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24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

How Aristotle is the perfect happiness guru

You’ve got the Headspace app, know your downward dog from your black dog, and once read something by Freud, so what can a guy who lived 23 centuries ago tell you about the pursuit of happiness today? “Aristotle did it first and better. So why not go to the source, the original brain that figured …

Happiness

The Best Quotes from Jordan Peterson’s '12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos'

Jordan Peterson’s much-discussed book <i>12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos</i> is an interesting read. Peterson weaves together talk about society, …

Jordan Peterson

12 Facts About James Joyce

June 16, 1904 is the day that James Joyce, the Irish author of Modernist masterpieces like <i>Dubliners</i> and <i>A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man</i>, and …

Literature

Buddhists in love

Lovers crave intensity, Buddhists say craving causes suffering. Is it possible to be deeply in love yet truly detached?<i>By Lisa Feldman Barrett & John</i> …

Immune System

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to

Do we have the right to believe whatever we want to believe? This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the …

Barack Obama

Ethics on the battlefield

The soldier in battle is confronted with agonising, even impossible, ethical decisions. Could studying philosophy help?<i>By Andy Owen</i>Read at Aeon

War

The Effects of Marijuana on Your Body

Marijuana is made from the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems. It’s also known as pot, …

Cannabis

Christ on a bike | Richard Cooke

Listen to Richard read this week’s dispatch here:<p>A Philip Roth quote that received wide currency last week was about Ronald Reagan, prescience and …

Reality TV

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept Is A 500 HP Throwback Designed To Perfection

As part of the same 70th anniversary celebrations that gave us the tragic new name of the Porsche Mission E, the automaker immediately made …

Automotive Industry

How philosopher Jordan Peterson will change the world

Your first sign that something different is afoot: the event is immediately sold out. The second clue: scalpers want over $500 for rear orchestra …

Jordan Peterson

Suffering, not just happiness, weighs in the utilitarian calculus

In 1826, at the age of 20, John Stuart Mill sank into a suicidal depression, which was bitterly ironic, because his entire upbringing was governed by …

University of Chicago

Jean-Paul Sartre was the original self-help guru

Long before I read French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, I had a clear idea of who he was. Or who I thought he was. I knew all about the turtleneck-wearing, chain-cigarette-smoking, moody sort of soul, with a melancholy philosophy to match. After I opened his books, though, it became clear to me …

CPR rarely works – why do people have so much faith in it?

Death is the only certainty in life and most people will die in a hospital. For such an inevitability, few people consider how it will happen. Dying is a subject that carries great emotional weight, which might be why people are so reluctant to talk about it.<p>Talk about death, be kind and trust your …

Medicine

2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false and braggart words”

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.<p>In the <i>Republic</i><i>,</i> written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a …

Political Science

The suicides, sackings and stressed staff of Tauranga Hospital

A nurse leaves a suicide note for his colleagues. Another kills himself following work troubles. A third's suspected suicide is under investigation. …

Our Brains Are Too Puny to Fully Understand The Scale of The Universe

This will blow you away.<p>As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly …

Universe

Jürgen Habermas, 88, is still working and increasingly worried. The infrastructure that has maintained intellectual life is no longer intact

Jürgen Habermas, 88, is still working and increasingly worried. The infrastructure that has maintained intellectual life is no longer intactContinue …

Philosophy

The right kind of pessimism can have a positive effect on your life

It's not all bad.<p>How many times have you been told that something great will happen as long as you believe it is possible? From pop psychology books to self-improvement seminars and blogs, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the advantages of positive thinking. And there’s certainly some evidence …

Happiness

Why read Aristotle today?

Modern self-help draws heavily on Stoic philosophy. But Aristotle was better at understanding real human happiness<i>By Edith Hall</i>Read at Aeon

Aristotle

2,300-year-old Chinese philosophy shows why we should all try to be a bit of mess – Quartz

Recently, I started hanging out with a group of friends who seem intimidatingly on top of things. They respond to their emails—even non-urgent ones—politely and punctually, they freeze leftovers in neatly labeled Tupperware that they never forget about, and they sort their mail into orderly files, …

Taoism

Time to abandon grand ethical theories?

London Bridge

Is philosophy absurd? Only when you’re doing it right

Last semester, halfway through a meeting of my ‘Meaning of Life’ seminar, I found myself lying on a window seat along the eastern wall of the …

EPA

Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalism Movement

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)<p>On May 25, 1803, American essayist, lecturer, and poet <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b> was born, who led the Transcendentalist …

Literature

Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science

In an era when untestable ideas such as the multiverse hold sway, Michela Massimi defends science from those who think it hopelessly unmoored from …

Philosophy

Ten facts about why we fart

Flatulence and flatus are medical terms for what is commonly known as farting. While people do not tend to discuss farting openly, it is something …

Wellness

Neuroscience and Free Will

• ‹ Previous<br>• Next ›<p>First Aired:<p>What is it<p>We like to think of ourselves as rational agents who exercise conscious control over most of our actions and …

San Francisco

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Peter Singer on Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

The nineteenth century saw not only a widespread interest in philosophical ideas but also philosophy's development as a more rigorous discipline. …

British Philosophy

"I Am Not a Man, I Am Dynamite": Peter Sloterdijk on Nietzsche - Los Angeles Review of Books

“It’s very hard to conceive of a sane god.”<p>Peter Sloterdijk is one of the most controversial thinkers in the world. In many ways, he is the heir of …