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Results, not Genesis

A philosophical paper ought to record the results, not the genesis, of the author's thought about a topic. In this hyperkinetic age it is a good writerly maxim to state one's thesis succinctly at the outset and sketch one's overall....

Making America Mexico Again

There is, however, a minor problem with this notion, namely, that Mexican invaders will then have to travel so much farther north to get to a place worth living in. The graphic below is from a recent Trump protest rally...

Sickness

The physically sick are rarely unaware of their state; the morally usually.

Is Neil Degrasse Tyson an ID supporter?

The ID in question would be computer simulation. Still.....Here.

Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?

Apparently not for the cry bullies and cowardly administrators at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: UMass-Amherst students this week threw a mass temper tantrum to derail a forum that challenged the speech police. “The Triggering: Has Political Correctness Gone Too...

Worry and Regret and Time

Worry and regret form a pair in that each involves flight from the present; worry flees the present toward an unknown future, regret toward an unchangeable past. The door to Reality, however, is hinged on the axis of the Now....

An Indiscernibility Argument for Dualism: Does it Beg the Question?

Here is a simple indiscernibility argument for substance dualism, presented simply: 1. If two things are identical, then whatever is true of the one is true of the other, and vice versa. 2. It is true of me that I...

'Whose' and 'Of Which': How Punctilious is Too Punctilious?

Which of the following is correct? 'He presented an argument whose logical form is Modus Tollens.' 'He presented an argument the logical form of which is Modus Tollens.' The second. But it would be absurd to insist on a punctilio...

Well-Being and the Resonance Constraint

I have been doing some homework recently... some advanced reading. Tomorrow (Friday, April 29) I intend to go to the University of Colorado and attend a lecture by Chris Heathwood on "The Resonance Constraint". I'm using this as an excuse...Show More Summary

Desirism Book - Part 0010 - GE Moore's Beautiful World

Let us imagine one world exceedingly beautiful....And then imagine the ugliest world you can possibly conceive. Imagine it simply one heap of filth, containing everything that is most disgusting to us, for whatever reason, and the whole, as far as may be, without one redeeming feature. Show More Summary

Capitulation

Here: A town has voted not to fly the flag of St George in case it offends Muslims. Radstock in Somerset has a population of 5,620, 16 of them Muslim, census data shows. Related articles The Crusades Were Defensive Wars...

Bright Flash at Moment of Conception

From The Telegraph (4/26): Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from th...

Paul Roubiczek

A while back I supplied a reader's demand for a list of Obscure, Neglected, and Underrated Philosophers. But I forgot to mention Paul Roubiczek. I have read a couple of his works, and this morning I started in on Thinking...

Desirism Book - Part 0009 - Pushpin and Poetry

Prejudice apart, the game of push-pin is of equal value with the arts and sciences of music and poetry. If the game of push-pin furnish more pleasure, it is more valuable than either - Jeremy Bentham (Jeremy Bentham, from The Rationale of Reward, excerpted and reprinted in: The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill, ed. Show More Summary

Mountain Climbers of the Spirit

George Mallory fell to his death in 1924 while attempting to scale Everest. His body was found in 1999. It remains a mystery whether he summited. Now one can admire Mallory's courage, dedication, and perseverance. But one must question the...

The Enigmatic B. Traven and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Do you know who he is? I found out only recently, which I suppose is fitting given the man's Pynchon- and Salinger-like desire for obscurity. A while back, I caught the last half-hour of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,...

Post-Consensus Politics: A Poetic Epigraph

Here is the first stanza of "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), a fitting epigraph to our entry into the twilight. But for the philosopher there is consolation: "The owl of Minerva spreads its wings at dusk." (Hegel)....

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