Philosophy

A Typical, Everyday Ethical Dilemma

Stop sign for the hearing impaired.

Since I consider myself a bit of an amateur philosopher1 (even if of above average intelligence—that is, above the average intelligence of the average amateur philosopher), today I’d like to introduce you to a hearty helping of good, sound, amateur philosophy. For now, we shall cover just the basics, dear Watson: an everyday scenario that […]

Little Girl Refuses to Have Birthday, Stays Six Years Old

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Suzanne G. Corbett, of Dayton, OH, known to her friends as Suzie, recently refused to have a seventh birthday: I like being six years old, and my mommy says that when I’m seven, I’ll have to be a big girl and won’t be able to eat my mud pies anymore. This is, perhaps, a typical […]

What Everybody Wants

Thoughts on the Meaning of Life from Retro Pop Music I’ve been brushing up on my 80’s and early 90’s music while pondering the meaning of life, and came up with the following: In 1985, Tears For Fears sang “Everybody wants to rule the world.” A couple years later, in 1987, Love and Rockets sang “Everybody […]

Kinds of Zombies

Are you an ardent zombie hunter? Or perhaps a zombie aficionado? Even if your interest in zombies is merely passing and casual, you may still want to know a bit more about them. If so, keep reading. Now, once you get past the beginner (or kindergarten) stage of zombie knowledge, the first thing you ought […]

This Is Nothing

This Is Nothing

I feel compelled to write a reply to the recent post by Hilaire Belloc on nothing at all, which was so aptly titled. While I dare say it is one of our best-written articles of late—and it certainly gets to the essence of nothing—I do think it is missing something. So I begin with a […]

Toilet Troubles

A strange toilet situation.

Yesterday afternoon, I came home to find my toilet out of place. It was still in the bathroom, but not where I had left it. It was turned around backwards, off the drainage flange, scooted up close to the bath tub as if it were getting ready to draw a warm bath. Rather than jumping […]

Gender Controversy at ‘Muggle’ Quidditch World Cup

At the North-East U.S. Quidditch Regional Finals last month, the Montpelier (VT) Marauders set off an international controversy by fielding 7 players who, to look at them, all seemed to be male, each one claiming to be of a different ‘gender’. “A little strange,” you might think, “but hardly major sports news, even for quidditch […]

Heraclitus in the Digital Age

The Pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus is known especially for his statement that Πάντα ῥεῖ, that all things flow. This has been taken to indicate the ever-changing nature of reality, with the consequence that our words, necessarily static and unchanging, cannot adequately correspond to things as they really are. One of Heraclitus’s disciples, Cratylus, made the logical […]

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