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u/2518899 · 2 pointsr/RedditDayOf

I have long found this to be an interesting topic as it relates to how laughter/humor might be a reflection of one's morals. Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious comes to mind.

Here's a pretty comprehensive summary of different philosophies of humor/laughter from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

A good piece from the SEP article:

>Plato, the most influential critic of laughter, treated it as an emotion that overrides rational self-control. In the Republic (388e), he says that the Guardians of the state should avoid laughter, “for ordinarily when one abandons himself to violent laughter, his condition provokes a violent reaction.” Especially disturbing to Plato were the passages in the Iliad and the Odyssey where Mount Olympus was said to ring with the laughter of the gods. He protested that “if anyone represents men of worth as overpowered by laughter we must not accept it, much less if gods.”
>Another of Plato's objections to laughter is that it is malicious. In Philebus (48–50), he analyzes the enjoyment of comedy as a form of scorn. “Taken generally,” he says, “the ridiculous is a certain kind of evil, specifically a vice.” That vice is self-ignorance: the people we laugh at imagine themselves to be wealthier, better looking, or more virtuous than they really are. In laughing at them, we take delight in something evil—their self-ignorance—and that malice is morally objectionable.

Right after this section the article goes into the Biblical and Christian views of laughter (mostly negative for the first part of Christian history).

u/Are_You_Hermano · 3 pointsr/RedditDayOf

If anyone is interested in reading a novel with the Opium Wars as the backdrop I highly suggest checking out the Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh, which starts with [Sea of Poppies] ( In fairness the trilogy starts on the eve of the Opium Wars and hence SoP only scratches the surface; [River of Smoke] ( two of the trilogy--does a deeper dive on the political events that lead the Opium Wars but obviously you'll need to read SoP to make sense of what's going on in RoS.

(As an aside--I found SoP to be an excellent book with engaging characters, great prose and incredibly well written and plotted while RoS was merely ok for me. RoS could have used better editing and seemed almost unfocused at times. That said, the writing is still pretty strong and perhaps it seems unfocused because it is setting up the final, and as yet unreleased installment of the trilogy.)

u/MaxChaplin · 3 pointsr/RedditDayOf

Though the day is over, here's some of the folklore in the film. (source: TV Tropes)

  • Pangur Bán is named after the oldest surviving poem in the Irish language. Written by... a young monk in the margins of his study, about his pet cat.
  • "Aisling" (pronounced like "Ashley", which is a modernized version) is an Irish girl's name meaning "dream" or "vision", but it's also the name of a genre of Irish poetry. In these poems, a woman appears as the Anthropomorphic Personification of Ireland and speaks about the country's troubles, followed by a prediction of a better future. The writers for the movie decided to play with the concept by making the female figure a mischievous little girl instead of a serious older woman.
  • Aisling's opening monologue is based on another very old Irish poem called "The Song of Tuan Mac Cairill", one of the Tuatha De Danann who survived among humans by taking on the forms of a salmon, a deer and a wolf, rather like we see Aisling doing.
  • Aisling didn't enter the tower on herself because, according to old folk stories, fairies, demons and other ungodly beings are unable to enter churches.
  • The presence of the international monks in Kells might be an allusion to the hypothesis that the Irish have saved civilization in the middle ages.
u/redct · 2 pointsr/RedditDayOf

Hey, cool, this is what I study (shoutout to the social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon). Kahneman and Tversky were insanely prolific researchers (and Kahneman still is to an extent) and their findings practically invented the fields of behavioral economics and decision science. Crazy cool people.

For a good read and an "outsider's" introduction, I'd recommend Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman. If you're more comfortable reading academic texts, their papers are pretty widely available too.

u/0and18 · 9 pointsr/RedditDayOf

Sorry, I did not see that, it was in collected by his family trust, many of his letters and personal notes have trickled out in the past decade by the trust and family. I teach high school and first saw this in a collection of works from Random House's collection Vonnegut Letters

If you want to do the assignment that goes along with it here

cc u/oneawesomeguy

P.S. it is an awesome collection.

u/PeacePig · 2 pointsr/RedditDayOf

Yoga is a monistic practice in Hinduism. The practice revolves not around god(s) but instead is practiced through exploring inward. This is done through mediation. In fact, the yogis were the ones who developed the iconic lotus position we all have come to associate with meditation. The yoga sutras outline steps to enlightenment, The yogic ultimate reality is "oneness." That is, realizing the inner-most self (atman) is indistinct from the universal spirit (brahman), aka the Absolute.

