Philosophy

The language of love

Today is February 14, otherwise known as Valentine's Day. Regardless of its origins and history, we tend to regard today as a celebration of love, predominately romantic love. Given that this entire blog is dedicated to existentialism and philosophical ideals, it seems relevant to quote the ingenious words of Haddaway and ask – What is… Continue reading The language of love

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Enough of the ‘STEM’ obsession: We need more philosophers

This post is in reference to an article I recently read. The world is based on differences of opinion. What matters most is not what you think, but how you think. At the core of its practice, wonder is the beginning of philosophy; the questioning of what it means to be human, and the critical… Continue reading Enough of the ‘STEM’ obsession: We need more philosophers

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Everything has been figured out except how to live

The title of this blog were words famously spoken by the French Existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre. What Sartre was alluding to is something similar to what author John Horgan points out in his controversial 1996 book 'The end of Science'.  Horgan argues that science, in the last 50 years, has figured all there is to figure out,… Continue reading Everything has been figured out except how to live

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Feminism: an issue for both genders

This week, the Harvey Weinstein scandal made headlines; prompting discussions about male power and feminism in Hollywood. Of course, the issue is much broader than just Weinstein, as abuse of power by any person in a position of authority comes as no surprise.  But what is it specifically about sexual harassment that stokes the fire… Continue reading Feminism: an issue for both genders

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Paradoxes of the artificial: learning from the past to predict a future whilst misinterpreting the present

Hear my words, humanity is the awkward pubescent phase between animal and machine – Netjester AI Bot (2011) The University of Sydney recently posed the following essay dilemma to its students:  'Big data' is not just more or different information but constitutes a revolution in the production of knowledge: algorithms and 'machine learning' are generating… Continue reading Paradoxes of the artificial: learning from the past to predict a future whilst misinterpreting the present

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Is the progression of technology a paradox for our demise?

The philosopher Marshall McLuhan once claimed that: The most human thing about us is our technology Our cities can be viewed as extensions of our physical body, our electronic networks such as telephones, radio and television as extensions of our nervous system, and the computer can be seen as an extension of our cognitive functioning.… Continue reading Is the progression of technology a paradox for our demise?