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Patricia Marino
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The People Of Finland Have Nice Things. Why Can't We?
I went to Helsinki last week, and on the taxi ride home from the airport, the driver said, "Oh, Finland! They have a lot of Buddhas there. Right?" I didn't know what to say. But this post isn't about those famous Finnish Buddhas. It's about some Nice Things...
I went to Helsinki last week, and on the taxi ride home from the airport, the driver said, "Oh, Finland! They have a lot of Buddhas there. Right?" I didn't know what to say. But this post isn't about those famous Finnish Buddhas. It's about some Nice Things of Finland, some things Finland has ...
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Optimize This
While I was distracted doing things like reading books and thinking about things, somehow the categorical imperative of our time shifted out of the whole "do unto others" thing and into OPTIMIZE. It's like the central norm of our age. "Optimize" sounds good...
While I was distracted doing things like reading books and thinking about things, somehow the categorical imperative of our time shifted out of the whole "do unto others" thing and into OPTIMIZE. It's like the central norm of our age. "Optimize" sounds good. It's got that word part "opt" which ...
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Economics, Ethics, and Piracy: Why Downloaders are Homo Economicus
Det grå fyr (The Grey Lighthouse), painting of the lighthouse in Skagen by Danish artist Christian Blache, via Wikimedia Commons To me one of the worst hypocrisies in the modern world is the way that people who'd roll their eyes about ethics in most domains...
To me one of the worst hypocrisies in the modern world is the way that people who'd roll their eyes about ethics in most domains then turn around and use ethical shaming against the people they want to control. Generally if you try to bring ethical considerations into a discussion where people ...
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Rationality Theory And Phrenology
 I'm always wondering in what ways the people of the future will look back at us and wonder WTF we are thinking. What will be the phrenology of our time? There are of course many possibilities. But lately on my mind is the bizarre pretence we seem to have t...
I'm always wondering in what ways the people of the future will look back at us and wonder WTF we are thinking. What will be the phrenology of our time? There are of course many possibilities. But lately on my mind is the bizarre pretence we seem to have that we've got a solid handle on human ...
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When Updating Opera Means Blandifying It; Or, Why I Hated The COC's Don Giovanni
From the COC production. Let me start by saying right up front that I have nothing against updating opera productions. Sure -- put your characters in a modern board room. Make it be about the Iraq War. Use business suits. I love it. However, a lot of updati...
Let me start by saying right up front that I have nothing against updating opera productions. Sure -- put your characters in a modern board room. Make it be about the Iraq War. Use business suits. I love it. However, a lot of updating I've seen lately I have hated. And the reason I've hated it ...
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Why The "Politics of Envy" Is A Stupid And Evil Idea
From 2011. I can only think it's gotten worse. Source: The Atlantic .  Nothing pisses me off quite like hearing that being mad about rising income inequality and thinking something should be done about it means embracing a "politics of envy." What a cynical...
Nothing pisses me off quite like hearing that being mad about rising income inequality and thinking something should be done about it means embracing a "politics of envy." What a cynical and manipulative piece of bullshit. The phrase, I take it, is meant to suggest that if you think it's ...
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Flash Boys And Philosophy Redux, Or, Finance, WTF?
I guess the paperback version of Michael Lewis's Flashboys is coming out, so we're doing that thing where we revisit a book a year later to have the same conversation over again. Actually -- in this updated discussion at the BBC news site, I was stuck by ho...
I guess the paperback version of Michael Lewis's Flashboys is coming out, so we're doing that thing where we revisit a book a year later to have the same conversation over again. Actually -- in this updated discussion at the BBC news site, I was stuck by how the conversation not only hadn't ...
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Self-Actualization: Fake It Til You ... Keep Faking It
Thomas P. Barnett, "In the Heart of the Ozarks" (MU Museum of Art and Archaeology), v ia Wikimedia Commons Last Friday afternoon I found myself in a frustrating situation. I was determined to exercise, but for various reasons found my only real option was g...
Last Friday afternoon I found myself in a frustrating situation. I was determined to exercise, but for various reasons found my only real option was going for a run outside. I was at my friend's house in Buffalo, and "outside" in Buffalo last Friday was like 25 degrees F and snowing.
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Forced Social Choices And The Rhetoric Of Individualism, Or, I Don't Want An Apple Watch -- Yet
On a scale of 1-10, my current desire for an Apple watch is trending near 0. I don't know about you, but I'm trying for a little less intimacy with my gadgets, not more. Certainly the Guardian's description of its new "Moments" for the Apple watch didn't bu...
On a scale of 1-10, my current desire for an Apple watch is trending near 0. I don't know about you, but I'm trying for a little less intimacy with my gadgets, not more. Certainly the Guardian's description of its new "Moments" for the Apple watch didn't bump me up.
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In Defense Of Minor Bad Habits
Gerard ter Borch, Woman Drinking Wine, via Wikimedia Commons There are, as I see it, basically two ways of understanding the human condition. The first is that, absent some set of dysfunctions, diseases, problems, damage, human life is good in a pretty simp...
There are, as I see it, basically two ways of understanding the human condition. The first is that, absent some set of dysfunctions, diseases, problems, damage, human life is good in a pretty simple way. Heal yourself -- and before you know it you'll be out enjoying the beauty of the sky, ...
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Sustainable City Living FTW, Or, Pod-Life, I Has It
Yesterday morning I woke up and learned it was -11F. That's, like, I don't know, some way-below -zero temperature in Celsius. I've adopted many of my new country's habits but for some reasons Celsius, no can do.  
I learned how cold it was cold from my iPho...
Yesterday morning I woke up and learned it was -11F. That's, like, I don't know, some way-below -zero temperature in Celsius. I've adopted many of my new country's habits but for some reasons Celsius, no can do. I learned how cold it was cold from my iPhone. Because there is no way I would have ...
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Dilemmas of Philosophy: Creativity And Criticism
I'm a philosopher, but I didn't become one in the normal way. I studied math in college, and when I did take a philosophy class in undergrad, I happened into one of the standard Descartes-to-Kant history surveys. To be honest I spent the semester staring ou...
I'm a philosopher, but I didn't become one in the normal way. I studied math in college, and when I did take a philosophy class in undergrad, I happened into one of the standard Descartes-to-Kant history surveys. To be honest I spent the semester staring out the window and thinking, ...
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I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.  Check out my webpage here. I write occasional philosophical reflections on modern life at thekramerisnow.blogspot.com
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