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Where Does Morality Reside?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This is a short paper I wrote for an ethics class. ————————————————————— Humans are born into a difficult situation.  We all want live happy, fulfilled, joyful lives, with depth and richness in our experiences, but we all know that life often does not go the way we would like it to.  This is because human […]

Earthly Utopias

Monday, January 11th, 2016

What happens when you create a utopia on Earth?  We can’t do this for humans, but we have the power to do this for a small subset of animals.  What will happens when we do? Dr. Calhoun (see video below), and American ethologist in the 1950s, built a perfect utopia for mice.  It was a […]

Neuroaesthetics and Neurological Theories Of Beauty

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

This is a paper I wrote for my neuroscience class and I thought it’s worth sharing on my blog.  I’ve been studying beauty for a while now and I tried to do a quick overview of a lot of the research which is taking place today, placing it in all in a larger context.  However, […]

Reflections On Beauty

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Beauty is a strange thing.  I’ve often wondered why human brains are so concerned with it.  There was an old song I loved as a teenager by the band Counting Crows called Mr. Jones.  In it they sing, “I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this yellow-haired girl Mr. Jones strikes up a […]

Reacting To A Meaningless World

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The other day I went for a long walk.  The city where I live has a large series of bike trails, running all over town, and I decided to walk along them, for miles and miles.  As the hot July sun beamed down on me, I found myself sweating profusely, I was very hot, and […]

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