How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 6

This is Part 6 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 5: Dr. … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 5

This is Part 5 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 6: Taking Stock and Looking … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 3

This is Part 3 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 2: From Dominance Hierarchy to Prestige Hierarchy Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 5: Dr. Praiselove or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Loathe … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series on prestige competition and its broader contemporary effects. For other parts, click below. Part 1: From Agonistic Behavior to Dominance Hierarchy: An Evolutionary Parable Part 3: From Hierarchy to Egalitarianism to Hierarchy Again Part 4: The Prestige Complex Part 5: Dr. Praiselove or: How I Learned to Start Worrying … Continue reading…

How Prestige Ru[i]ns Our World, Part 1

I want to try something a little different. I’ve written a long piece on social comparison and radicalization in the age of the Internet, one of my central concerns at the moment and the primary reason for resurrecting this blog after several years of inactivity. Instead of dumping the whole thing in one post and … Continue reading…

On (some of) Tuvel’s Defense of Transracialism

The professional philosophical community has been in a bit of an uproar lately following the publication in Hypatia of Rebecca Tuvel’s provocative “In Defense of Transracialism” (paywalled content, but the abstract is available). Daily Nous has a not-exactly-unopinionated write-up of the controversy here. I’ll avoid comment on the kerfuffle for now, but I do want … Continue reading…

More-dan Peterson: Video and Additional Comments

This title is bad and I should feel bad. …anyway, Jordan Peterson has now posted the video of his UWO talk: Helluva clickbait-y title for a talk that proceeded without disruption or protest. Really makes you think you’re in for a repeat of McMaster. Two quick further thoughts: (1). At around 12:15, he begins his … Continue reading…

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…