There’s a strange trend, if you can call it a trend. There’s been people who, for whatever reason, claim to be Native American but are not inside of academia. I’ve read about them. Two of them are Ward Churchill and Andrea Smith. I am acquainted with their work, which you can judge for itself. I … Read moreLying About Being Native In Academia: The Cases Of Ward Churchill And Andrea Smith
We live in a fast-paced world. Delivering results quickly is rewarded. Well, friends, I work better slowly. I’m not a paid philosopher–something another unpaid philosopher told me might be more like sophistry when you think about it. But I’ve been doing a bit of philosophy lately here on the blog. I don’t invest time doing … Read moreOn Taking It Slow: My Way Of Doing Philosophy
I have wealth that doesn’t dissipate. I have wealth you cannot take away from me and cannot be depleted. I have a college education. Even though most people who have college degrees tend to make more money than people who don’t (Yup–it’s true!), I don’t want to focus on that. Because focusing on that is … Read moreThe Value Of A College Education
It’s estimated that about 7 million jobs will be lost due to automation over the next 10 years. Many of these jobs are cashier and general retail jobs. Already, Walmart has stores that are completely cashier-free. The savings in having automation is partly what drives these advances. Many people worry about lost jobs. And the … Read moreWhy UBI Should Become A Key Issue For Political Platforms
We expect artificial intelligence (AI) to be smart. We may even expect it to be smarter than us. Technology, after all, has an aura of intelligence around it in general and AI, perhaps, even more so. I want to examine some of the underlying normative aspects applied to AI. In particular, I want to ask: … Read moreSome Normative Reflections on AI
I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory
Stigma–or, rather, discrimination–regarding mental illness is very common. Most people, alas, are unaware of the stereotypes and biases they hold in their head regarding mental illness. I have been an advocate against stigma and discrimination for several years. I’ve seen far too many instances of bias and discrimination. I couldn’t help but be an advocate. … Read moreOn Stigma
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I’ve become laid-back in my old age. I think I’ve also become more receptive to truth. In my quest to treat and think about schizophrenia, for example, I’ve turned in my old, piercing, rigorous mind and exchanged it for a more humble yet adventurous attitude. In the world of academia, we often find disparate conversations … Read moreDoes Finding Truth Require The Right Attitude?
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Stephen Hawking said at Google’s Zeitgeist conference that philosophy is dead. Hawking said that philosophers (who, ironically, developed science) haven’t kept up with recent developments in science. But is this true? There are certainly particular philosophers who haven’t kept up with science relevant to their area. However, there are top philosophers of physics who know … Read morePhilosophy Is Dead! Long Live Philosophy!
Ask anyone who worked with me. I was 100% philosophy, 100% of the time. Effort and study creates genius. And I think I was one. A stable one, too. I was in the middle of my graduate thesis when madness creeped up on me. It began slowly, with things I could handle, like derealization. Then, … Read moreI Was A “Very Stable Genius.” Then I Developed Schizophrenia. Now, I’m An Unstable Genius.
I think one of the most detrimental things one can do is identify with their career. I find so many people who do identify with their career. When they lose a job, when they retire, they lose their sense of identity. When one thinks in terms of oneself as how one sells one’s labor, one … Read moreIdentity And Your Career
According to recent theories, the gut and the brain are constantly communicating. This communication is so important that certain functions attributed to the brain may indeed also depend on the gut. Having solid gut health has become an important topic in many areas, including mental health. And, indeed, gut health may help with higher order … Read moreGut Feelings: Problems For AI May Not Be With The Brain
I have thought about placing my undergraduate thesis online, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. As part of my research for my undergraduate thesis, I re-traced the Trail of Tears. I visited the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and then followed the trail to present-day Oklahoma, visiting the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. After … Read moreRe-Tracing The Trail Of Tears: My Undergraduate Thesis
John Rawls did it the traditional way. In Ancient Greece, often a person had to serve in the military before becoming a philosopher. While the two–philosophy and the military–may seem incompatible, I think they are most compatible. I will argue that, more than things like AI, we need thinking soldiers. John Rawls, of course, became … Read morePhilosopher-Soliders
People use signs, signals, actions and words in order to communicate. In the United States, I’ve been increasingly worried that we are starting to use different languages to communicate with one another. I don’t mean Spanish and English. I mean our whole landscape has become so polarized and many of us live in such information … Read moreA Series Of Misunderstandings: Political Communication In The Contemporary United States
Over the past few months, I have made contact with several experts in AI. This includes programmers and philosophers. I’ve come to these individuals with questions about the future of AI. I initially became interested in AI because of universal basic income theory. Some argue that AI has and will continue to take jobs away … Read moreMy Rose-Colored Glasses: The Future of AI
I recently came across this quote by Queen Victoria: There are segments of society who think people like artists, philosophers, the intelligencia and general freethinkers are dangerous. I won’t argue at length on this point. I personally think that while these people may be creative, innovative and overall hell-raisers, they are not what I would … Read moreYou Should Hire “The Dangerous Ones”
Despite the fact that I have been exhausted for the past couple of weeks, I have, in general, been at peace with myself for several months now. You may not think that a person who fell from grace when they developed schizophrenia would be at peace. But I am. In fact, I’m more at peace … Read moreHow I Learned To Stop Worrying And Be At Peace
I was so happy that Ray Drainville agreed to be interviewed by me at The New Floridian on a very interesting topic: images we use in media. Check it out!
