For many people, the main appeal of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” movies is the “Jedi Way,” the philosophy/religion that guides the mystical Jedi knights. But where does this philosophy come from, and does it hold up under scrutiny?
It’s rare for me to do an opinion piece, and I’m in dangerous waters on this one –tackling one of America’s most explosive issues with a position guaranteed to anger everyone. Nevertheless, I feel this[…]
The “God of the Gaps” argument –that God is the explanation for all the things we don’t (yet) understand –is more popular among atheists than believers, because of its apparent weaknesses. Yet is it as[…]
This week, I’m showcasing the ever-righteous Jason Chu dropping a little knowledge on the hot button topic of “illegal immigration.”
As some of you know, I’m a huge, long-time fan of Japanese surrealist novelist Haruki Murakami, even having written a well-known parody of his work. Check out my review of his latest over at Partially[…]
I’m glad to announce I’ve been invited to write for The Partially Examined Life, a companion blog to the popular philosophy podcast of the same name. This week I took as my topic the question[…]
Before watching the excellent new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, I knew relatively little about celebrated songstress Nina Simone –except that she is held in the highest regard by anyone who knows anything about music.[…]
Please join us for the 4th Annual Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, featuring the best local arts organizations competing head-to-head in the Performing Arts Showcase (this Saturday, August 22nd, 7-9pm, Columbus Performing Arts Center 549 Franklin[…]
"Kierkegaard's Narrative" is an existential humanist plot outline named after the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. In general, it runs as follows: An aimless young man drifts through life, obsessed with aesthetics, and seeking sexual fulfillment with a series of women, yet never making substantive choices or real commitments. The climax of the story is the protagonist's decision to commit to a single woman, and to enter into marriage.
The raw source material for this plotline is found in Kierkegaard's books "Either/Or," "Fear and Trembling," and "Repetition," in which he takes on the persona of various first-person narrators, and describes their experiences.
If there’s one pop culture obsession I truly hate, it’s zombies. I fail entirely to see the appeal of these grotesque, rotting corpses, reanimated into some blasphemous parody of life. The same goes for vampires,[…]