Socrates- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (11)

Today we move on to a discussion of Socrates. Russell only focuses on him briefly because of the fact that we have so much historical uncertainty regarding him. This article will mostly focus on what we know of him through Plato and Xenophon. One interesting thing about the historicity of Socrates is that we can…… Continue reading Socrates- Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, chapter by chapter- (11)

Social media and the collective unconscious

As regular readers will have noticed, I find the the invention of things like the camera and social media fascinating because of how they have changed our mindset in viewing our selves. The fact that we can now capture moments has made those moments more defining than they otherwise would have been. Not only that,…… Continue reading Social media and the collective unconscious

Towards a science of ideas through networking

Last night I listened to a talk by Niall Ferguson on Intelligence Squared about his new book. In his new book, he intends to discuss hidden, or as yet un-covered networks throughout history. There were a few rather interesting take-away points I wish to mention here. Firstly, he believes that social networks are an important…… Continue reading Towards a science of ideas through networking

How the advent of the camera changed history forever

The advent which was the birth of photography had a strange effect on history. History of culture, but also of our mental history. It is merely recognised as a new artform, a mode of documentation, an aid to memory. There is so much more to it than this, I would go as far as to…… Continue reading How the advent of the camera changed history forever

Mythologies- Barthes on… Royal Families

In Barthes’ essay The ‘Blue Blood’ Cruise, he seeks to display a disparity in culture between the working class and the royal family. The disparity is so much greater than even that between the working class and the super-rich that we struggle to imagine them living out their lives in the same way as us.…… Continue reading Mythologies- Barthes on… Royal Families