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Amor Mundi 2/21/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the fate of the U.S. party system, reflect on human relationships in a digital age, and much more! Posted on 21 February 2016 | 8:01 pm

Theodore H. White on Thinking Unlike Your Friends

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Theodore H. White discusses what it means to go against the thinking of your friends in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 24 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 4/19/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appeal to the banality of evil in acknowledging Holocaust Memorial Day, meditate on the importance of privacy, and much more! Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:29 am

Thinking and Moral Considerations

“There exists in our society widespread fear of judging…[B]ehind the unwillingness to judge lurks the suspicion that no one is a free agent, and hence doubt that anyone is responsible or could be expected to answer for what he has done…Who has ever maintained that by judging a wrong I presuppose that I myself would…Read more Thinking and Moral Considerations Posted on 9 December 2013 | 1:01 pm

John Burroughs on Thinking

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” -John Burroughs   Posted on 20 August 2013 | 10:12 am

In the Age of Big Data, Should We Live in Awe of Machines?

In 1949, The New York Times asked Norbert Wiener, author of Cybernetics, to write an essay for the paper that expressed his ideas in simple form. For editorial and other reasons, Wiener’s essay never appeared and was lost. Recently, a draft of the never-published essay was found in the MIT archives. Written now 64 years…Read more In the Age of Big Data, Should We Live in Awe of Machines? Posted on 7 June 2013 | 3:21 pm

Here’s How to Demonize Thinking

Richard Brody writes of “Hannah Arendt,” the new movie by Margarethe von Trotta, “The movie, unfortunately, doesn’t do Arendt justice”—a rhetorical gambit that suggests at least a fair-minded inquiry into Arendt’s thought. But Brody then proceeds to accuse Arendt of a propensity toward “monstrous abstractions.” Her tendency toward abstraction occurs despite what Brody calls  “her…Read more Here’s How to Demonize Thinking Posted on 5 June 2013 | 1:36 pm

Too Busy to Think

“One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy and that for most people the need for leisure simply ceases to exist after a certain amount of time.” – Hannah Arendt to Gershom Scholem, November 4, 1943 Hannah Arendt had lived for a…Read more Too Busy to Think Posted on 28 May 2013 | 11:22 am

Remembrance and Gratitude

“We are wont to see friendship solely as a phenomenon of intimacy in which the friends open their hearts to each other unmolested by the world and its demands…Thus it is hard for us to understand the political relevance of friendship…But for the Greeks the essence of friendship consisted in discourse…The converse (in contrast to…Read more Remembrance and Gratitude Posted on 17 December 2012 | 12:38 pm