(Note from August, 2017: I’ve been going back through stuff I wrote while in school, and some of it is ridiculous, so I thought I’d share it. This was written April 17, 2012. You’re welcome.) Troubleshooting the Mind By D C Arnold First, if you skip these pages, […]Read more "Every self-help book. Maybe I’ll finish this someday."
Wittgenstein argues that our world is our language. That is, we are cognitive beings, we human beings. We have a sense of consciousness, a sense of self, a sense of what it is to be someone who describes things, who notices things, who feels things even though they can choose to be stoic about it, […]Read more "Privilege of language"
Blog post update August 2, Wednesday Biking update I biked to work today,. 5.5 miles. My rear fender rattled loose, and the bolt is too tight for fingers, so I’m going to grab a wrench when I wake up and deal with that. I had a lot of anxiety about riding my bike to work […]Read more "How I’m going to lose 30 pounds. This journal."
Major problem: other people’s habits affect me. They cling to me.
Major benefit: other people’s habits affect me. They boost me up.Read more "Why don’t I do things I enjoy?"
“Look how tough (weak!) I am. I get an ego boost for how much pain I can suffer.”Read more "The insidious loop"
This is a thoughtful excerpt. Or is it?Read more "Loyal readers, or at least casual noticers, hello."
In ethical philosophy, the study of what people should do, there’s this notion of first- and second-order desires. A first-order desire happens when a person wants something, whether explicitly (out loud) or implicitly (by their action): a person wants the pleasure and nutrition from eating a blueberry muffin. A person wants a paycheck. Needs that new first […]Read more "What do you want to want? A short primer on the power of philosophical self-development."