Jonny Thomson teaches philosophy in Oxford. He runs a popular Instagram account called Mini Philosophy (@philosophyminis), which is the result of the conversations with his students and a somewhat masochistic obsession with reading dry philosophical books. Although Jonny centers around philosophy, he loves to write about all manner of subjects. Under the increasingly strained title of a 'philosophy' blog, he's turned his hand to the origins of life, linguistics, developmental psychology, time travel paradoxes, psychoanalysis and unpacking classic novels and poetry. His first book is called "Mini Philosophy: A Small Book of Big Ideas."
Being a jerk gets you rich, promoted, and laid (if you're a man). But there is a downside.
From landscaped gardens to road systems, the Persians were among the first to create many things we still enjoy today.
How can you fit a camel through a needle?
Financial illiteracy can become a significant problem. But it’s a problem with a clear solution.
Virtually anyone can now create convincing deepfakes. That doesn't mean you should.
Are anti-workers the lazy children of privilege or the brave vanguard of a utopic upheaval?
"Of course, the spleen is the biggest organ in the body."
Mindfulness may be especially useful for gaining more control of your impulses to spend.
The Church of England is debating if believers should stop using gendered language when talking about God.
Stoicism is a big deal right now, but it has some major flaws. Here's why you might want to hold off on becoming a Stoic.
If you get married in South Africa, don't be surprised if someone shows up to the ceremony dragging along a smelly goat.
Evil is easy to identify and fight against; not so with stupidity.
Give yourself (and others) a break.
"For every PhD there is an equal and opposite PhD."
Find it easier to sort out your friends' problems than your own? This paradox is for you.
It was originally recorded in the 1970s by cognitive psychologists Harry McGurk and John MacDonald.
"The Da Vinci Code" popularized the idea that Christians stole much of their theology. It's wrong, especially regarding Christmas.
"Lethal autonomous weapon" sounds friendlier than "killer robot."
Buddhism has rules for slaying your enemies. But the real surprise is finding out who your enemies actually are.
Surely they can't be worse...can they?
There are different types of atheism and atheists. In general, they can be classified as the non-religious, the non-believers, and agnostics.
Being mortal makes life so much sweeter.
Harmony and moderation make for a happier life.
Proxy wars on the pitch.
The history of money is a history of convenience, and spending has never been easier than it is today.
Children as young as three have been defined for life by IQ tests.
In the future, people may look back with horror at how humans treated AI in the 21st century.
What if your textbook lied to you?
Nothing meaningful is done quickly.
How many tins of beans make a stockpile, and when does a basement become a bunker?