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Plato's Academy:

A brief introduction to Plato’s Academy, the school Plato founded outside of Athens and which continued after him for two-and-half centuries.

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Tell Me What to Want:

Whenever I become frustrated or unhappy with my life I go hunting. This kind of hunting brings me no solace at all, but I don’t know how to stop. The trouble is that I don’t really know what I want, I desperately want to know what I want, and there are numerous services offering to solve this trouble for me by promising a variety of visions so compelling that I will finally know what I want whenever I reach the bottom of the feed.

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Avoidance and Consumption:

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Or when you know what to do but don’t especially want to do it? I know what I do. I just consume. In the moment, it feels like I’m clicking in order to chase something, but underneath I know that I’m clicking in order to run away.

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If you would like to browse past essays from the Notebook, you can see the big chronological list in the Archive or you can browse through the list of Tags. In this notebook you can read my attempts to work out my ideas in a public space before they make it into the longer and more polished Essays.