The Politics of Restraining Order

A lot has been said about how authorities coddle Gen Z and Millennials and how this generation has not learned how to tolerate the mildest forms of being offended and being made uncomfortable. I would agree, in part, but the issue is not so much that the adults taught them that they were special andContinue reading “The Politics of Restraining Order”

Is Being Popular Immoral?

                Of course, not, per se. That is not the question I actually seek to answer. A lot of the work I do in disability advocacy, more than the other politics I do, involves fighting the sociology of cliques and even this far into my adulthood, the world is still very high school-esque. The questionContinue reading “Is Being Popular Immoral?”

Ugliness & Moral Perception

                Long in the history of our culture have our monsters been ugly and the heroes who slay them been handsome. While it is a cliched point of ethics that one’s character is mostly separate from one’s exterior, the great question remains to what extent does the average cognitive bias judge, not social acceptability, butContinue reading “Ugliness & Moral Perception”

Metaphorical Cocaine: The Social Effects of Dopamine’s Zombies

Almost everyone who went to my high school hated it and I have written repeatedly as to my own experiences and why I came to hate it. I have analyzed the cognitive biases and insularity of cliques and ingroup/outgroup biases. Yet, possibly, on the most fundamental level the reason why people were so cruel andContinue reading “Metaphorical Cocaine: The Social Effects of Dopamine’s Zombies”

The Death of Eccentricity

Recently, I was reading Jonathan Haidt’s dissertation from 1992 entitled “Should you eat your dog?” A paper that covers an issue very important to many people on the spectrum. It focuses on the morality of harmless offenses that are considered offensive. Now, I will avoid using the term harmless in favor of the word eccentricContinue reading “The Death of Eccentricity”

The Subjectivity of Kindness: Hermeneutics of what Should be Objective

Kindness. While most would agree with the concept, as an ethicist, a psychologist, and a social scientist, the word’s ambiguity is problematic. In practice, anything that can be lawyered to be ultimately, even indirectly, altruistic is argued to be “kind”. When pressed, people will exploit the word’s vagueness to paint themselves in a much betterContinue reading “The Subjectivity of Kindness: Hermeneutics of what Should be Objective”

Rawls’ Liberalism: Logos, Pathos, their Divorce, and their Marriage

It has been a long debate within society on whether emotions or reason should influence more greatly our choices. This is stupid. The imagined conflict is based on the idea that the rational mind has no heart. It is a stereotype that is dangerously influential. It leads to the populist idea that experts are coldContinue reading “Rawls’ Liberalism: Logos, Pathos, their Divorce, and their Marriage”

Should You Get a Face Tattoo? Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Nature of Beauty

                Aesthetics has been a long debated sector of philosophy, yet, it is a difficult one to debate. For one, there is a common belief that beauty is subjective. How can one establish normative rules for something so fluid? Partially, this is a problem about philosophers not doing science. The contemporary philosopher Derek Parfit arguedContinue reading “Should You Get a Face Tattoo? Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Nature of Beauty”

Morality 101: What do Modern People Believe?

Of the spheres to examine in contemporary culture, one of the more fascinating is from where ethics are derived and what those ethics are. In the bio section of my website, I succinctly spell out that I am first a virtue ethicist, second, a deontologist, and third, a utilitarian. Aristotle, then Kant, then Mill. IfContinue reading “Morality 101: What do Modern People Believe?”