Author’s Note (6/14/2018):This thesis has cause me a lot of trouble–mostly, I think, at this point, trouble in my own mind. Since writing it I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Even though this thesis is now over 10 years old, it lurks in the back of my mind as one of the most subversive things … Read moreJ. LAWSON THESIS (Stetson University, 2004, Citations Omitted): “The More Freely He Breathes: Colonialism In The United States”
This is my blog. The rest of this website is my e-portfolio. I made it several years ago. You can browse around and see my various, mostly professional, accomplishments. At this point in my life, the portfolio part seems to be a relic of what I once was. Around 2008, I had my first psychotic … Read moreThis Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was
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?
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. However, the New Year coincided with some changes in me. They aren’t resolutions, but they are a general direction I’m taking my life. They range from pretty basic to seemingly difficult. They are as follows: Don’t date assholes. Go to the library more. Create a new idea. I’m doing … Read moreNew Year’s Resolutions
I have a friend with mental illness who thinks that “the powers that be” intentionally shut certain people down by making them go insane. My friend thinks this when my friend is healthy. I want to think a bit about paranoia: its psychological causes. I have delved into the literature on paranoia and psychosis in … Read moreOn Paranoia: A Brief Reflection
I care about truth. That’s truth with a lower-case ‘t’. I care about it a lot, honestly, which is why I’m concerned that some people have begun to make an idol out of Truth (with a capital T). During the linguistic turn in philosophy, we learned a lot can be gleaned from looking at how … Read moreMaking An Idol Out Of Truth
Back when I was a TA, I got really, really good at thinking on my feet. Super good. Time has worn on and I find myself preferring slow deliberation these days. I don’t think this is a sign of lacking intelligence, either. I think of it as both gaining intelligence and wisdom. We tend to … Read moreSlow And Steady Wins The Race?
Here’s a really good article on William James and pragmatism. An excerpt: In a world of chance and incomplete information, James insisted that truth was elusive but action mandatory. The answer: Make a decision and see if it works. Try a belief and see if your life improves. Don’t depend on logic and reason alone, … Read more“The Thinker Who Believed in Doing”
You’ve probably heard about the growing trend in Russia (and other places) for pregnant mothers to give birth to their children in America. This is, of course, not a very new idea. Some see it as exploiting a loophole. These folks ask: what can be done? Well, there’s several possibilities. Here’s a few: Do nothing. … Read moreOn Citizenship: The Problem With Birth Tourism
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
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
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
Today, at a small bookstore in DeLand, Florida, located in the philosophy section, I found what appears to be a wonderful Christmas present for the current president.
Last week, I was in therapy and the topic of more daily tasks for me to do came up. After reviewing my past year, I think I’ve remained pretty busy! For example, in the past year, I was: -Involved with NoDAPL and received a letter from President Obama on the matter. -In regards to NoDAPL, … Read moreReview of the Past Year
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
Great article at the Atlantic.
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
Here’s a good article about how creativity–and the arts–can help people with mental illness (and other disabilities).
Perhaps I shouldn’t say “favorite.” Maybe a philosopher you’ve spent a lot of time reading. I have to say that the philosopher I spent most time reading and trying to understand is Kierkegaard. I don’t want to get into politics or religion here necessarily, but there’s no way to really understand Kierkegaard without understanding Christianity. … Read moreDo You Have a Favorite Philosopher?
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 was extremely lucky to have had a great undergraduate thesis advisor. She allowed me to pursue my passion in indigenous studies. I got an A on my project, and, when I graduated, she gave me a gift. I drink a lot of tea and coffee. Luckily, she gave me a beautiful cup.
I am currently on the editorial committee of Al-Mukhatabat Journal. This quarter’s edition was recently released. I edited the English entries in the journal, including the work of Hilary Putnam, and Colin McGuinn.
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