Cleaning Your Own Toilet

Like almost everyone else, I do not enjoy cleaning.  Like most people, I find living in filth unacceptable. As such, I need to either clean myself, get someone else to clean for me or change my
Like almost everyone else, I do not enjoy cleaning.  Like most people, I find living in filth unacceptable. As such, I need to either clean myself, get someone else to clean for me or change my [More]

Introduction to Philosophy

View image | gettyimages.com The following provides a (mostly) complete Introduction to Philosophy course. Readings & Notes (PDF) Intro Readings  Intro Notes  Class Videos (YouTube) Part I
View image | gettyimages.com The following provides a (mostly) complete Introduction to Philosophy course. Readings & Notes (PDF) Intro Readings  Intro Notes  Class Videos (YouTube) Part I [More]

Mistakes

View image | gettyimages.com If you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways. -Confucius   I never make the same mistake twice. Unfortunately,
View image | gettyimages.com If you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways. -Confucius   I never make the same mistake twice. Unfortunately, [More]

Robopunishment

While the notion of punishing machines for misdeeds has received some attention in science fiction, it seems worthwhile to take a brief philosophical look at this matter. This is because the future,
While the notion of punishing machines for misdeeds has received some attention in science fiction, it seems worthwhile to take a brief philosophical look at this matter. This is because the future, [More]

A Teleological World

One classic dispute in philosophy can be crudely summed up by two competing bumper-sticker slogans. One is “everything happens for a reason.” The other is “stuff happens.” The first slogan expresses
One classic dispute in philosophy can be crudely summed up by two competing bumper-sticker slogans. One is “everything happens for a reason.” The other is “stuff happens.” The first slogan expresses [More]

How Aristotle Invented Science

Long before Cuvier, Darwin, and Mendel, Aristotle was deciphering the mysteries of the cuttlefish’s abdominal tract, the ambiguities of hyena genitals…
Long before Cuvier, Darwin, and Mendel, Aristotle was deciphering the mysteries of the cuttlefish’s abdominal tract, the ambiguities of hyena genitals… [More]

The Speed of Rage

The rise of social media has created an entire new world for social researchers. One focus of the research has been on determining how quickly and broadly emotions spread online. The April 2014
The rise of social media has created an entire new world for social researchers. One focus of the research has been on determining how quickly and broadly emotions spread online. The April 2014 [More]

Why is the Universe the Way it is?

One of the fundamental questions shared by science, philosophy and theology is the question of why the universe is the way it is. Over the centuries, the answers have fallen into two broad camps.
One of the fundamental questions shared by science, philosophy and theology is the question of why the universe is the way it is. Over the centuries, the answers have fallen into two broad camps. [More]

Education & Negativity Bias

In general, people suffer from a wide range of cognitive biases. One of these is known as negativity bias and it is manifested by the tendency people have to give more weight to the negative than to
In general, people suffer from a wide range of cognitive biases. One of these is known as negativity bias and it is manifested by the tendency people have to give more weight to the negative than to [More]

Homosexuality, Choice & Engineering

In my previous essay I rambled a bit about homosexuality and choice. The main point of this was to set up this essay, which focuses on the ethics of engineering people to be straight. In general
In my previous essay I rambled a bit about homosexuality and choice. The main point of this was to set up this essay, which focuses on the ethics of engineering people to be straight. In general [More]