As a quick refresher, the 36 Stratagems are a collection of Chinese warfare tactics, and my goal within this series is to apply them to a university setting. Continue reading The 36 Stratagems: Attack
I believe these criteria are sufficient to condemn chiropractic as a pseudoscience, but before we examine the practice under Thagard’s principle of demarcation, it is necessary to give a brief synopsis of the history and ideas behind chiropractic. Continue reading Chiropractic: Science or Pseudoscience?
Michel Foucault encourages us to see past the optimistic smugness about the present and suggests that we should reconsider the past in order to find ways of thinking and doing things that might, perhaps, be more effective than how they are now. Continue reading The Life and Philosophy of Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
The way we view the world is subjective. Everything I experience is inextricably linked to my past experiences and how I have interpreted these experiences. The only tools that I have to interpret my surroundings are my senses and my mind. But how can I be sure that what I see, touch, hear, smell, or taste is really there? Continue reading A Brief Introduction to Solipsism
As a society, we generally admire people who exhibit traits of fearlessness, be they firefighters rescuing people from burning buildings, or soldiers with medals received for remaining strong in the face of conflict. To fear is to be weak, we seem to understand, yet is it truly a sign of weakness? Or is it something we should be consider more deeply, especially during this season of haunted houses, ghosts, and other frightening things? Continue reading Fearless
Epicurus was a Hellenistic philosopher from the 3rd century B.C. who believed himself to have discovered the formula for true happiness. Although most of the three hundred books Epicurus wrote have long been lost, fragments of his writings still remain. From these few surviving words, we can attempt to understand his philosophy. While he may have lived more than two thousand years ago, his ideas could still be applicable in the world we live in today. Continue reading The Garden of Epicurus: Our Perennial Search for Happiness