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‘We Are All Clowns’ – A Defense of Joker
2 days ago

‘We Are All Clowns’ – A Defense of Joker

Several critics – they are far too many to cite here – have accused Todd Phillips’ film Joker (2019) of glorifying white male victimhood. They seemed convinced that this was …
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Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
1 week ago

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

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Donald Trump calls the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a “humanitarian crisis.” He is right, but for the wrong reasons. It is not a crisis in terms of the number …
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The Fall That Makes Us Like God, Part II
2 weeks ago

The Fall That Makes Us Like God, Part II

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As we have already seen, (some) proponents of Singularity read it in a Hegelian way, as the final reconciliation between mind and reality, as the healing of the wound of …
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The Fall That Makes Us Like God, Part I
3 weeks ago

The Fall That Makes Us Like God, Part I

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Singularity cannot keep its theological promise to redeem us from the Fall. It may so happen that in post-humanity we will move into another dimension, in which we will no …
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None Dare Call It Fascism
1 month ago

None Dare Call It Fascism

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Comparisons to Hitler are always unwarranted—except when they are warranted.

The movement from democracy to fascism requires a series of institutional transformations that involve a corresponding psychological transformation.  “Only connect,” …
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The Great Slumber… and Then There Were None
1 month ago

The Great Slumber… and Then There Were None

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2019. It has been quite a year of environmental wreckage and we are not done yet. September opened with Category 5 Hurricane Dorian flattening the Bahamas. The low lying topography …
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The Newest New Nativism
1 month ago

The Newest New Nativism

In September of 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered his famous Atlanta Compromise speech heralding self-reliance, industrial education, and social segregation, and the black press immediately hailed him as the first …
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Would You Want a Brand to Be Your Friend?
2 months ago

Would You Want a Brand to Be Your Friend?

“Brands that succeed will need to act like humans.” This is how one advertising executive summed up the current stage in the evolution of marketing. In particular, brands will seek …
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Jean Vanier and an Ethics of Tenderness
2 months ago

Jean Vanier and an Ethics of Tenderness

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In 1964, after a visit to an institution in France where disabled men were kept locked up, Jean Vanier (1928-2019) gave up teaching philosophy at the University of Toronto and …
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Resisting the ‘Philosophical Policemen’
2 months ago

Resisting the ‘Philosophical Policemen’

British philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously said that the European philosophical tradition “consists of a series of footnotes to Plato”. It is not surprising that an attack on European/Western philosophy …
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