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>> No.16679426

>>16679394
Niggers

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Brandon Sanderson



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16679382 No.16679382 [Reply] [Original]

I finally got an ereader so here I am /lit/, trying to figure out books I might be interested in.
Anyone have any good, not too biased recommendations regarding Russia's attempt at communism? I'm not interested in the "they lost haha they starved lol" I'm more interested in a quality take on what happened. How the state was envisioned to function, how it ended up in practice. I find it really interesting to imagine something like that happening, such a major shift in policy seems impossible today.



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16679372 No.16679372 [Reply] [Original]

this is our generation's Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, God Delusion, Godel Escher Bach, The Selfish Gene, A Brief History of Time, The Road to Reality, The Ego and Its Own, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and On the Origin of Species all rolled into one.

i'm in awe of its erudite dismantling and reconstruction of the whole explanatory narrative of value and the causal narrative we have wrongly construed up to this point. the precision with which it obviates the archaisms of theistic and non-enlightenment morals and metaphysics makes its staggering critiques of such systems definitive and final. its unprecedented execution of evolutionary-grounded epistemology is unparalleled in accuracy and profundity. it is a physicalist triumph and tour de force which puts all immaterialist accounts of existence squarely in the garbage bin.

i need to buy more copies of it and send them to my co-workers, leave them ostensibly forgotten upon subway seats, and nested in the mailboxes of unsuspecting theologians

>> No.16679378

>>16679372
Peven Stinker

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16679387

>>16679378
fpbp

>> No.16679422

>>16679372
Based. Today OP wasn't a fag.



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16679363 No.16679363 [Reply] [Original]

उषा उछन्ती समिधाने अग्ना उद्यन सूर्य उर्विया जयोतिरश्रेत

>> No.16679381

>>16679363
how many years did it take to learn?

>> No.16679437

पुरीषम् उत्सृजते



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16679362 No.16679362 [Reply] [Original]

I'm considering buying this pretentious faggot's self-published novel, just so I can critically destroy him. Thoughts?

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>> No.16679420

>>16679362
Who?

>> No.16679421

>>16679409
I doubt anyone has taken the time to scan/upload a bootleg copy of a self-published book.

>> No.16679434

>>16679420
All that matters is this puffed up poofter needs to be taken down a few notches.

>> No.16679446

>>16679362
Who are you.
Who is that guy.
Who would care about some e-celeb.

>> No.16679452

>>16679362
What is it, like a fiction or an autobiography?



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16679357 No.16679357 [Reply] [Original]

ill start:
>Only one enemy remained, two if you counted god



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16679297 No.16679297 [Reply] [Original]

Is censorship and infringement on freedom of speech ever justified? What are the philosophical arguments for and against censorship?

>> No.16679315

>>16679297
Karl Popper talks about the tolerance paradox.

>> No.16679322

As an actual communist (not a "libertarian socialist") I don't believe in freedom of speech. The notion that everyone has something worth saying is laughable, silly, and also dangerous. It breeds narcissism, stupidity, and disharmony. Fascists, reactionaries, imperialists, racists, and so on are rats and should not be allowed to have platforms and need to be immediately stomped. Today, I see China as the most ideal they are very admirable.
What libertarian socialists and anarchists don't understand is that they are playing by the rightists' rules and the right/reactionaries are the ones in power. They are no harm to them and the moment they are seen "breaking the rules" or doing something "subversive" they will be immediately stomped. That is why a strong central power is required to squash them and there is no revolution without it.



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16679278 No.16679278 [Reply] [Original]

Post some cover edits

This one's for free



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16679242 No.16679242 [Reply] [Original]

So I bet this has been asked a thousand times around here, but what are some /lit/ approved methods to retain information?

Even when I understand perfectly what I read, I often have trouble to summarize it afterward, mentally, for myself.

One obvious thing to do is read the shit again, but what specific techniques are there for better storing what you read so that you can express it afterwards?

Pic unrelated



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16679227 No.16679227 [Reply] [Original]

It's a pointless endeavor....... It's baseless... It's a baseless begin, it's a baseless end. Flung into a groundless ground..... Just an eternal return of a fortuitous event... that is itself within a series of copies of no centrality, completely outside of any foundations, of any internal logic just pure hyper chaos forever, or maybe not forever. Anything more chaotic than forever

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>> No.16679237

>>16679234
Based on the question of its baseness

>> No.16679261

>>16679227
What is 'it'. Why are you being cryptic? Is it because youre not actually saying anything?

>> No.16679295

You begin metaphysics by asking what is being?
What is the question of being and how does it arise , that is the basis of this book. Its pointlessness hinges on how the being of beings is interpreted, by whom and in what way.

