Alison Gopnik has a terrific article in The Atlantic. Drop everything and read it, as I just did.
She starts with her personal crisis in which a lot of things fell apart and triggered other things falling apart, and she couldn’t work. (She’s a philosopher and a psychologist. I think I’ve quoted her in the past.)
My doctors prescribed Prozac, yoga, and meditation. I hated Prozac. I was terrible at yoga. But meditation seemed to help, and it was interesting, at least. In fact, researching meditation seemed to help as much as actually doing it. Where did it come from? Why did it work?
So she began to read Buddhist philosophy.
Then there’s David Hume. He had a crisis … Read the rest