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Perhaps due to the unprecedented nature of this year, the recent downtime on Google’s services gave me a disproportionately ominous feeling of foreboding. The end times of 2020 had already seen the rise of two horsemen in the form of literal plague and social war, and it looked like the next one up was famine — a famine of information. With my brain being severed from its preferred technological extension, I took to Twitter in an attempt to ascertain what was going on.

What I expected to be a general expression of surprise and irritation turned out to be peppered…

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There are few more profoundly liberating activities, in my experience at least, than listening to the work of — or discussions with — prominent intellectuals. I realize the term intellectual is a little vague and has some unsavory connotations, but I am referring here to people who have become subject experts in a particular field of inquiry and are able to articulate their knowledge in a digestible format — professors, writers and the like.

I recently departed from my long established diet of lectures, interviews, popular science audiobooks and academic podcasts to venture down the dark, yet oddly alluring alleyways…

The modern obsession with moral outrage.

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I find myself consciously avoiding any opinion pieces on BLM stemming from white writers. This is not to say that all black opinions are reasonable or that all those of whites are unreasonable, but that certainly does seem to be a trend from my experience so far. I think this stems largely from black people being motivated by a desire for change, whereas many whites seem much more motivated by pumping up their own sense of self-worth.

The main reason that I feel this way is that many white written opinion pieces on the matter are like corner-store pies, filled…

The current furor surrounding policing could be an opportunity to rebuild justice from the ground up.

Blind Justice — The Nation (Nation.com.pk)

The current climate of anger and frustration at policing, in the US particularly, has created some drive towards creating better systems. A worrying amount of this energy seems to be geared primarily towards defunding police for the purposes of punishment, something which could well back-fire if not done with a more constructive mindset and intention. A lot of meaningful discussion has however been taking place towards valuable alternatives and improvements to the policing system.

Community uplift projects are critical towards reducing criminal behavior, and…

Politics is a broken tool which obscures the true goals of society.

The Destruction of Leviathan by Gustave Doré (1865)

We often take the idea of living in a controlled society, full of rules and structures, for granted. We were born into this and have never experienced anything else. However, deep down we all know that this is nothing but a fabrication of our collection imagination. If we all agreed to it, we could return to a state of true freedom and anarchy — a life solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

One reason why we so rarely question this state of affairs is that the overly theoretical…

The modern world has a lot to learn from 2000+ year old teachings.

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I am not a religious person. That is not to say that I have anything against organised religion. On the contrary, I feel that it can be liberating and hopeful for people who use it properly. It’s just that I’m not convinced by the logical arguments in favor of any religion, or of religion in general. I do however find religion a very interesting concept. Its ubiquity in our species suggests that it is a very fundamental part of our psychology.

Of all major religions, the one…

Our insistence on passing moral judgement on people and actions hinders progress.

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A well known Bible story tells of how God cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, a paradise, as punishment for disobeying his command not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I can’t remember all of the specifics of the story, such as whether the knowledge of good and evil was a problem or just the disobedience. I also can’t remember how much detail was given on the nature of the knowledge that they gained, but I’m guessing that…

Remaining moderate on any standpoint seems to be a growing impossibility.

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I remember my dismay at hearing one of my university professors smugly proclaiming that the second law of thermodynamics, that entropy always increases over time, was the ultimate knock-out blow to the wave of relativism sweeping through the public consciousness. While I wish that my unease at this statement was brought on by its logical flaws, that sadly wasn’t the true cause. The ideal version of myself would have noted that the the thermodynamic arrow of time moves in its direction because of the cosmological arrow and thus informed…

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I’ve grown used to hearing that a major problem with my generation is that we have not been through war. My initial reaction was one of horror at the suggestion that people slaughtering each other for the sake of made up concepts such as state or identity is a necessary part of a becoming a decent human being. As I have begun to grow older I have gradually and somewhat begrudgingly come to see a glimmer of truth in those statements. While I don’t have any particular opinion either way about what this statement is usually meant to convey (that…

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