Talking To Myself

Caleb Beers
Opinion and analysis. Largely philosophy, literature, and current events.
Created 01 Mar 2021
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  • Recurrence
    26 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 6 3
    A few years back I was visiting a friend of mine. His name is Ambrose, and whenever I meet him after a few years of not speaking the same question always returns: who names their kid that? You could h...
  • Conspiratorial Thinking
    15 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 7 0
    I’m going to talk about conspiracy theorists, but first, I’m going to talk about organized behavior in organic systems such as flocks of birds, because it will serve an illustrative purpose. Then I’m ...
  • Tolerance
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 5 0
    I want to convince you that, despite all appearances to the contrary, tolerance is still a good strategy. I won’t make a humanistic appeal to toleration and rational dialogue, because I don’t think th...
  • The Last Barrier
    04 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 4 1
    The human species is in an awkward place right now. We have technology, and it is steadily making us more powerful. However, technology is not neutral. It creates change, and the change it creates isn...
  • Aesthetics
    03 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    Warning: the following is perfect nonsense and does not actually mean anything, so don’t bother asking me for clarification. Yes, it’s unintelligible, and yes, it’s so abstract as to be meaningless. T...
  • Quarantine and Punish
    29 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    “Biopower” is a piece of academic jargon arcane enough to not quite sound like a word to the layman. It was coined by a notoriously abstruse theorist named Michel Foucault, who is famous for being the...
  • What's Western Philosophy?
    13 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    There are a lot of European philosophies, and there are a lot of philosophies from outside of Europe. Trying to corral everything into Western and Eastern with some set of neatly definable characteris...
  • Wittgenstein's Contribution
    19 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    Wittgenstein is often represented as a kind of one-man transition from logical positivism to the present era of philosophy. While this is a bit of an overstatement, in my view, it certainly does give ...
  • Alligators Of The Mind
    12 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 7 1
    There are people who can cheer themselves up by a conscious choice to feel differently. Some people can listen to happy music to influence their internal state, for example, or watch an uplifting movi...
  • Who are Nietzsche's "Higher Men"?
    12 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 5 0
    I could go into a long monologue here about the transvaluation of values and how the higher man is uniquely suited to eventually create the Ubermensch through his down-going and so on, but I think it ...