In the mid 17th century, French polymath Blaise Pascal wrote a bit of theological logic commonly known as “The Wager”. In his wager, Pascal presents the reader with a table outlining the possibilities of religious belief: God exists God does not exist You believe and live according to Christianity Infinite gain (eternity in Heaven) +Continue reading “Pascal’s Vote: Why You May As Well Cast a Ballot”
Dear reader, I hope you will pardon this deviation from my normal ramblings. I am sad to write that my mother passed away unexpectedly at the beginning of this month, and this eulogy is the piece of writing that commanded most of my attention since then. I read this before friends and family at myContinue reading “A Eulogy”
In 1939, Billie Holiday sang “Strange Fruit” for the first time at a cafe in New York City. More recently, the young adult book and film series The Hunger Games released its own haunting song, “Hanging Tree”. Both songs tell of oppression, of violence. One tells the true story of a people oppressed at theContinue reading “Dystopia: Centering Whiteness”
In AMC’s post-apocalyptic epic, The Walking Dead (TWD), the viewer is immersed in a thought experiment challenging conventional notions of morality. By presenting the viewer with ethical dilemmas to which there are seemingly no correlative “moral” actions, the show tests commonly held intuitions of what is and what is not ethically permissible. According to theContinue reading “Ethical Considerations and Thought Experiments: Evolving Morality in AMC’s “The Walking Dead””
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