The First Roundup of Links

I’ve been reading a lot about the Enlightenment lately.  Here are some sources that have been useful:

http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/hum_303/enlightenment.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/enlightenment/

All three are good, but the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (3rd link) is a particularly good resource on anything related to philosophy.

Going hand in hand with this, I’ve also recently finished reading Candide by Voltaire.

In one sitting I read the brief but forceful polemic “Letter to a Christian Nation“, by Sam Harris.  I’m currently about halfway through “The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality”.  Up next will probably be Bertrand Russel’s famous “Why I am not a Christian”.  Any of these may be fodder for posts in the future.

In an effort to improve my writing I came across some exercises in sentence combining and building which I have found to be useful.  Note that sentence combining and sentence building are two different things.  The linked website isn’t particularly well organized, but the material is worth a little digging.

Psy’s catchy and hilarious Kpop song/video “Gangnam Style” has achieved staggering popularity abroad and on the internet, with over 127,000,000 views as of this writing.  Lurking beneath the hypnotic beat and celebrity cameos may be a pointed critique of Korean society, as discussed in this illuminating piece by Max Fisher at the Atlantic.

The brief science fiction piece “Three Worlds Collide” by Eliezer Yudkowsky made me laugh and tied my brain into knots.  It’s worth a read if you like brainy shit.  His “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality” is both longer but in my opinion more accessible, so you may want to check that out too.

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