"No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty."
Baruch Spinoza
A message from eyeronicplatonic
Hello! I looked at your description and noticed your dual degrees. I am also pursuing Phil/Psych and would greatly appreciate 1) any advice concerning substantive reading materials (things you wish you had read while in school) and 2) insight as to possible professional outlets for the degree pairing. Thanks!

Hello to you too!

I’m not sure what I wish I had read while in school because even back then I was reading papers here and there in my own time for fun. My advice would be to begin, if you haven’t already, to read articles that you have access to from your school’s online databases like Academic Search Complete and JSTOR. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy can never hurt either.

For professional outlets, I’m aware of a few that obviously combine the two: philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind/consciousness. These are mostly academic options, and there are certainly other fields you can go into, but they’re the ones that come to mind.

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity."
"The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away."
Marcus Aurelius


How to make hard choices by philosopher Ruth Chang

"For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy."
"I don’t think you should try to be anything you’re not. If you’re not smiling all the time or always happy - I don’t think it matters. If you’re having bad day, show you’re having a bad day. Don’t try to put up something that’s fake."
Elle Fanning
"I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others."
Marcus Aurelius
"My philosophy: it’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier."
Anthony Hopkins

Not long ago I was sleeping in a cabin in the woods and was awoken in the middle of the night by the sounds of a struggle between two animals. Cries of terror and extreme agony rent the night, intermingled with the sounds of jaws snapping bones and flesh being torn from limbs. One animal was being savagely attacked, killed and then devoured by another.

A clearer case of a horrible event in nature, a natural evil, has never been presented to me. It seemed to me self-evident that the natural law that animals must savagely kill and devour each other in order to survive was an evil natural law and that the obtaining of this law was sufficient evidence that God did not exist. If I held a certain epistemological theory about “basic beliefs”, I might conclude from this experience that my intuition that there is no God co-existing with this horror was a “basic belief” and thus that I am epistemically entitled to be an atheist without needing to justify this intuition.

Quentin Smith
"You know.. smash [bros]? It’s just like jazz. You’ll get all sorts of other fighting games — it’s like classical music where the sheet music is in front of you, and there’s really no room to improvise. But with smash, you have the chords there. You don’t know what you’re gonna fill it with. It all is improv; and you just take it moment by moment. Sometimes it’s not about the notes that you play, it’s about the notes that you miss, and that’s really important in smash."
Prog (via polishedlake)
"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."
Stephen Hawking