Bernard Williams, one of my favorite philosophers, is not well known outside philosophical circles. Inside them, he’s mostly known as an ethicist and moral philosopher, although properly speaking he was not a philosopher at all but a classicist, which is different. He didn’t espouse an ethical theory and in fact was skeptical one was possible — which of course didn’t stop him from looking. I … Continue reading The Ridiculousness of Forever: on immortal characters
The eminent neuroscientist, Jaak Panskepp, pioneered the study of emotion in mammals. He is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He discovered that all mammals, including humans, share the same seven emotional pathways, commonly identified as: fear, care, lust, rage, panic/grief, seeking, and play. These are not vague “predispositions” teased from … Continue reading Do Popular Genres Map to the Seven Emotional Pathways of the Mammalian Brain?
Most of us have had the experience, probably quite recently, of scrolling through literally hundreds of movies on Netflix and not being able to find a single thing. Last night I ended up switching to my cable company’s On Demand section and still came up empty. But then something interesting happened. On social media, a friend posted about an old B-movie he was watching, a … Continue reading Why is there nothing to watch?
It’s not a secret. But it’s not something I bring up regularly either. I suppose I was a victim, although I don’t think of myself that way, at least not anymore. All of it — the sickness, the lies, the abuse — have become no less than, but also no more than, the pivot of my life so far, the fulcrum around which everything else … Continue reading I wanna talk about the dissolution of my marriage