On the Jordan Peterson Thing: Some Observations

A couple days ago, I attended Jordan Peterson’s talk at Western University. For those who don’t yet know who Dr. Peterson is, this will give you enough of the relevant background. I attended this talk for three principal reasons: (1) I wanted to see what would happen. Peterson has attracted, in a very short time, … Continue reading…

Far Right Politics and the Scourge of Honor: Some Lessons from the Afflicted

Confession time: I’m really kind of a jerk. This might surprise many of my newer friends and acquaintances—at least, I hope it does—but the truth is, there’s an awful lot of rage, arrogance, and pettiness in me. I’m quick to anger and oversensitive to signs of disrespect. I hold grudges far longer than even the … Continue reading…

On Moral Buck-Passing

I want to discuss an issue that’s been looming increasingly large for me as of late. It presents, I think, an incredibly thorny problem, and I’d like to workshop some possible solutions or constructive approaches. I’ll be looking at the issue here through the lens of consequentialism. Other moral theories undoubtedly have unique takes on … Continue reading…

The Architecture of Rage

So…a thing happened. Again. A pretty bad thing, by most objective measures, and more bad things are undoubtedly waiting in the wings. We need to talk about it. And we need to do a better job of talking about it than we’ve been doing. In the years since my matriculation in evolutionary psychology, I’ve grown … Continue reading…

Evensong

Find me in the evening —where the dogwood erupts by the tin roof shed —wordless mostly, our fingers latticing, unlatticing, dirtward eyes —then whisper-burst of ruddy warmth —thunder foaming up from a dusky belly of sky— silver tendon threading our lips, then snap! —and laughter ringing down the night’s long throat —I in sudden dereliction, … Continue reading…

The Incoherence of Nonreductive Physicalism

What better topic to inaugurate a blog on the uneasy trysts of science and philosophy than the ever-contentious Philosophical Zombie? I find myself perennially surprised to see otherwise scientifically-minded secularists suddenly throwing up their hands and pleading a sort of “mysterianism” (to borrow Dennett’s term) when discussion turns to the nature of consciousness. Now, it’s … Continue reading…