>> No.16679300

>>16679234
based

>> No.16679333

>>16679237
The based is the base for which basedness is a question



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16679209 No.16679209 [Reply] [Original]

>capitalism is efficient
>top down management is effective
>I create value for shareholders
Why is neoliberal capitalism such a COPE?

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>> No.16679348

>>16679209

>reeeeeee you can't just voluntarily exchange goods and labor in mutually beneficiary transactions!!

>> No.16679361

>>16679343
It demonstrably is. Inefficient mechanisms inside capitalism are failures, however.

>> No.16679365

>>16679361
But what if the majority of capitalism is inefficient mechanisms to propagate a busy population?

>> No.16679368

>>16679343
There is more evidence of its efficiency than your theoretical worker co-op model

>> No.16679392

>>16679368
Ah yes, the system that couldn’t supply toilet paper to the masses was super efficient. Make sure to get all your toilet paper compliance officers and toilet paper research specialists and toilet paper phone bank customer service representatives to explain how useful and efficient they are.



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16679208 No.16679208 [Reply] [Original]

lol get it?

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Apparently this dummy is “essential” to the western canon. That’s the last time I take /lit/ seriously...

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holy SHIT LOL

>> No.16679286

>>16679208
Homer? I hardly know'er!

>> No.16679289

>>16679208
xD

>> No.16679388

>>16679208
kek



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16679171 No.16679171 [Reply] [Original]

What is an adequate and effective philosophy or line of reasoning to help people get out of the /x/ rabbit hole?
People who believe in conspiratorial ideas. People who mix wildly different ideas and concepts, from ancient religions to urban legends, as they see fit. People who choose to believe in certain ideas because they offer literal magical solutions to their problems (sexual partners in tulpas/succubi or a life goal). People who dismiss all science and all institutions, yet support the same science and institutions when they support their beliefs. People who believe that random events (from a gust of wind to world-wide news) are the work of a specific kind of supernatural entity they believe in, or the deep state, or aliens, or all of the above.
I've tried using Cartesian skepticism and the basics of epistemology, to no avail. Is there perhaps a way to help those people through religious philosophy, replacing the jumbled, self-serving mess they create in their heads with a proper religion?

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>> No.16679296

>>16679217
>whether your approaching someone is empathic or manipulative is in the first case a matter of perspective
On a related note, herein lies the difference between psychopathy and namebrand empathy. Both the psychopath and the regular person know how people function at an inherently psychophysiological level. Equating psychopathy with a lack of empathy is a wrongful idea borne out of the mainstream media presentation of the illness as "lacking" something integral. No, on the contrary, the psychopath is the dark double of the conscientious normalfag. If the psychopath had no grasp on emotion or people's emotions they wouldn't be able to function as well (seemingly) as they do, and we would have a much easier time spotting them in society. Where the two differ lies with to what ends they utilize their capacity for understanding. The psychopath is marked by his tendency to self-immolate socially because he pursues goals that are so far off the scale self-gratifying. In a Kantian sense he orients himself in such a way that other people's ends are much less present to him as factors he needs to account for. While having the same sense as the neurotypical does for emotion and feeling, he does not view it as his duty to take heed of these. It's also here worth mention that there isn't a clear split but a statistical gradation from normalcy to psychopathy, as with any psychopathology.

>> No.16679317

>>16679171
post his benis desu

>> No.16679352

I love my dickwasher
She knows what’s good
Sup sweet cheeks

>> No.16679380

>>16679171
Marx, Engels, Lenin, and so on and so on

>> No.16679431

Why not just read more rigorous occultism and approach it from a scientific and philosophical angle, instead of being a new age dabbling fucking moron in danger of driving himself schizo and/or interacting with evil or destructive forces?

It doesn't have to be either/or, you know. You are allowed to wonder about things like Jungian synchronicity and non-linear causality, even as a perfectly normal person. Where do you think all those paranormal investigators like Flammarion and Richet came from in the first place? They just took it seriously and tried to study it scientifically.

The difference is if you are inclined toward delusional thinking, like if you think every random gust of wind is interacting with you or the some schizo paranoid delusion about being followed. Then the problem isn't the contents of your beliefs (which smart, scientific people can think about without much danger) but the fact that the basic "tone" of your consciousness is inclined toward delusional thinking. There are plenty of schizos who don't believe in magic or the occult, they just think the CIA is the thing persecuting them or whatever. Schizo is schizo. If you are schizo inclined in this way, reading Descartes is not going to help (at least not by itself). You need a support system.

And for the love of god, if you are inclined toward delusional thinking, don't become some Crowley LARPer who thinks he's going to have magical powers and be an amoral superman. How well did that work for all those guys? If you're the kind of total fucking dumb retard whose only interest in the occult is to "summon a succubus" or "cast spells" to get yourself a new gaming PC, you are already in danger of big time mental illness. Even if it isn't schizo shit, at the very least you are deepening your sick way of viewing the world, in which your only purpose is hedonism and the occult is an amoral tool for better hedonism.