I’m super pleased that Jonathan Matheson agreed to be interviewed by me at The New Floridian on philosophy around Florida. Check it out!
I read a lot this year. Probably too much. I also wrote a lot. Writing is therapeutic for me. One quote I came across this year sums up my position this year–and probably for years to come. It’s from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile: I am not a great philosopher, and I care little to be one. … Read moreQuote of the Year
Recently I wrote a memoir. You can buy it at Amazon.
Interesting article at the Guardian.
I worked on the book Reading Barnard Williams (Routledge Press). I edited the work of Martha Nussbaum and Carol Rovane. The Editor of the whole project, Daniel Callcut, called me “a superb research assistant” in the acknowledgements section of the book. He also gave me a copy of the book, which he inscribed a comment to … Read moreMy Prized Possession
There’s a good article here about the biases we all hold. I mean bias in the psychological sense. I learned a lot about bias as an undergraduate, and tried to root out as many as I could over the years. I can’t say that I’m perfect (who is?), but I think I’ve gotten better. I … Read moreOn Trusting Yourself, Knowing You Are Not Trustworthy
I was thinking about how people strive for things. Aside from basic survival, and other basics of life, most of out strivings are within a context and a culture. For example, I wanted to be a philosopher, and, currently, most philosophers are associated with a university. So I learned the game of the university. I … Read moreOn Striving within a Culture
Everyone’s favorite neuroscientist, Neuroskeptic, comments on an interesting study which involves adoption and schizophrenia. I’ve mentioned that schizophrenia is currently considered a bio-based illness. And I am doing research on the biopsychosocial model, which states that schizophrenia can have multiple causes. But, of course, the biopsychosocial model is not in fashion right now. The research … Read moreNeuroskeptic on Swedish Study
Introduction It seems like a cruel joke. People who are already in disadvantaged positions are, on top of that, vulnerable to brain disorders. Then, the society that produced the disadvantage (poverty, racism, sexism, etc.) stigmatizes the person for having an illness. I want to be transparent here. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I live openly … Read moreJustice at Both Ends: Preventing and Treating Psychotic Disorders through Social Justice
I just received the new edition of Al-Mukhatabat Journal to edit. I will be working on that for the next few days.
Today is World Philosophy Day. The U.N. put out a statement regarding the celebration of this day. I studied philosophy for several years, and still keep active in the field by being on the editorial committee of an academic journal. I remember my first philosophy professor, Dr. Rob Brady, at Stetson. He was a dear … Read moreWorld Philosophy Day
I started researching indigenous studies as an undergraduate. I did my senior thesis on Native American colonization. I developed some great friendships and gained excellent experience. I have written, given lectures, and invited talks on indigenous studies. I am acquainted with top scholars in the area. One of them, Steve Russell, wrote a very interesting … Read moreIndigenous Studies
It’s hard to believe that it was six years ago that I was working on the book Reading Bernard Williams. I was privileged to edit some really great essays, and gain valuable experience in editing and writing. Although the editor, Dr. Daniel Callcut, was kind enough to give me a hard-copy, I bought the e … Read moreSix Years Ago
As many who know me know, I worked in academia for quite some time. In fact, I still do. I am on the editorial committee of an academic journal. But that’s not all. I am also on Academia.edu. This is a great site in which I can follow academic topics I am interested in. I … Read moreAcademia.edu