Author Archives: Jangali

Dealing with Life’s Decisions – (2) Innate Resources

In the previous article in this two-part series, I explained why, in a broad class of cases, the information we receive is likely to be a very poor guide to the actions we should take. This is the much-delayed part … Continue reading

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The fetishization of control

Here are a number of apparently unrelated behavioral conundrums. In general we take them for granted, but this in itself is curious. Why is it that there is so much uncertainty as to the basic physiology of female sexual arousal … Continue reading

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The cult(ivation) of self

The following video was recently shared by Glen Brauer of Philosophy Dinners. I think it is a good synthesis of mindfulness, philosophical enquiry and the state of knowledge in the neuroscience of emotions, and so it is a good starting … Continue reading

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The emergence of the spiritual

This merits a much longer piece, but I want to get the idea out there. In Les Regles de l’Art, Pierre Bourdieu describes the emergence in the 19th century of a concept of autonomy in the sphere of cultural production, … Continue reading

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Dealing with Life’s Decisions – (1) Blinded by Science

This piece is the first in two on the question of how to make decisions in life. Some decisions we simply take too hastily, using cognitive shortcuts pre-programmed in our brains, and we would benefit from slowing down, thinking them … Continue reading

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Sex-positive feminism

“Orgasm is the body’s natural call to feminist politics” – Naomi Wolf (*). Many feminists take a dim view of the use made of images of women in advertising and in pornography. They argue that such images almost invariably involve … Continue reading

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Post-patriarchalism

A couple of days ago, I discussed the problem of sexual labels. In this post, I want to zero in on my own search for an adequate label to represent my approach to relationships (to be distinguished of course from … Continue reading

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