Nihilism Gets a Bad Wrap:
Cool, I always thought that more programmers should be interested in philosophy, but here I am discovering that there are actually many of us...
@borko Thanks! The current philosophy section on BattlePenguin use to be a separate site I started on spirituality (see the previous post I have up).
My interest in philosophy recently has come from odd places, the Drunk Philosophy meetup when I lived in Seattle, Wisecrack videos (philosophy in pop culture), Žižek's debate with Peterson & podcasts like Owls at Dawn (which I found via Wisecrack) The only stuff I've really read are Camus, Oliver Burkeman's The Antidote, and lots of random papers.
Don't say "the only", reading a philosophical work and understanding it is a big deal.
Otherwise, my case with philosophy is similar, the things that got me into it were the podcast 'Partially-examined life" and the Existential Comics (the author of which is also a programmer).
I also have a blog: http://boris-marinov.github.io/blog/
Who do you think won the Zizek - Peterson debate?
@borko Cool. I read your post on the novel; look forward to reading more.
For the debate, I don't think anyone "won." They both gained insights from each other. I don't think Zizek was aware of the neo-Marxist movements in current academia in North America and I think Peterson learned how far removed those ideas were from Zizek's idea of Marxism. I think they both made very good points. I like Peterson's argument of what separates the proletariat/bourgeois; What happens if the hierarchy flips?
@djsumdog His argument is good, but contains a hidden assumption which is, we may say, at the core of the left-right debate - that the establishment of a hierarchy is inevitable.
The thing with that assumption, though, is that there is nothing much to say about it, you either believe in it or you don't ;)
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