The wikipedia article doesn't quite do this text justice. The sutras are a dense text, one Wikipedia or any other article I could find on the internet doesn't really expand upon well. If you are interested in learning more about them, I recommend this book.

u/chazwhiz · 2 pointsr/RedditDayOf

I loved that book. Somehow we have 2 copies, which works out since now the kids love it so much too. The author, Jon Agee, has a bunch of other fun wordplay books too. We especially love Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

Looks like you can’t get it new anymore, but Amazon’s got used copies: Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! and Other Palindromes

u/hnice · 5 pointsr/RedditDayOf

Just kidding about Ada, of course.

For anyone interested, this bio is a very good read, with enough of the technical details required for someone who programs to see how much she was involved in. The author doesn't put her on a pedestal, either, which is nice.

u/Star-Bellied-Sneech · 13 pointsr/RedditDayOf

I grew up on Encyclopedia Brown. Some of his mysteries became a bit dated over time, but still sound.

My biggest issue - and it actually isn't with the Encyclopedia Brown character himself - was the lending of his name to:

Encyclopedia Brown's Record Book of Weird and Wonderful Facts

This was one of those "Weird Fact" books that all nerds loved back in the day. Filled with trivia and mundane "facts" about all sorts of things.

And so many of them were utter poppycock.

I cringe to think of how many of these "factoids" I regurgitated. How much erroneous information did I squirrel away in my brain that was wrong. Must I second guess everything I ever knew?

Donald Sobol wasn't the only perpetrator of mis-information. But I trusted Encyclopedia Brown and by extension, I trusted Mr. Sobol. And it is this book that burns in my memory as a pillar of fabrication and fancy.

Edit - I went ahead and bought a copy for the singular purpose of determining how much of it is crap.

u/coforce · 2 pointsr/RedditDayOf

His original paper can be found here. If you find it a bit dense then you may be interested in reading an annotated version of his work found from this wonderful book.

u/mshron · 6 pointsr/RedditDayOf

It's actually not that ironic; the Stoics were all about joy. It was negative emotions they wanted to cast off, not all emotions.


u/Otterfan · 5 pointsr/RedditDayOf

So the actual Asheville flag does not look like this in person. It looks like this—basically normal.

This flag image was created by Subman758 for Wikipedia:

> The is the city of Asheville, North Carolina's Flag. The Crew of USS Asheville use this as their Battle Flag. I created this image using Microsoft Paint. I was unable to find this image anywhere on the internet.

Since for a while this was the only image of the flag on the Internet, it kind of took on a life as "the official flag of Asheville, made in MS Paint". In fact, most Asheville merchandise bearing the flag merchandise uses this image.

u/kiki_The_blonde · 7 pointsr/RedditDayOf

x-post from /r/knitting where someone told me about you folks.

My niece is a big time math/physics nerd so for Christmas last year I made her a scarf based on the book "17 Equations that Changed the World."

I gave up on trying to find the photo of the finished product. I took this and joined it into a möbius that she would wear as a double-twisted cowl.

The scarf was accompanied by this book as a Christmas present:

u/KloverCain · 1 pointr/RedditDayOf

Unfortunately I don't since I read that in a book more than ten years ago. Hah. So I guess I can say I'm pretty sure those are the facts (at least according to that one book). I believe this is the book. I remember it being good but I don't think my knowledge of true crime books was very well developed then so it could be total crap!

u/remotectrl · 1 pointr/RedditDayOf

I don't think they'd seen flying foxes before. Fact source was this book which is horribly outdated in the biology section.

u/xkcd_transcriber · 5 pointsr/RedditDayOf




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Title-text: Fuck it. I'm just going to Waffle House.

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