In the long run, maybe focusing on something less kooky would be good for you, like maybe it would be better to devote your life to math or physics or engineering, something real and tangible. But in the short term, if you are schizo the key thing is to get a support system and anchor yourself in reality.



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16679154 No.16679154 [Reply] [Original]

Post any quotes or excerpts you've found yourself dwelling on ITT.

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”
- Charles Dickens



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16679135 No.16679135 [Reply] [Original]

>Some years ago, there was a lovely philosopher of science and journalist in Italy named Giulio Giorello, and he did an interview with me. And I don’t know if he wrote it or not, but the headline in Corriere della Sera when it was published was "Sì, abbiamo un'anima. Ma è fatta di tanti piccoli robot – "Yes, we have a soul, but it’s made of lots of tiny robots." And I thought, exactly. That’s the view. Yes, we have a soul, but in what sense? In the sense that our brains, unlike the brains even of dogs and cats and chimpanzees and dolphins, our brains have functional structures that give our brains powers that no other brains have - powers of look-ahead, primarily. We can understand our position in the world, we can see the future, we can understand where we came from. We know that we’re here. No buffalo knows it’s a buffalo, but we jolly well know that we’re members of Homo sapiens, and it’s the knowledge that we have and the can-do, our capacity to think ahead and to reflect and to evaluate and to evaluate our evaluations, and evaluate the grounds for our evaluations. It’s this expandable capacity to represent reasons that we have that gives us a soul. But what’s it made of? It’s made of neurons. It’s made of lots of tiny robots. And we can actually explain the structure and operation of that kind of soul, whereas an eternal, immortal, immaterial soul is just a metaphysical rug under which you sweep your embarrassment for not having any explanation

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>> No.16679232

dennett loves to reify a functionalist description of consciousness as if it's an ontological entity, begging the question instead of answering it, and then when pressed, deny the reality of even that "entity" by claiming it's actually made up of smaller, non-conscious, material entities

how can someone with so little to say about, and so little INTEREST in, the problem of consciousness have written so many fucking books about it?

it's like if i wrote two dozen books on what gravity ultimately is and why it works the way it does, and i just kept saying "sometimes stuff can act on other stuff at a distance." and when someone told me this is a description and not an explanation, i only ever responded "haha idk stuff is just stuff and moves around sometimes i guess, are you some kind of kook who believes in spooky 'metaphysical' things like laws of physics?"

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>>16679216
okay. let's say we all take a metaphysical stance on existence. go ahead and explain to me what a "soul" is if it isn't a bunch of neurons.

>> No.16679414

>anime poster
>brainlet
checks out

>>16679182
fpbp

>> No.16679418

>>16679232
it's because he's p-zombie

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>>16679135



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16679131 No.16679131 [Reply] [Original]

Should i read this or Theogony first to get the most out of both?

>> No.16679424

>>16679131
The Library.



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16679114 No.16679114 [Reply] [Original]

>tfw not getting most of what is going on in the iliad

>> No.16679133

>>16679114
How

>> No.16679139

>>16679114
spear go brrr

>> No.16679169

>>16679114
Read Chapman's Homer



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16679110 No.16679110 [Reply] [Original]

Is there any non-erotic first person cuckold fiction? I just want to cringe not jerk off desu

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>> No.16679136

>cuckold
>non-erotic
Impossible (for op at least)

>> No.16679163

>>16679136
You can write about murder without sounding like a sociopath so not all sex needs to be arousing

>> No.16679178

Anguish (Angústia) by Graciliano Ramos

>> No.16679197

>>16679178
>Brazilian author
bro I'm already cringing

>> No.16679213

>>16679197
You'll like it if you can get past that. You might also notice some Dostoevsky influence if you already read Crime and Punishment.



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16679077 No.16679077 [Reply] [Original]

Why does Ossian the greatest poet brought upon the earth make this board seethe so much?

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>> No.16679239

>>16679077
Ossian is not real, anon! The poems were really composed by James Macpherson. The academic consensus regards them as a forgery; if you think otherwise, you have a lot of explaining to do.

>> No.16679240

>>16679201
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Poems_of_Ossian

>> No.16679257

>>16679077
I dunno anon, you seem the only one to care.

>> No.16679259

>>16679240
I'm sorry, anon, but you must be mistaken - these are the works of James Macpherson, but not Ossian

>> No.16679413

>>16679239
>>16679233
>>16679257
>>16679259
why are you so racist against scots?



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16679075 No.16679075 [Reply] [Original]

Which American university has the best press? Which non-American uni has the best press?

https://aupresses.org/membership/membership-list/



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