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Continuum and Philosophy

Continuum and Philosophy The Lessons of Time Travel By Roger Hunt   I’m willing to throw it out there that the TV show Continuum, if as successful a program as it should be, will affect our understanding of the lessons of time travel at the level of HG Wells’ The Time Machine and Spielberg’s Back…

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The Aesthetics of Punk Rock – By Jesse Prinz

We thought our readers might like to read this awesome Philosophy Compass article from Jesse Prinz on The Aesthetics of Punk Rock. the article has been made free to read until the end of this year. Enjoy! Prinz, J. (2014), The Aesthetics of Punk Rock. Philosophy Compass, 9: 583–593. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12145   You might also like: View the complete…

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Minecraft and Philosophy

Minecraft and Philosophy Kierkegaard Would Play Hardcore Mode by Ian Schnee   Diamonds Aren’t Forever Minecraft is a building game: you place blocks, pistons, stairs, and electric wire to construct anything imaginable, from Gothic fortresses to carnival rollercoasters.  In creative mode you have unlimited access to building materials, but in survival mode the player has…

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Guardians of the Galaxy and Philosophy

Guardians of the Galaxy and Philosophy “We are Groot! Jeffery L. Nicholas   Guardians of the Galaxy! What a film. Packed with action, story, special effects, humor, and a walking, talking tree. Much press release and on-line babble treated GotG as another super-hero movie, but I think the movie makes clear that, it’s, not a…

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League of Legends and Philosophy

  League of Legends and Philosophy Can a Videogame Be a Sport? Roger Hunt   Ever since the day when Plato was a wrestler (for realz!) people of philosophical persuasion have been thinking about what counts as a “sport.” The underlying assumption is that a sport requires a kind of physical exertion, tempered by moderation,…

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Louis C.K. and Philosophy

Louis C.K. and Philosophy Calling Us on our Cognitive Dissonance Roben Torosyan  Cognitive dissonance is always triggered by blatant evidence that you are not as beneficent and effective as you would like people to think. The urge to reduce it is the urge to get your self-serving story straight. (Pinker, 2009, p. 423) Most of…