Notes from the Library

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

When Women Wanted Sex Much More Than Men | AlterNet

The historical accuracy is questioned on reddit. However, the plausibility of the account makes me think about the degree to which sexuality is societal.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Philosophers who work outside of academia | New APPS (part 1 of 3)

I can't see how they can be happy being part of the corporate machine. Only one of them has a first sector job. Their work might be fun but is that really enough to distract them from the soul-crushing reality of the meaninglessness of most corporate toil? Moreover, why are they willing to be so distracted?

Anyone who works with computers learns to fear their capacity to forget. … [M]emory is strictly binary. There is either perfect recall or total oblivion, with nothing in between.


The offline world works like it always has. I saw many of you talking yesterday between sessions; I bet none of you has a verbatim transcript of those conversations. If you do, then I bet the people you were talking to would find that extremely creepy.


The online world is very different. Online, everything is recorded by default, and you may not know where or by whom. If you've ever wondered why Facebook is such a joyless place, even though we've theoretically surrounded ourselves with friends and loved ones, it's because of this need to constantly be wearing our public face. Facebook is about as much fun as a zoning board hearing.


Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker? | Outside Online

With Chinese complicity.

On Self-Respect by Joan Didion

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