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New Philosopher August 2017

New Philosopher is for curious people seeking solutions to the fundamental problems faced by humankind. New Philosopher is devoted to exploring philosophical ideas from past and present thinkers on ways to live a more fulfilling life, and to seek to find solutions to the most pressing problems faced by humans in contemporary society.

United States
The Bull Media Company
4 Issues

in this issue

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“A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.”Ludwig Wittgenstein Watching a newborn adapt to his surroundings, it’s clear from the moment we emerge that communication is essential to our survival. We make noise to ensure we get what we need to flourish: mother’s milk, attention, and warmth in our early days; variations of these as we proceed through our lives. As our skill in communicating develops – as we learn to manipulate sounds, symbols, gestures, and images – so too does our ability to convey to others what we want, what we think, what we feel. Mastery of these methods of communication equates to power: the power to inform and influence, as well as to manipulate and deceive. What to do with…

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online at newphilosopher.com

A recipe for disaster The average Briton now spends five hours a week watching TV food programs, and only four hours a week cooking. It is an age of virtual eating. newphilosopher.com/articles/a-recipe-for-disaster/ Not eating things I harbour the fantasy of one day opening a chain of upscale Kant Diet restaurants, open for dinner only, serving nothing. newphilosopher.com/articles/3717/ New Philosopher online store Visit the online store for previous issues of New Philosopher magazine, subscriptions as well as gift ideas. newphilosopher.com/products-page/magazines/ Fad diets More surprisingly, less radical weight-loss techniques can up your chances of achieving room temperature before your due date. newphilosopher.com/articles/fad-diets/ NewPhilosopher Writing Prize Entries are open for the NP Prize for Philosophical Writing. Enter now to win $1,000 and have your work featured in the mag. 0pen to NP subscribers, award XVII entries close 30 November 2017. Up to 1,500 words of fiction or non-fiction,…

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Nicholas Carr Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture for The Atlantic,The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, and is the author of the acclaimed books The Glass Cage, The Shallows, and The Big Switch. The Shallows was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and in 2015 he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. Mariana Alessandri Mariana Alessandri is Assistant Professor of Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, and Spanish-language Philosophy at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She has written for The New York Times, Philosophy Today, Womankind magazine, Times Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education and many academic journals. Her teaching interests include Existentialism and Mexican-American Philosophy. Damon Young Damon…

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extra! read all about it!

“On 18 April 1930, a BBC news presenter announced to listeners, “There is no news”, and switched on some tunes. In the days before news was manufactured – in other words, ‘created’ to sell timeslots to advertisers – listeners were regularly blessed with sweet sounds. Now there is a 24/7 news cycle – ‘news’ of people, events, and developments which enter the ‘suckhole’ of human consciousness, only to be driven out months, days, or seconds later by a more salient news item. ‘Good’ news is that which remains in the suckhole the longest – tragedies, deaths, and disasters being highly arresting – while ‘bad’ news, or information with no novelty or ‘stickiness’ value, might include such topics as nature, goodwill, or ethics. To remain swirling in the news suckhole, today's public figures…

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global language network

“When language is used without true significance, it loses its purpose as a means of communication and becomes an end in itself.” Karl Jaspers In the global language network each node represents a language and links connect languages that are likely to be co-spoken. In the example on these pages, languages are connected according to the frequency of book translations. Node sizes represent the number of native and non-native speakers of a language and edge thickness represents the number of translations from one language to another. The global language network is a project by the MIT Media Lab Macro Connections group in collaboration with Aix-Marseille Université, Northeastern MoBS, and Harvard University.…

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attentional commons

Just as a factory pumping out pollutants degrades that air for everyone, so a TV blasting cable news into an airport lounge degrades the attentional capacities of everyone nearby. For at least the past two decades, we’ve been complaining of information overload, a modern affliction that allegedly leaves us chronically distracted, exhausted, and stressed. But I’d encourage you to put down your smartphone for a moment and reflect on what a strange notion this is. Consider the last time you went on a hike in the country. Aren’t mountains, forests, and river banks positively suffused with ‘information’? You could dedicate an entire career to studying the nuances of birdsong, or the shapes of clouds; like the painter David Hockney, you could return to the same stretch of hedgerow season after season,…