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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…

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The First Heavy Metal President

The world has elected its first heavy metal president, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo—a man who proudly turns it up to 11 when playing Metallica. Some may see this as the end of the world as we know it, but I feel fine about the prospects of a headbanger in chief. Despite misperceptions, metal has had an…

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Philosophy

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Philosophy Let’s do the time warp again— By Jeffery L. Nicholas   The Rocky Horror Picture Show is almost—almost—indescribable, unclassifiable. RHPS will celebrate its 40th birthday next year.  After having a rough start, RHPS quickly developed cult status, and many of us, I am sure, have attended at least…

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24 and Philosophy

24 and Philosophy Jack Bauer and Margot Al-Harazi on “What Must Be Done” by Chandler Brett 24: Live Another Day revives the formulas that made the first seasons of the show successful, yet the writers have placed these familiar themes in new contexts, keeping the story thrilling and thought-provoking, despite some predictability. One of the…

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The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Philosophy

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Philosophy: How Minnie Mouse Refutes Marxism by Jason Brennan Can the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, a CGI-animated children’s s show, settle the debate between capitalists and socialists, once and for all? The great Marxist philosopher Gerald Cohen, in his recent book Why Not Socialism?, argues most of us are already committed…

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Scandal and Philosophy

By William Irwin I’ve just finished binge-watching 3 seasons of Scandal. It’s the most addictive show I’ve seen in a long time, even more addictive than House of Cards. But whereas House of Cards is perfect for an “and Philosophy” book, Scandal is not. At least, I don’t think it is. House of Cards is outrageous,…

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Wheel of Time and Philosophy

Wheel of Time and Philosophy How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Originality and Love Robert Jordan Jacob M. Held Roughly six years ago, a friend of mine asked if I was familiar with the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I wasn’t, but I was informed by others that I should be. “Jake,…