How Emotions Are Made

Notes from a book and why I didn't finish it.

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While it has some interesting ideas, it's illogical and while the author makes a lot of extraordinary claims they are now followed with extraordinary evidence.
I stopped reading after the 10th chapter, as it went into applications of the idea into various domains - I was already too irritated to care.

Good #

Still, I got a lot of interesting ideas out of it.

Irritating #

I was "constructing a lot of irritation" while reading this book.

I recommend taking a look at the 1-star reviews on Goodreads for some great takes on this book.

"Proper Names" by John Searle | Jeffrey Kaplan. #

| This is a video lecture in a course on the philosophy of language. It explains John R Searle's seminal and groundbreaking 1958 paper "Proper Names". Searle discusses and ultimately rejects both Frege's and Mill's theories of proper names. But Searle does think that associated with every name there is something like Frege's sense, except Searle thinks that it is a purposefully vague cluster of descriptions. Therefore, Searle's theory is often called the Cluster Theory of Proper Names. This video explain's Searle's theory and it uses a lot of examples involving Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Aristotle.

I recommend watching it as the ideas of names and concepts show up a lot in the book.

True name #

I've found it fascinating when thinking about names and concepts in ancient cultures. But, it's also explored in some of my favorite fiction True_name | In_popular_culture_and_fiction

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