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Billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman says his masters in philosophy has helped him more than an MBA

Brain Bath

by Richard Feloni | Business Insider Nov. 24, 2017 Reid Hoffman is the billionaire cofounder of LinkedIn and one of tech’s most influential investors. Instead of a business education, he pursued his master’s degree in philosophy. He told us that

Posted in Philosophy, Philosophy Blog, Why major?

That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket

Brain Bath

From George Anders 2015 column in Forbes magazine. Stewart Butterfield, Slack’s 42-year-old cofounder and CEO, whose estimated double-digit stake in the company could be worth $300 million or more. He’s the proud holder of an undergraduate degree in philosophy from

Posted in Philosophy, Philosophy Blog, Why major?

Why study philosophy?: A statement by Jordan Kotick, Vice-President J.P. Morgan, Wall Street

Brain Bath

While considering what to study in my first year as an Undergraduate, I decided to take a few Philosophy courses. When informed of my decision, those I knew murmured, “Philosophy…what are you going to do with that?” Soon after my

Posted in Philosophy, Philosophy Blog, Why major?

A Society with Poor Critical Thinking Skills: The Case for ‘Argument’ in Education

Brain Bath

Huffington Post (08/15/13 | Updated 10/15/13) by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz Researchers have shown that most students today are weak in critical thinking skills. They do poorly on simple logical reasoning tests (Evans, 2002). Only a fraction of graduating high school seniors (6 percent

Posted in Philosophy, Philosophy Blog, Why major?

The Perfect Moral Storm: Philosophers Respond to the Impending Anthropogenic Apocalypse

For at least the next 200 years, weather forecasts predict shitstorms, with global temperatures now set to remain elevated for hundreds of years to come. The latest IPCC report explains that our emissions are nearing the point of no return. Even if industrialized nations switched to solar power overnight, it is now too late to fully reverse the planet’s course. Geologists have officially termed this new epoch, where the human species has irreparably shaped earth’s geological history, the
Anthropocene. Policymakers no longer have the luxury to decide how we might “stop” global warming. Instead, we have to figure out how we’ll manage amidst climate instability.

Posted in Environmental Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy, Philosophy Blog, Politics, Social & Political Philosophy

Socrates and Glaucon on the Home Shopping Network

Rebekah Frumkin

by REBEKAH FRUMKIN, McSweeneys (19 May 2010) SOCRATES: Good evening, Glaucon. You look troubled. GLAUCON: I am, Socrates. SOCRATES: What worries you so? GLAUCON: Look at my kitchen floor. That brown scum is the stain of fowl livers. I spilled

Posted in News, Philosophy, Philosophy Blog

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain than being made to sit and think

A woman alone with her thoughts on a couch. The researchers have learned that people hate being left alone to think. Photograph: Coleman/ClassicStock/Corbis

Report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities tackles question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing.

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Turing Test breakthrough as super-computer becomes first to convince us it’s human

"Alan Turing," by Mitch Francis

Eugene Goostman, a computer programme pretending to be a young Ukrainian boy, successfully duped enough humans to pass the iconic test

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“I think, therefore I earn”

I'm Dangerous

by Jessica Shepherd, The Guardian (19 November 2007) “A degree in philosophy? What are you going to do with that then?” Philosophy students will tell you they’ve been asked this question more times than they care to remember. “The response

Posted in Philosophy Blog, Why major?

The US is not a democracy but an oligarchy, study concludes

Wall Street

by JC Sevcik, UPI, April 16, 2014 WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) — Oligarchy is a form of government in which power is vested in a dominant class and a small group exercises control over the general population. A new study

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