My goal for 2021: Rest

After an incredibly stressful 2020 (for non-COVID reasons, believe it or not!), anticipating an even more stressful semester for Spring 2021, after weeks of poor sleep (I cannot seem to get into Deep Sleep for the life of me), and after the incredibly insane, violent, and horrifying traitorous mob storming the Capitol last week, I…

The real American Experiment

Watching the events of Wednesday, January 6 unfold will forever be one of the defining "shocked" memories of my life as an American citizen. It joins the ranks of 9/11, waking up to the results of the 2016 presidential election, and learning about our country's practice of putting immigrant children in cages and separating them…

OHPT: Thoughts on Islamic Philosophical Theology (Chapter 25)

This was another survey chapter that could easily be it's own book. In fact, considering just how many overlaps there are between Islam and Christianity, I'm even more disappointed that the Oxford Handbook folks chose to over-represent the Christian philosophical theological tradition and way under-represent other equally rich traditions. But. I. Di. Gress. "Islamic Philosophical…

Zoom is the Splenda of human connection

My organization, like many, is 5 months into ???@#$*$#& (eff) months of working remotely. Aka, work is all Zoom all the time. (It's also a tad bit Microsoft Teams, which I'm kind of in love with for collaborative projects! Anyone else?!) Internal meetings, external meetings, trainings, celebrations, pau hanas, performance evaluations, on-boardings, board meetings, caucuses...…

Review: The Gettier Problem

I recently reread one of my favorite papers in philosophy, "Is Justified Belief True Knowledge?" by Edmund Gettier. It's my favorite for two reasons: 1). It challenges a (at the time) long-held definition of what counts as knowledge; and 2). It's 1.5 pages. One and a half pages! Gettier is nothing if not succinct. Any…

I’ve been thinking…

I've been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. Is it possible to feel the emotion of gratitude if there is no person, or even no entity, to be grateful toward? Christians would characterize gratitude as a rightly cultivated feeling towards God. Buddhists encourage the cultivation of gratitude, as well, but Buddhists are not theists. Would…