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The Road Not Taken and Motorcycling

It is one of the most recognized poems in the English language, and one of the most misused. Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is not simply the paean to individuality as most of us interpret it to be. It is … Continue reading

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We created the refugees. We need to take responsibility

There are many people in western nations who are against providing refuge for the millions of displaced people primarily citing fears for our safety. These fears are being spread largely byright wing politicians and media, even those who from refugee … Continue reading

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We start to die from the moment we are born

Life begins and life ends. In between, death happens, a little bit at a time. Of course, we could see these small deaths as growth, but that’s only a matter of perspective.

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We all have our own ideas about what constitutes the state we call ‘happiness’. In philosophy, there are two senses of the term. One uses ‘happiness’ as a value term, roughly synonymous with well-being or flourishing. The other body of … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Things Past

Remembrance of Things Past: sometimes a tabula rasa, sometimes a palimpsest. Impermanent, transient and always malleable. The only thing we can know with certainty about the past is that others will not have the  same memories or the same understanding … Continue reading

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Nihilism on the Playground

Nihilism is the philosophical doctrine suggesting the negation of one or more putatively meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. … Continue reading

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Words and perspective

Existentialism deals with such themes as dread, boredom, alienation, the absurd, freedom, commitment,and nothingness. The term is associated with some recent well knows philosophers: Jean Paul Sartre, Fredrick Nietzsche, Albert Camus, and Martin Heidegger, among others. An existential crisis is … Continue reading

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The Neuroethicist Strikes Again

A relatively new field is that of Neuroethics in which people attempt to discuss ethical responsibility in light of discoveries in neuroscience that question traditional concepts of Free Will, whatever they are. The National Core for Neuroethics at UBC attempts … Continue reading

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St. Anselm’s Ontological Argument

Anselm (c.1033–21 April 1109), Archbishop of Canterbury was an extremely political cleric at a time of conflict between the Vatican and the rulers of Europe. The investiture controversy was essentially the fight over control of appointments, or investitures, of church … Continue reading

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The cost of being right

I like to think of myself as someone who can change my mind on a topic once I am presented with new knowledge. However, I also know that in most cases my beliefs and opinions are very difficult to shake, … Continue reading

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