Here’s a very thoughtful and measured post from Ross Douthat about the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees in the ‘War on Terror’. I’m not necessarily endorsing Douthat’s position (I very seldom do), but the piece is perhaps the best I’ve read on the matter, probably because it eschews an absolutist stance and also takes into [...]
The makers of a prosthetic penis to help men cheat on drugs tests have pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy in a US federal court. The two men, George Wills and Robert Catalano, had been selling the device – known as the Whizzinator – over the internet for three years. Source. I really don’t [...]
Brenin is the name of a wolf that Mark Rowlands lived with for 11 years. Rowlands is a philosopher who’s lived and taught in the US, Ireland (he worked in UCC for a while), Britain and France, lecturing and writing books about theories of consciousness, ethics and animal rights, among other things. Wherever he was [...]
Christopher Hitchens speaking in Toronto in November 2006 on the motion “Be It Resolved: Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to Hate.”
What follows is a rather mangled essay that I lashed together in a hurry during the last semester. It seems vaguely related to other recent posts. All footnotes have been removed, so apologies in advance is this leads to any confusion. Please keep all “tl;dr” style comments to yourself. “Those who have quitted the world [...]
“Fitna” is the name of a rather nasty, polemical film by right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders that equates all Islam with violence and, portrays all Muslims as extremists. Or at least that’s what I gather based on the testimonies of those who have seen it. I can’t watch it myself because LiveLeak, the main channel [...]
At least I get the jokes in this sketch.
Before I was too tired and couldn’t stay awake; now I’m taken on too much caffeine and I kan’t concentrate on his Critique of Pure Reason. Yes, this post is all about the pun. I crack myself up…
I’ve finally got around to reading the damn thing, that vile source of so many of the 20th century’s woes. Frankly, I find it totally redundant in today’s world. If Marx ever did have a point, then over a century of incremental societal reforms have taken it well and truly away from him. Now his [...]
The initial impetus for writing this essay stemmed from reading a book review published in the Weekend Review section of the Irish Times on the Saturday of September 29th 2007. The book under review in the article was The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Guardian columnist Naomi Klein, and the book reviewer [...]
I have no idea why, but for some reason I really like the way this reads: retribution |ˌretrəˈbyoō sh ən| noun Punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved. Taken from the Oxford American Dictionary on my MacBook. (This post does not carry a ‘deeper meaning’. Just saying, lest anyone draw that [...]
This idea occurred to me while watching Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, so it probably isn’t very good. Still though, wouldn’t someone with a degree in philosophy make a very decent lawyer? Law is all about arguing, and what better teaches one about how to argue than years of studying arguments and writing essays on [...]
I didn’t really study up on the essay I’m writing right now (it’s due for tomorrow), so I’m falling back on what I know, meaning I’m writing about giant pandas and Stephen Colbert in an essay about whether life in a deterministic world is worth living. Who says that Arts isn’t a real degree?
Here it is, shorn of its footnotes and bibliography, with the paragraph indentation messed up (meaning that you can’t easily tell whether or not I am continuing a paragraph or starting a new one after I quote someone). I’m only going to leave it up for a few days because I don’t want people ripping [...]keep looking »