You’ve somehow made it! The odds that you were to stumble on this blog are exceedingly small, yet I’m thankful that you did. This blog is a collection of my thoughts on philosophical ideas and my attempts to find flaws in them. Occasionally, I write about current events and economics.
In “What is it like to be a bat?”, Thomas Nagel explains: “We can imagine what it might be like to be nocturnal, to have webbing on our arms, to be able to fly, to have poor vision and perceive the world through high frequency sound signals, and to spend our time hanging upside down.”Continue reading “Consciousness, Qualia, Bats”
Introduction: The Function of Art “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,” declared Thomas Merton (Merton). Art not only provides an aesthetic escape in a chaotic world, but breeds lasting personal and intellectual growth in the artist and the viewer. As a source of enjoyment, art lets us revelContinue reading “Can good art make one a better person?”
Introduction What explains the economic prosperity of America, China, and Germany yet the stagnancy of Venezuela, Yemen, and Sudan? Economists have long peddled overarching theories to explain differences in economic growth. Yet economic growth cannot be explained by a single theory, but stems from the interplay of three primary factors: geography, institutions, and luck. WhatContinue reading “Why do some nations develop faster than others?”