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SH&R=non fiction

 

everything else is exaggerated or made up

good post

 

i don't think ive ever read nonfiction unless you count school textbooks (not including history textbook)

 

ryan have you ever read anything in depth about other religions

 

i had a good thread idea whilst driving earlier: comparative art medium. like comparative religion but not really. basically discussing art across different platforms, the effectiveness of each representations and so on, easiest example being book-film adaptations, etc

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just about Islam but I'm sure I'll branch out to more

 

And yeah the schism had happened already but the book jumps around a bit and is seperated into parts. So, I just finished a section I think which ended in 1300 but it opened up part V which is Orthodox Christianity so it bounced backwards again

 

lots of stuff regarding iconophiles and iconoclasts. In the space of one page it feels like 70 things happen and this book is over a thousand pages.

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does anyone have an opinion on those school of life videos on youtube? 

 

i like the selection of topics they have, but i guess five minute videos can only be so useful/informative

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I like watching the school of life videos, they provide a good, easily digestible introduction to a whole bunch of topics that I could never hope to be fully knowledgeable on. On the other hand, the way they present themselves as being neutral and without bias does rub me the wrong way.

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Do you find them to be neutral? They always seemed pretty left leaning to me, at least in their timing like after Trump was inaugerated they posted a video about how bad times are inevitable. Also their one about cities is pretty scathing against corporate interests ruining skylines.

 

I don't mind them but take them with a pinch of salt. Sometimes they seem pretty sexist, like the episode about nice guys saying how it's up to women to feed men's darker desires.

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Not so much that they're in the political centre, although they probably are more centrist than I would like. I don't really know how to explain it, it all just seems so slick and corporate, I get the same feeling watching a television commercial.

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One of those things that I don't really have a problem with when its just a small thing on the internet, but as it becomes more and more popular it makes me a little uneasy with the philosophical underpinnings of it, and the premise that everything to be learned in "the school of life" can be distilled into a series of cutesily animated calmly worded five minute videos.

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I think my problem with SoL is that a lot of it is kind of... joyless. Especially when it comes to talking about relationships. Like yes maybe what it's saying is true but it seems to approach relationships with a kind of cold calculated passionless attitude, and while it's not unrealistic to say that the honeymoon period will end or that things may get boring after 10 years, it seems to revel in saying these things. As if it's some big enlightened observation that no-one else noticed. I think that passion, even if it is ultimately temporary, is important and exciting and not something to be scoffed at by a posh englishman.

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lol i was hoping they could explain hegel, but instead i found this comment

 

 

 

 

+The School of Life Ok everyone is singing this channels praises, but I would like to offer you my critique :)

This channel, the 'school of life' has its own philosophy. Even though it is hiding behind the ideas and the thinkers it is presenting - quite masterfully i have to admit! (the presentation) - even though it seems impartial, there is an emergent philosophy here, which in large part lies in its form and the approach of its creators. For instance, one problem of this project is that it is very anthropocentric.

Philosophical ideas are discussed mainly in terms of their relevance to everyday life. Philosophy is hence reduced to a mere source of self-help tips. And not only that. Self-help tips for bourgeois westerners. I wont go into detail here, but their treatment of eastern philosophy for instance is deeply problematic. Their treatment of socialist theory too. But the thing is this: Ideas are stripped of the passion and the fire and the revolutionary spirit of the original thinkers, and are presented in a watered down fashion, ideal for people to pick and choose what they like. These small videos are easily consumed, easily digested. But Philosophy is meant to twist our insides and turn our stomach, it is meant to attack a part of us, a part of our society, it has to challenge us, to shake us firmly, make us feel uncomfortable. Foucault and sartre and camus were not sitting politely on the self waiting for our majesty to browse through them and "pick and choose what we like" they came bursting through the front door. Behind their work there was a whole life time of struggle, intellecual and spiritual restlessness, intense experiences and strong convictions, that gradually forged the coherent picture that they presented to us.
And of course one could criticize this channel on the basis of just having a succesful business model that commodifies, moisturizes important ideas, difusing them, and removing their subversive potential. So I find this channel to be very bourgeois in its approach. Very western. And of course I am aware that its limitations arise from its form. It is a youtube channel. It could not be progressive, subversive or revolutionary. But i think my critique stands even if you take it for what it is. It could be better.

How? By recognising its limitations. By stating those limitations to its viewers. By being brutally honest about its seriousness and its place in the system. By making it clear that philosophy is an important lifetime pursuit, and these videos are to philosophy what popularizing videos are to science.

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Is Neil Gaiman actually any good or is it just basically Stephen King for steampunk/mallgoths

 

I think his novels are overrated but he got famous for The Sandman which is excellent and imo one of the forces behind the modern comic geek movement by drawing from a history of storytelling and bringing comics out of the superhero realm to a wider audience.

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Does anyone else like typography? I just found out Mrs. Eaves is used on Hail To The Thief and it is one of my favorite fonts. 

The i ❤️ny logo uses American Typewriter. I think this is used in The Office too. 

IBM created their own font called Plex. 

The Supreme Court likes their in-house documents in Century. 

Enjoy this Gill Sans:

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