Philosophy In The News, Weekly: February 10 – February 17, 2019

The Puma, or Panther (Felis Concolor) ‘No. 6.’ Stereograph, photographed from life by Frank Haes; And published under the auspices of the Zoological Society of London, By Mc Lean & Haes, 26, Haymarket, London (c. 1850 - c. 1880). | Rijksmuseum

The best of the philosophical internet featuring animal consciousness, anti-natalism (suing your parents for creating you); interviews with Haruki Murakami & Sam Harris; and the reasons for homeschooling or even ‘unschooling,’

News

“For many scientists, the resonant mystery is no longer which animals are conscious, but which are not.” On re-thinking animal cognition.| The Atlantic

“It’s not the kind of intra-family-squabbles case you’ll see on Judge Judy, but a 27-year-old Indian man intends to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.” His solution? Given that we didn’t ask to be born, we should therefore “be paid for the rest of our lives to live.” | The New American

Ideas

“Like all Killer Mike ideas, he kicks it up a notch by the end, holding a sermon in his favorite strip club, where women pole-dance while a gospel choir sings and his parishioners pass around joints.” Rapper Killer Mike invents his own religion. | Vice

“When I’m writing a novel, I wake up around four in the morning and go to my desk and start working. That happens in a realistic world. I drink real coffee. But, once I start writing, I go somewhere else. I open the door, enter that place, and see what’s happening there. I don’t know—or I don’t care—if it’s a realistic world or an unrealistic one. I go deeper and deeper, as I concentrate on writing, into a kind of underground.” Japanese writer Haruki Murakami reflects on writing and his underground worlds. | The New Yorker

“Schools have failed our individual needs, supporting false and misleading notions of progress and development fostered by the belief that ever increasing production, consumption and profit are proper yardsticks for measuring the quality of human life. Our universities have become recruiting centres for the personnel of consumer society, certifying citizens for service, while at the same time disposing of those adjudged unfit for the competitive rat race.” On the philosophy behind homeschooling & unschooling. | Financial Express

Books

“Do what you love, do what you are good at, do what the world needs and do what you can be rewarded for. Half ikigai is just those first two steps.” A new book explains the  Japanese concept of Ikigai, which means one’s “reason for being.” | The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

“These are must-reads from the guy with the pipe and glasses, not the result of some long-term university study or poll of the world’s librarians. And that’s a very good thing. Otherwise, where would the quirkiness come in?’ On the rationale for choosing what works belong in 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List.” | Providence Journal

“That we’re here and experiencing the world at each moment in the light of our consciousness is a deeply mysterious and profound fact, which, the more you pay attention to it, the more your experience begins to echo some of the claims of religious patriarchs and matriarchs down the ages.” Sam Harris, a member of the Four Horsemen, a combative atheist troop that also includes Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett, reveals his spiritualist side.| The Guardian