“Time feels especially shallow these days, as the wave of one horror barely crests before it’s devoured by the next, as every morning’s shocking headline is old news by the afternoon.”
In today’s fast-paced digital world, making the time to read intensively has been a constant struggle for me. I get distracted easily, my phone is a sure-fire way to get easy, fast, and cheap entertainment. I browse reddit endlessly for hours. It’s hilarious and I laugh a lot when I surf through the content. But what have I gained? How have I improved by reading this content? What I have learned? Nothing substantial. Feels great in the moment, but afterward I’m left looking behind at a gross void of wasted time.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, nor is this a new problem. One of my favorite Mark Twain quotes, “a Classic is something everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read” hits just a little too close for home for me. Even Twain’s pre-digital age, the world was full of great literature, and few people wanted to put forth the effort to read Moby Dick or Les Miserables. I gaze longingly on this wonderful reading list and cringe with terror. How will I ever begin? How can I understand this stuff? Who will help me?
I guess the journey to a finished book begins with a single page. I need to be patient with my progress.
This musing was brought to you by a recently-published article: Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction by Mairead Small Staid. Written February 8, 2019. Continue reading “Reading “Intensively” (Vertical Reading) vs. Reading “Extensively” (Horizontal Reading)”
“We have every reason to believe that genes and environment combine to create the psychological profile that determines our cognition and behavior in each moment. In this narrow sense, we are all products of an unchosen past.”
Beware of “missing the forest for the trees”.
I love YouTube’s transcript feature. It makes grabbing interesting quotes from speakers so much easier. Here is a transcript of the interview between Brett Weinstein and Rebel Wisdom about the recent Weinstein v. Dawkins debate in Chicago, with a quote from Brett that I found particularly interesting. Continue reading “The Value of Belief Systems”
In the service of an impulse that craves immortality, we have children, develop religious ideas that promise eternal life, and seek the kind of recognition that keeps our names alive long after we die.
This is a synthesis of two Quillette articles: “Writing for Quillette Ended My Theater Project” and “The Transhumanism Revolution”. They were both written by Libby Emmons. Continue reading “Thoughts on “The Transhumanism Revolution””
A reading list should awaken children to the great classics, on whose cultural foundation the modern literary firmament was built.
Another article that I’m taking notes on: Camille Paglia: It’s Time for a New Map of the Gender World. Another reminder that this is not necessarily supposed to make sense to you, but I’m using this as a tool to understand ideas being published elsewhere. Continue reading “Hollowing Out of the Humanities”
I’m trying to feel out where I lie on certain issues. Many issues are complex and require a nuanced position, but I’m going to attempt to simplify some of my thoughts here. Continue reading “In My Opinion…”
“The strong will do what they can and the weak will yield what they must.”
Just taking some notes on a Quillette article about animal rights. “Only two lifetimes ago educated people endorsed chattel slavery. The raises the sobering question: how might present arrangements appear to inhabitants of a more enlightened future civilization?” Continue reading “Animal Rights”
Listen to a partial transcript of Joe Rogan that particularly struck me today. Continue reading “Try to Have a Long-Form Conversation”