Freud, 1938, Vienna “...men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved...; they are on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness.” —Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its ...

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Freud, 1938, Vienna

 

“...men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved...; they are 
on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is 
to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness.”
                       —Sigmund Freud, Civilization...

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Foreseeing Self-Harm

 

Marina Bolotnikova in Harvard Magazine:

ManPsychology professor Matthew Nock has spent his career studying self-harm, but he remains humbled by how little is yet understood about why people kill themselves. Suicide is the tenth highest cause of death in the United States, and the rate remained...

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DANIEL DENNETT’S SCIENCE OF THE SOUL: A philosopher’s lifelong quest to understand the making of the mind

 

Joshua Rothman in The New Yorker:

ScreenHunter_2639 Mar. 22 20.37Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of making copies of...

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The Story of O: A Recollection by Oliver Sacks’s Surviving Partner

Christopher Bram in the New York Times:

HAYES-master180The British neurologist Oliver Sacks transformed the medical case study into a new literary form. In books like “Awakenings,” “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” and “An Anthropologist on Mars” he presented not just clinical facts but...

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Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever

Colin Coopman in Aeon:

ScreenHunter_2638 Mar. 22 19.58Imagine you are asked to compose an ultra-short history of philosophy. Perhaps you’ve been challenged to squeeze the impossibly sprawling diversity of philosophy itself into just a few tweets. You could do worse than to search for the single word that best captures the...

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