“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:“I deeply sympathize.”With sobs and tears he sorted outThose of the largest size,Holding his pocket-handkerchiefBefore his streaming eyes. “O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,“You’ve had a pleasant run!Shall we be trotting home again?’But answer came there none–And this was scarcely odd, becauseThey’d eaten every one.

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To make up for my cynical anti-TED postings of the last week or two, here is an awesome TED talk from this year’s event, about the American prison system’s race prejudices. It’s also about identity, and the need for TED not just to focus on technology, design, entertainment, and successful happy rich people, but also Read more…

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I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks, moving house, and working on a new AHRC-funded project, The Philosophy Hub, which will launch in May. It will be a network and map of philosophy groups around the world. I need your help with it: if you come across philosophy groups around the world, get in Read more…

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‘The most important Manhattan Projects of the future will be vast government-sponsored enquiries into what the politicians and the participating scientists will call “the problem of happiness” — in other words, the problem of making people love their servitude.’ From his 1947 foreword to the second edition of Brave New World

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Secular liberalism, which was born in Athens in the fifth century BC, replaced the Olympian gods with the god of Public Opinion. According to the fifth century philosopher Protagoras, who is perhaps the father of liberal philosophy, what drives us to obey the law and fit in with the manners of civilisation is not fear Read more…