The Uses of Envy

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When we feel envy, we are inclined not to exam it – instead we feel ashamed and guilty.

Envy, like fear, is an important emotion that exists for some good reasons – its there to help us know what we want.

Its a call to action about what we should be doing with the rest of our lives.

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How Romanticism Ruined Love

Romanticism emerged as an ideology in Europe in the mid-eighteenth century in the minds of poets, artists and philosophers, and it has now conquered the world. No single relationship ever follows the Romantic template exactly, but its broad outlines are frequently present nevertheless – and might be summed up as follows:

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What Pop Music Can Teach Philosophy

Pop music may seem like silly medium, associated with hormonal school girls and bizarre behavior.

By contrast, philosophy has a reputation for being deeply serious and impressive, a way to understand ourselves and transform the world through ideas.

But since the 1960s, philosophy has stalled and pop has conquered the world. It is now a leading medium for the articulation of ideas on a mass scale. If it is to survive, philosophy must study pop.

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Is Human Evolution still Occurring?

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Evolution is one of the biggest ideas in the modern world. Part of the theory focuses on the tendency of genes to mutate and the key thing about gene mutation is that it takes time: a lot of it. It took us around 3,900 million years to go from the first cells to homo sapiens. So the one thing we can be pretty sure about is that genetic mutation will not be a significant feature of the human world now.

However, there’s a second, equally interesting bit to Darwin’s theory of Evolution, which focuses on what gets called Adaptation to the Environment. Darwin pointed out that when an environment changes, a characteristic can suddenly shift from being an advantage to a disadvantage – and vice versa.

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What is an Existential Crisis?

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Existential crises touch on major traditions of European philosophy – closely associated with Kierkegaard, Camus, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sarte.

Via the thought of these philosophers, a coherent view of what an existential crises really is and when its helpful to refer to ourselves as going through one in 4 distinctive features:

1- a period when a lot that had previously seemed like common sense or normal reveals its contingent, chance, uncanny and relative natures.

ie. we start to wonder why we live in america rather than another place, why are we doing this job and not something else, why are we with this partner and following this set of social norms.

We realize there are far more options beneath the surface then we normally allow ourselves to imagine.

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