Category Archives: Richard Cocks

Medicine by Gustav Klimt

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

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…

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…

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…

Ken Wilber’s Integrative Vision: Why We Need It

Ken Wilber’s genius is in identifying aspects of positions that are worth preserving while jettisoning the rest while integrating them into an overarching vision. In this way he is a…

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…