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Righting All Wrongs: There’s No Single Way To Do It.

May 21, 2012

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In the face of a wrong, shortcoming, failure, or problem, there really are only three plausible responses. Pretend the wrong doesn’t exist. Address it indirectly. Address it directly. While it’s tempting to claim that, in every instance of wrong, one should always and only respond in one way, in fact, any of the three responses […]

A Mammalian Theory of Truth.

April 11, 2011

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I’ve noticed: when people like each other, we tend to call attention to our similarities. “You and I, we’re the same” seems to be the most important and highest compliment and it is closely followed by, “we have the same friends in common.” It occurred to me yesterday that correspondence theories of truth are a […]

Bob Is Wrong! You Aren’t Necessarily Going To Have to Serve Somebody!

May 28, 2010

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Let me apologize in advance. Philosophy, like the clap, flares up when I least expect it. Question: Is it true, as Bob Dylan claims, that you’re going to have to serve somebody? I’m not sure what Bob means exactly by “to serve somebody” but I will define it as “to comply with the commands or […]

If All The World’s A Stage, Why Bother With A Stage?

May 6, 2009

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As an actor, writer, and director, I have the utmost confidence in my ability to coordinate events on a stage to generate results which a given target market will enjoy and find fulfilling (especially, if I have the right people to work with and sufficient time to do the work). As a result, there is […]

The Ecstasy of Being’s Lightness: Concerning Milan Kundera, Ludwig Feuerbach, and Weakling Smurf.

February 11, 2009

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I am a huge fan of Milan Kundera’s novels and essays. He writes the kind of book that I read straight through in a single sitting and then immediately re-read once I’ve finished. His writing, his ideas, his story-telling — even in translation — move me like no other. On more than one occasion his […]

Sunday, A Day Well-Spent Re-Branding Myself

January 19, 2009

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Yesterday, most of my time was devoted to re-branding myself — that is, re-vamping my CV. It was surprisingly fun, I think, because it didn’t take too much squinting, tweaking, or twisting to completely re-characterize my life’s experience right before my eyes. I should probably say explicitly that I re-branded myself in good faith. No […]

Prisoner’s Dilemma, A Play in One Act

December 2, 2008

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Two strangers meet under the most unlikely of circumstances. When Claire and Sarah learn why, against their will, they’ve been brought together, they realize the choice they face is easy, but the dilemma it creates seemingly insurmountable. A contemporary morality play which asks audiences, in an accessible and sometimes lighthearted fashion, to reflect on the […]

The Root of All Squares (Co-written with Sam Varteniuk)

November 29, 2008

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Two men enter, STAN and WORKER. STAN is carrying a role of black tape. WORKER So I was pointing out irony to Uncle Hoary when a man walks in, leading a fat spaniel and carrying a birdcage. STAN stops, tapes a square approximately two feet square on the ground WORKER Why did you tape a […]

What should I do with my life? A plausible answer.

November 26, 2008

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Poverty is one of the primary causes of suffering. So, 1) I will pursue an end which allows me to accumulate wealth and I will transfer some of it to a person living in poverty and/or to a person or organization working to eliminate poverty. The end I pursue will not itself directly contribute to […]

Art and Society’s Change

November 26, 2008

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To characterize the affects and effects of persons as the affects and effects of art is an old and easy error that distracts persons from some basic facts: a person or persons, employing a variety of tools, sometimes can predictably affect their environment; a tool is a tool only because persons use it to affect […]

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