Damage Done: Philosophy, Medicine, And The Preventable Harm We Do

Medicine by Gustav Klimt

Between 1900 and 1907 Gustav Klimt painted the ceiling of the University of Vienna’s Great Hall. A triptych: one of the paintings was titled “Medicine.” However, in contrast to the popular contemporary image of the science – as one that has helped us to live longer and healthier lives – Klimt’s painting places the skeletal […]

Nietzsche: Allure and Misunderstanding on the Left and Right

Friedrich Nietzsche says many true things and many outlandishly immoral things. There’s clearly a religious and philosophical earnestness underlying many of the things he says, despite a superficial jokey cynicism. Reading Nietzsche inevitably raises the question – what is this person up to? He’s clearly up to something, but what? He attacks slave morality, but master […]

Will Computers Ever be Conscious?

At first glance, imagining that one can answer this question seems highly hubristic. Who knows? I’m certainly interested in the notion of humanoid robots. Perhaps one can even ask, who isn’t? I enjoy the character of Data in Star Trek Next Generation, but mostly for the same reasons as the writers of the show – […]

Free higher education in the USA: why it’s long overdue

I once had a friend who thought it was fine to scream at and abuse her employees. Her reasoning was that her employees would of course understand that they were free to scream back. I pointed out that she was ignoring the economic reality of the situation, namely that she could fire her employees but […]