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135 Free Philosophy eBooks

<b>Boethius -</b> Consolation of Philosophy<p><b>Burke, Edmund</b> - On the Sublime and Beautiful<p><b>Camus, Albert</b> - The Stranger<p><b>Carroll, Lewis</b> - Symbolic Logic<p><b>Carroll,</b> …

Download 140 Free Philosophy Courses: Develop Critical Thinking Skills & Live the Examined Life

What is “Philosophy”? Yes, we know, the word comes from the Greek <i>philosophia</i>, which means “the love of wisdom.” This rote etymological definition …

Here's the bigger meaning of all these newfangled connected devices

Sure, you can spend your time marveling at the latest “smart” devices announced at this week's 2015 International CES that gather data and connect to …

Artificial intelligence: how clever do we want our machines to be?

<b>The theory of artificial intelligence is already fact in some financial and transport sectors, yet as its uses become more widespread – and perhaps</b> …

Video Shows Cleveland Cop Shoot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Within Seconds

Cleveland police have released surveillance video that shows a 12-year-old boy walking around with and waving a pellet gun and then being fatally shot by a rookie officer seconds after he arrived on the scene.<p>The black-and-white video is grainy, and the boy’s movements appear jerky and are hard to …

Understanding Ferguson: A guide to the best essays and journalism

There is no single explanation for why Ferguson, Mo., erupted this summer. <b></b>Other communities have wrestled with the aftermath of controversial police shootings. Other cities have struggled with the lingering forces of segregation and racial disadvantage. Other vigils have been held, sermons …

What Is Philosophy For? A Beautiful Animated Manifesto for Undoing Our Unwisdom, Cultivating Our Character, and Gaining Perspective

<i>“Philosophy’s main task is to respond to the soul’s cry,”</i> Sharon Lebell wrote in her classical manual for the art of living. But what types of consolation does philosophy offer the soul, in more practical terms? Like science, it offers an essential tool of critical thinking, or what Carl Sagan …

How to Spread Misinformation

With the advent of the Internet and social media, the average person is afforded unprecedented power to consume and spread information. But with …

Protests Over Mexico's Inaction on 43 Missing Students

MEXICO CITY — It's been 40 days since 43 college students vanished and on Wednesday there was anger in the streets here.<p>Tens of thousands of demonstrators brought parts of Mexico City to a standstill as protesters demanded more action from federal authorities to find the students who have been …

What is the point of philosophy?

What is the purpose of philosophy and philosophers?<p><i>Brian Robinson, Brentwood, Essex</i><p>• Post your answers – and new questions – below or email them to nq@theguardian.com. Please include name, address and phone number<p>Topics<p>Life and style<br>• Notes and queries<p>Philosophy<br>• features

From Albert Camus to The Walking Dead: a look at pandemics in culture

Pandemics tap right to the id of human response – revulsion, fear and recoil – so it should be no wonder that culture keeps bringing them up. But only a few movies, books or games are interested in what an illness is about in a literal sense – most fixate on how society breaks down, the creeping …

The Guys From 'MythBusters' Debunked One Of The Biggest Myths In Tech

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the hosts of Discovery Channel's “MythBusters,” were keynote speakers at Thursday's Evernote Conference.<p>Although not …

Why We Should Treat Teachers Like Software Engineers

<b>Editor's note:</b> David Liu is CEO of Knewton. He is responsible for helping Knewton launch and scale its platform and operations while expanding its …

Someone Came Up With A Bunch Of Literal Netflix Descriptions Based On Series Posters

Ben Baker, a writer on behalf of the comedy website Hot Hot Phone, has come up with these brilliant literal Netflix descriptions based on the poster thumbnails in browse mode. I’m a sucker for literal anything, whether it be music videos or Atari game packages or <i>Goosebumps</i> covers, so suffice to say …

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

If you've never heard of a 6-foot-3-inch tall, 350-pound black man named Eric Garner and you're only reading this article because of the title, then please take a moment to participate in a unique social experiment. One news source states Mr. Garner had been out on bail and "arrested 31 times since …

14-year-old scientist makes trolls think twice before hitting 'send'

14-year-old Trisha Prabhu plans to eventually major in neuroscience, but first she wants to solve cyberbullying. Selected as a global finalist for …

Man fined for pretending to be ghost in Portsmouth cemetery

A man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost and other rowdy behaviour in a cemetery.<p>Anthony Stallard pleaded guilty at Portsmouth magistrates court to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause distress.<p>The court heard that the 24-year-old had been out drinking with …

Obama authorises air strikes on Isis to help Iraqis besieged on mountain

Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, as the US military began an airborne operation to bring relief to thousands of minority Iraqis driven to a grim, mountain-top refuge.<p>Describing the threats against stranded Yazidi refugees as holding the potential …

On the Front Lines of the Border War

Obama Reveals the One Thing He and Gov. Rick Perry Disagreed on During Border Crisis Meeting, Calls on Congress to Act

President Barack Obama made a case for passing his $3.7 billion proposal to tackle the border crisis in one of the most affected border states.<p>“The challenge is, is congress prepared to act to put the resources in place to get this done?” Obama said. “Another way of putting it, and I said this …

Rockets fired at Israeli nuclear plant as threat of invasion rises

Gaza suffered one of its bloodiest days in recent years, with at least 22 people, including nine children and six women, killed in airstrikes in day two of Israel's Operation Protective Edge<p>Hamas militants launched a salvo of missiles at Israel's main nuclear facility on Wednesday night, raising …

Five talking points from Germany v Brazil: arise the new style kings

Spain’s exit from the World Cup was supposedly the closing of their era as the style guide for all in football to aspire to. This phenomenal performance defines how Germany have taken over from Spain. It has taken them a while, as this current generation had to withstand defeats by Spain at the …

Brazil Gutted in 7-1 Rout by Germany

Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Imagine a future where military aircraft can merge together into a single larger unit, splitting apart only when needed and rejoining again later …

Vast majority of docs collected by NSA come from ordinary internet users, not legal targets

A massive report from <i>The Washington Post</i> today delves into tens of thousands of communications and documents collected by the NSA's wide-reaching …

A 3-Year-Old Boy Remembered Being Murdered In His “Last” Life, Correctly Points To Where His Body Was Buried

I’ve heard a lot of stories of kids telling their parents about what happened in their “last” lives, but never as exact as helping people find their …

'Slender Man' Stabbing: Morgan Geyser And Anissa Weier To Appear In Court

WEST BEND, Wis. -- Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional online character are due back in court.<p>Attorneys are expected to discuss the results of a mental health evaluation of one of the girls in court Wednesday. Defense …

Militants post photos of mass killing in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show their gunmen …