Prepping us for a cashless future…
Children are unconsciously the most rational beings on earth,” says Alison Gopnik, “brilliantly drawing accurate conclusions from data, performing complex statistical analyses, and doing clever experiments.” And not only does empirical work reveal this about babies and small children, but what is thus revealed throws light on some of philosophy’s more intriguing questions about knowledge, the self, other minds, and the basis of morality.
Beautiful thought-provoking post pertinent for us parents, us teachers and humanity-at-large.
My how we damage kids with our “absolute” truths, marketing, advertisements, career paths and buffets.
finished this up tonight.
man, i LOVE Boethius and his Consolation of Philosophy (his Tractates ain’t too shaby, either…you can read them online with that link…read them on the Kindle earlier tonight). forgot how much i love this stuff. first fell for it while working on my Masters at Yale in a class on pre-Dante Christian philosophy. what a class.
anyway, serious serious love. i feel so excited that i rediscovered it. yeah, i’m a dork.
you can even read the whole thing on Google Books. go do it now and then tell others to go and do likewise. our world needs Boethius.
woah, good stuff.
so sad from Plutarch…
“The messenger you sent to report the death of our little child seems to have missed me on the way as he travelled to Athens; but when I reached Tanagra I learned of it from my granddaughter. Now the funeral, I suppose, has already been held — and my desire is that it has been so held as to cause you the least pain, both now and hereafter; but if you want something done that you are leaving undone while you await my decision, something that you believe will make your grief easier to bear, that too you shall have, so it be done without excess or superstition, faults to which you are not at all prone.”
ah, the Consolation genre (paper coming soon)…