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University as an Intellectual Asylum
5 months ago

University as an Intellectual Asylum

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Asylum today means both sanctuary from violence or oppression, but also a place of incarceration. The term originates from ancient Greek, where solun meant seizure, so asolun meant freedom from …
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Universal Resurrection
5 months ago

Universal Resurrection

We hear a lot about Elon Musk’s extravagant attempts to break out of the confines of the earth; we hear a lot about the remarkable advances in artificial intelligence and …
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Consent is not a Contract
5 months ago

Consent is not a Contract

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Contracts may require consent, but is consent a form of contract? From current informed medical consent policies to affirmative sexual consent polices, consent is being treated, explicitly or implicitly, as …
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Teledildonics and Transhumanism
5 months ago

Teledildonics and Transhumanism

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The word ‘teledildonics’ has been around at least since 1990. And it remains current, even if the phenomenon it names is sometimes also called sex with robots. The theme was …
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Amazonian Poems
6 months ago

Amazonian Poems

 

AMAZONIAN POEMS

 

Table

The table often dreams of having been an animal.

But if it had been an animal, it would not be a table.

If it had …
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The Globalization of Hate
6 months ago

The Globalization of Hate

The German philosopher Ernst Cassirer has defined man as an animal symbolicum. For, unique among living beings, “he has so enveloped himself in linguistic forms, in artistic images, in mythical …
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Is Ours a Post-Utopia World?
6 months ago

Is Ours a Post-Utopia World?

It is five hundred years since Thomas More published his book Utopia in Leuven, Belgium, under the patronage of his fellow humanist Erasmus. The text is a fictional account of …
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Redemption Rodeo
6 months ago

Redemption Rodeo

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The price of admission is $20, but my mouse hovers over the Check Out button with a tinge of trepidation. My reluctance? To give money to an institution that forces …
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The Con Artistry of the Deal: Trump, the Reality-TV President
7 months ago

The Con Artistry of the Deal: Trump, the Reality-TV President

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Four days prior to the US presidential elections, I read Trump’s The Art of the Deal—a manual for con artists and, as it turned out, an updated version of Machiavelli’s …
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Exasperated Societies
7 months ago

Exasperated Societies

I do not believe that I am exaggerating if I say that we are living in exasperated societies. For reasons that are clear in some instances and less reasonable in …
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