I recorded one of Thomas Kuhn's lectures from 1973, on "Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice" https://bit.ly/cs_tk
You might also be interested in my very long twitter thread on The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) https://twitter.com/bryankam/status/1303688412923400192
We're listening to/discussing one of my favourite albums, "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight" by Richard and Linda Thompson in just over an hour (7pm BST) on clubhouse if you're interested. 😊
Olivia Laing's The Trip to Echo Spring, about alcoholism and the writing of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams, Cheever, Berryman, and Carver is almost unbearably beautiful https://amzn.to/2JkpZlZ I remember The Lonely City being like this too.
This argument is similar to Julian Jaynes' account of the origin of language, but for Jaynes command precedes communication (based on apes) https://psyche.co/ideas/our-greatest-invention-was-the-invention-of-invention-itself
I wrote about what it was like taking a five day break from eating, speaking, screens to read, write, meditate, and exercise. And to see if time slowed down... https://bit.ly/36EESYo
Reading Darwin, he's pretty sure all domestic pigeons came from rock pigeons. But I had no idea there were such crazy-looking ones, called "fancy pigeons" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fancy_pigeon
Can anything top "The Silversword Alliance" in terms of an awesome name for plants? I want to join.
Sounds like Lisa Feldman Barrett is going the way of Friston and Heyes? I.e., that basically everything is culturally constructed, and all about interpretation/predictions? I'd be really interested to discuss this trend. https://fs.blog/knowledge-project/lisa-feldman-barrett/
Really enjoyed this article on bringing back mammoths https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/pleistocene-park/517779/
Anyone seen Crumb? Reminder of how different San Francisco once was, but also just how weird America used to be, how homogenised it is. It's a kind of dirge for the 60s from the 90s, but even more poignant because the 90s seem even deader now by contrast
London has changed a lot since I moved here in 2007, and these photos show exactly that period.
In a few weeks we'll be discussing the origins of consciousness, polytheism, language, selfhood, monotheism, and more!
Midlake, "Head Home" from The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006):
But there's someone I'd like to see
She never mentions a word to me
She reads Leviathan
I think I'll head home...
Writing about/discussing complexity, step changes, and revolutions in between drafts of a Victorian-style novel of ideas
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