Fiction Philosophy Reading Group

Scenes from Clerical Life: Reading George Eliot’s Short Stories – June & July 2024

Following our discussions on Albert Camus’ Exile and the Kingdom, we will turn our attention to George Eliot’s Scenes from Clerical Life. We will have a series of six sessions, two sessions dedicated to each of Eliot’s short stories, from June 22nd to July 27th. Here is the plan: About George Eliot George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Ann Evans (1819 – 1880), is among the most highly regarded novelists of the Victorian era.…

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Artificial Intelligence Writing

What Upsets Some Writers about the Use of AI in Writing?

I recently listened to a panel discussion of authors reflecting on the use of ChatGPT. Although I agree with their broad skepticism towards using AI, there was an underlying attitude in their discussion—a negative attitude toward something else, something other than AI. The critique against using AI, e.g., ChatGPT, in writing often rests on the assumption that its use takes us away from the purity—and the nobility—of the ‘blank page.’ But the page is never…

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Philosophy Psychology in Everyday Life Reading Group

The Evolution of a Collaborative Reading Community

A unique reading group, started by a PhD holder in psychology and YouTuber, breaks the mold of typical book clubs. This post describes the group’s laid-back approach to discussing a wide range of texts, emphasizing open dialogue, philosophical pluralism, connection to everyday life, and personal perspectives. Find out what makes these discussions so engaging, and get a sneak peek at their future plans.

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