This summer, during the FIFA World Cup, I went with some friends to watch a soccer game at the house in Turin of the Italian philosopher and former member of the EU parliament Gianni Vattimo. As soon as our team began to lose, Vattimo said: ‘Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you, the pope called me yesterday.’
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A meandering and at times highly questionable article in The Guardian titled “How feelings took over the world” can be summarized in brief with a few quotes. Ok, it’s not really a summary but a distillation of the article’s most interesting ideas. So what? To all those exhaustive types out there—sue me.
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“Studying philosophy may be about to pay off,” writes an Irish Times editor in a recent article. This is so, he claims, because the ethical challenges accompanying the rise of artificial intelligence, big data and biotech are simply too great, and apparently there is nobody around to address them.
A recent article in The Guardian “How to be Human: The Man Who Was Raised by Wolves” tells the story of a boy who was sold into slavery (yes, slavery, unbelievable, it certainly wasn’t common) during Spain’s turbulent post-war period. Abused by his master and forced to work as a shepherd in Spain’s remote Sierra Morena mountain range, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja eventually escaped by taking refuge with a pack of wolves.