvement and living a fulfilling, virtuous, happy life.

When a man said to Diogenes that it was a bad thing to live; "Not to live," said he, "but to live badly."

A thoughtful counter-argument is always more appealing to me than unthinking agreement.

 

Moderns, [Pfau] believes, too often fail to capture the difference between a dog slobbering at the sound of its rattled food dish and a master violinist “practicing over and over her scales or some intractable passage in a score.” As repetition becomes habit, the violinist can move on to increasingly more complex pieces of music. Pfau uses this example to illustrate Thomas Aquinas’s alternative conception of habit as something that actually increases freedom by expanding agency.

Steven Knepper, “Thomas Pfau’s Minding The Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge” (via semper-spes-est)

goebel

(via semper-spes-est)

Wow, that’s a pretty fascinating idea. Going to have to think over my conceptions of habit.

curlybrownboy:

belindapendragon:

kobetyrant:

HOW IS THIS NOT EVERYWHERE?

Reblogging this good news…again.

y’all know EXACTLY why this isn’t everywhere. don’t pretend to be oblivious

It is pretty obvious.
The post has been pretty damn successful at more than 300,000 notes
Most people who are acknowledged as geniuses aren’t discussed at all by news outlets.

curlybrownboy:

belindapendragon:

kobetyrant:

HOW IS THIS NOT EVERYWHERE?

Reblogging this good news…again.

y’all know EXACTLY why this isn’t everywhere. don’t pretend to be oblivious

It is pretty obvious.

  1. The post has been pretty damn successful at more than 300,000 notes
  2. Most people who are acknowledged as geniuses aren’t discussed at all by news outlets.

(Source: lawdgevus)

Self-pity is a disease that feeds upon itself; it builds up a resistance to anything that threatens to alleviate the misery being secretly enjoyed.

Mortimer Adler (via semper-spes-est)

You don’t speak well, Sir, if you believe that a man worth anything at all would give countervailing weight to the danger of life or death or give consideration to anything but this when he acts: whether his action is just or unjust, the action of a good or of an evil man.

Socrates

Neither pleasure nor pain should enter as motives when one must do what must be done.

Julius Evola, Ride the Tiger: Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul (via ludimagister)

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

Mortimer J. Adler (via feellng)

Those that study particular sciences, and neglect philosophy, are like Penelope’s wooers, that make love to the waiting women.

Aristippus

While I was at the hotel to-day an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing a perfect equality between the Negroes and white people. [Great laughter.] While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject yet as the question was asked me, I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races [applause]—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people, and I will say in addition to this that there is physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will for ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together, there must be the position of superior and inferior. I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say, upon the occasion, I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the black should be denied everything. I do not understand that because I do not want a Negro woman for a slave, I must necessarily want her for a wife. [Cheers and laughter]….I have never had the least apprehension that I or my friends would marry Negroes if there was no law to keep them from it, (laughter) but as Judge Douglas and his friends seem to be in apprehension that they might, if there were no law to keep them from it, (roars of laughter) I give him the most solemn pledge that I will, to the very last, stand by the law of this state, which forbids the marrying of white people with Negroes. (Continued laughter and applause.)

Abraham Lincoln, who clearly started the war with the south due to his great love for black people.

soycrates:

daughterofprometheus:

deducecanoe:

ruthpower:

Dawkins needs to get over himself

Bam. Dawkins is a jerk.

Dawkins looks like he is being physically repelled by Bill Nye’s presence. Like Bill has this aura that pushes back assholes or something.

If anyone has actually seen this video, right before or after Bill Nye makes these statements, Dawkins totally agrees with him and discusses the issue with just as must interest and concern…
I’m tired of people getting judged by their resting bitch face.
It’s cool if you don’t understand how someone can look pissed off but actually be contemplative or even content but actually that’s not cool at all and you need to take that shit elsewhere

The point Bill Nye is pretty much nonsense. It assumes men and women have rough equality in areas such as motivation and potentiality in the fields, which doesn’t seem to be true. Men are, more often than women, at the extreme ends of intelligence—so when talking about jobs which require high intelligence, we should expect to find more men than women. Also true is that the hard sciences tend to involve skills which men tend to score better in, such as mathematics, and thus it seems reasonable to expect motivation for men to be higher, as well.
More obvious examples of the same type of assumptions being ignored:
One half of the humans have a below average IQ, so one half of the scientists should have a below average IQ
About 72% of Americans are white, so about 72% of science masters degrees should be obtained by whites (about 56% were in 2008)
One half of the humans are male, so one half of the science masters degrees should be obtained by men (About 45% were in 2008)
We shouldn’t be ignoring other factors that make situations more complicated. Men and women are equals in neither biology nor environment, so we shouldn’t expect outcomes to always be completely homogenous.
Unless, of course, in recognizing that men and whites are being underrepresented in science degrees we want to start some affirmative action programs up to help them out.

soycrates:

daughterofprometheus:

deducecanoe:

ruthpower:

Dawkins needs to get over himself

Bam. Dawkins is a jerk.

Dawkins looks like he is being physically repelled by Bill Nye’s presence. Like Bill has this aura that pushes back assholes or something.

If anyone has actually seen this video, right before or after Bill Nye makes these statements, Dawkins totally agrees with him and discusses the issue with just as must interest and concern…

I’m tired of people getting judged by their resting bitch face.

It’s cool if you don’t understand how someone can look pissed off but actually be contemplative or even content but actually that’s not cool at all and you need to take that shit elsewhere

The point Bill Nye is pretty much nonsense. It assumes men and women have rough equality in areas such as motivation and potentiality in the fields, which doesn’t seem to be true. Men are, more often than women, at the extreme ends of intelligence—so when talking about jobs which require high intelligence, we should expect to find more men than women. Also true is that the hard sciences tend to involve skills which men tend to score better in, such as mathematics, and thus it seems reasonable to expect motivation for men to be higher, as well.

More obvious examples of the same type of assumptions being ignored:

  • One half of the humans have a below average IQ, so one half of the scientists should have a below average IQ
  • About 72% of Americans are white, so about 72% of science masters degrees should be obtained by whites (about 56% were in 2008)
  • One half of the humans are male, so one half of the science masters degrees should be obtained by men (About 45% were in 2008)

We shouldn’t be ignoring other factors that make situations more complicated. Men and women are equals in neither biology nor environment, so we shouldn’t expect outcomes to always be completely homogenous.

Unless, of course, in recognizing that men and whites are being underrepresented in science degrees we want to start some affirmative action programs up to help them out.

(Source: scienceing)

Yet if Platonism was the ‘philosophy that approximates most nearly to Christianity,’ Augustine fully understood that in the end it, too, fell short of the mark. Like the other schools of the pagan world, the Platonists flirted with the conceit that we could achieve happiness in this world of our own free will. For human beings vitiated by original sin, this was simply not possible; happiness was beyond our control. God alone, through his grace, could transform and heal us. As Augustine emphasized again and again, true happiness was ‘the gift of God,’ to be imparted only at death and only to a chosen few.

Darrin McMahon on the distinction between ancient Greek and early Christian philosophy in Happiness: A History