Spinoza’s Ethics — Part III: Of the Affects

[12000 words] "Affects" are basically emotions. But I think keeping the term slightly technical will be useful. The first half of this piece will remain slightly abstract: "what the heck is actually happening?!!" kind of thing. The second half will finally get more concrete. We'll run through the nature of human emotions, with a bunch …

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Aristotle’s Self-Help Book — The Nichomachean Ethics SUMMARIZED

[500 words] It's all about doing your thing (ergon). And doing it well.Flourishing. "Eudaimonia". What your thing is depends on what you are. If you're an animal, it's eating enough food to survive, and growing. If you're a human, it's that, plus talking, thinking (...which, annoyingly, involves listening to other people) and... "creative work" is …

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Why Twitch Plays Pokémon is literally the Best Thing Ever

[This is an old post, originally published on Blastocyst on March 9, 2014.But it's pretty relevant today, when we're all on the internet together feeling pretty down about collective action and existence itself.] [9600 words] Mount Moon is our Mount Sinai, and the Helix Fossil, our One True Lord and Saviour. Oh, and one more …

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On LSD

[300 words] Once upon at a time, there were two nerds at a very fancy university studying psychology. Then they took acid and were like "lol, screw this. You nerds wanna continue with all these neurotic details? Fine. We'll just do acid and let the mind reveal itself." One of them kept doing acid, every …

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An HONEST Guide out of Depression

[3000 words] If you don't get what you want, you get sad. If you consistently don't get what you want, you get depressed. Depression is a sort of hibernation of the soul. When physical winter makes the food scarce, certain animals hibernate their bodies. When psycho-social-spiritual winter makes enjoyment scarce, we humans hibernate our minds. …

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