Better than we Are

Aristotle was the first (known) philosopher to posit that we can become better people. He thought we could do this by modifying our actions in such a way that acting morally became an unconscious habit, and that we could know what morality was by watching paragons of virtue and imitating them. Now, the interesting things (for today's… Continue reading Better than we Are

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ZOMG ZOMBIES

So, today is going to be a fun post. Last weekend, I was at the Embodiment in Science Fiction and Fantasy conference at McMaster University. I presented a paper that was based off this blog post and it went over really well! I also read some poetry from the other side of my writing life… Continue reading ZOMG ZOMBIES

Living in a Simulation

Last week I talked about some of the interesting ways our paradigms ethical and otherwise, might need to shift given innovations in technology. The Worry But I've had some people ask me, what if there is no paradigm shift? What if we already live in a simulation? For me, this question feels old & stale.… Continue reading Living in a Simulation

Making Philosophy Accessible

Welcome, all. Today's post is going to be a little different from what you're used to, because today I am not going to teach you about philosophy. Instead, I'm going to talk about what philosophers can do to make philosophy accessible to non-academics. Why? Because I think philosophy is important, and because I think the… Continue reading Making Philosophy Accessible

Sci-Fi Syndrome and Government Policy

As some of you may know, I am a huge sf nerd. I say "sf" instead of "sci-fi" because of how much of a huge nerd I am. I think in many ways, sf, or at least the sf I love best is often a good way to do philosophy- and in particular, moral philosophy!… Continue reading Sci-Fi Syndrome and Government Policy

Compatibalism (OR: How to still blame Villains with Bad Childhoods)

It is a common plot. Voldemort turned to forbidden magic because of his Slytherin genealogy, because his mother abandoned him, because he was raised in an orphanage. Anakin became Darth Vader because he wanted to save his wife and child. Oedipus accidentally married his mother and killed his father because he was the victim of… Continue reading Compatibalism (OR: How to still blame Villains with Bad Childhoods)

Transhumanism and the End of Human Dignity

"When we say “the world has ended,” it’s usually a lie, because the planet is just fine." -N.K. Jemesin Spoiler Alert: The world is not ending. Sure, climate change is coming, gay marriage has already happened, there is a child with 3 biological parents. But the world is not ending, at least not immediately, and… Continue reading Transhumanism and the End of Human Dignity

Robot Slaves and the Misnomer of Human Rights

Human Rights. We all have them. We think they are important. We wage battles in court, in the public sphere, even in our personal lives because of how passionately we feel about these things that we believe are intrinsic privileges we should have on the basis of our humanness. But is it our humanness that… Continue reading Robot Slaves and the Misnomer of Human Rights