Unreal city: a black hole of dazzling light

April 8, 2019

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I now live in Toronto, a city as unreal as Eliot’s.

Posted in: Identity, Unreal city

My own private iconoclasm: making the word flesh once and for all

December 22, 2018

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I am tempted to be troubled by the non-divine nature of reading, writing and thinking, to characterize it as a problem, and to draw some profound conclusion, but I’ve been down that path too many times before to make the same mistake again.

Posted in: Philosophy, Writing

The rise and fall of social media: a swift and familiar tale

November 9, 2018

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Social media, it now seems to me, was one more stage upon which we could strut and fret our way through this familiar tale.

Avoid stony indifference: prime your audiences directly

October 13, 2018

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A well-crafted message is only a message if people are ready to receive it and understand it.

Posted in: communication

The alpha and omega of our humanity: an all-too-familiar trope

August 19, 2018

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We are our most human, it seems, when we treat the given as something to be looked through and dismissed. We are also our most unhappy when we fail to appreciate what we are experiencing in the moment.

Posted in: Philosophy

One more exorcism: there is no force in reason

August 18, 2018

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Our beliefs certainly do change but there is no reason to believe that reasoning, logic or argument forces us to do it.

Posted in: Philosophy, Thinking

My last word on political philosophy (hopefully): chase no more

July 6, 2018

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I see now that I was chasing a chimera, a wild goose, and a dragon all in one.