Examining the anti-Black racism of my chosen spaces

The reality of this American life is that every. single. place has been shaped by anti-black racism. There is no structure, no institution, no system that has not been formed, in part, by white supremacy, by anti-POC bias, by all insidious kinds of racism. It's imperative that we acknowledge how broadly, deeply pervasive white supremacy … Continue reading Examining the anti-Black racism of my chosen spaces

Two arguments against “the end justifies the means”

I recently listened to Dr. Shankar Vedantam interview Dr. Peter Singer on Vedantam's (excellent) podcast, Hidden Brain. Singer is a contemporary utilitarianism, a philosopher of ethics who argues that the right thing to do is that which produces the most amount of happiness (or the least amount of suffering) in the world. On the face … Continue reading Two arguments against “the end justifies the means”

Self-Reflection during COVID-19: tackling the beliefs of anxiety

Even with the craziness and intensity of the current COVID-19 situation, I thought I was fine. Stressed about the state of the world and an uncertain future, sure. Who isn't? But I thought I was handling and processing it all in a good, thorough, "work through it and be able to function normally" kind of … Continue reading Self-Reflection during COVID-19: tackling the beliefs of anxiety

Bound to my word (apparently)

When a person articulates an idea, they are less likely to change their minds because they must first admit that they were initially wrong. Maintaining an erroneous notion, such as a first impression, causes less anxiety than admitting an error and adopting another position.Psychologytoday.com I found a couple things in these two sentences fascinating. 1). … Continue reading Bound to my word (apparently)

Where did consciousness come from?! Two internet people insult each other

There are a lot of questions we have yet to answer and understand, but one of the most fascinating is the origin and function of our own consciousness. Now is an incredibly exciting time to be able to address that question, because of how much we are learning about the physical workings of the brain. … Continue reading Where did consciousness come from?! Two internet people insult each other