The observers become part of the text. Criticism of the text exposes intertextual connections and undermines the intent of the author. Nothing in the text is treated with reverence, the forth wall is constantly broken, and reference to the film as a film while also taking its constructed reality at face value. Two of the observers […]
I laughed loud and hard when I saw this picture for the first time. What a traumatic and bizarre image.
That it needs to exist is sad. That someone thought they could stop the behavior with a sign is absurd. That someone was commissioned to create the sign is oddly funny. I […]
Mass Effect is epic. It’s the product of the best parts of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and more with a protagonist who could be the love-child of Picard, Skywalker, and Starbuck. It’s one of the most important pieces of science fiction narrative of our generation. Mass Effect goes so far beyond other fictional […]
Peg O’Conner in the New York Times relates her battle with alcoholism to Plato’s famous allegory. Addiction is the right word for those who return, who need, the Cave and the shadows on its wall to be their reality:
In various scenarios of addiction, the addicted person’s fixation on a shadow reality — one […]
Eddy Nahmias explains why if you’re going to argue free will doesn’t exist, we better make damn sure we’re all talking about the same thing:
The sciences of the mind do give us good reasons to think that our minds are made of matter. But to conclude that consciousness or free will is thereby […]
You know what’s great in a video game? Side quests. Lots of content. Games that let me choose my own path and do extra, fun, cool things in addition to the main storyline. I’ve only been playing Batman: Arkham City for a day now, and there is already so much to choose from. The downside […]
Many of us intuitively think so. Jonah Lehrer focuses on one example, prison rape, in his examination of the question, “Is the World Just?” That is one hell of a question for a single blog post.
In his response, he describes what is among one of the most interesting practical ethics tests on the […]
Edward Tenner at the Atlantic outlines why philosophy is the king of the humanities:
Thus philosophy is a demanding major. The chairman of the Villanova University department is quoted as counseling students with mediocre grade point averages away from concentration. Philosophy majors also score highest among disciplines in verbal reasoning and analytical […]
Braden Allenby, Nicholas Agar, and myself have squared off (hexagoned? how does one extend the analogy for a three person debate?) for a discussion of transhumanism’s ethical implications. The conversation was one of the most polite and enlightening that I have had in a long time. I really must thank Slate’s Future Tense for organizing […]
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