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Elliot Temple on March 30, 2019

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Who was the first philosopher who advocated individualism?

Anonymous at 2:50 PM on April 13, 2019 | #12132 | reply | quote

#12132 Maybe Aristotle. See *The World of Parmenides* by Popper.

curi at 3:01 PM on April 13, 2019 | #12133 | reply | quote

Apparently promoting individualism is a Jewish plot


Anonymous at 1:56 PM on April 16, 2019 | #12178 | reply | quote


For the podcast advocating reading books, I think I forgot to say it's also important to *stop* reading books. If it's not working for you, don't finish it. Don't commit to reading a whole book just because you read chapter 1 or just because you got the book. It's also good (for non-fiction) to sometimes read specific chapters of interest rather than reading everything in order. Read the best (for you) parts and, if they impress you, then read some more parts. Sometimes just skipping the prolog helps. Some prologs are really optional stuff about writing the book rather than an introduction or outline of the topic. Also whenever there is an introduction written by a different person it's safe to skip it. So I often just start at chapter 1 and find that's better.

Some books won't work well. Try other books instead of forcing yourself to read on.

If you are giving up on 90% of books after 5 pages, then you have a problem to address. But if you read everything straight through, that's also probably a problem.

curi at 12:09 PM on July 4, 2019 | #12960 | reply | quote

Sometimes the prologue would be interesting to read *last*. After I read the book, now I'll understand it and care. Sometimes I think they should have put it at the end of the book, not the start. The acknowledgments should go at the end too (and in some books they do, btw).

curi at 12:11 PM on July 4, 2019 | #12961 | reply | quote

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