Guardians of the Borderlands

Guardians of the Borderlands   Figure 1: Borderlands Gameplay By Brandon Packard One of the many endearing qualities of Borderlands is the diverse plethora of inhabitants on Pandora and its moon: everything from the dog-like skags to the aptly (albeit it literally) named spiderants.  Of all the different species, I would argue that the Guardians…

The Reality of Sex Education

  The Reality of Sex Education By Edwardo Pérez For most of us, sex education didn’t happen in the school classroom, where embarrassed teachers showed us “educational” films and demonstrated certain things with clinical visual aids (if a condom-laced cucumber counts as clinical). Nor did we learn anything from our parents, who tried their best…

Nietzsche and Slipknot Challenge You to All-Out Life

Nietzsche and Slipknot Challenge You to All-Out Life Ashley L. Whitaker, Ph.D. In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche introduces a blueprint of human spiritual transformation in the form of his allegory of the three metamorphoses, depicting a transition from camel to lion to child. Humans must begin like the submissive camel, weighed down with a heavy load of tradition, our…

The 100 and the Problem of Evil

The 100 and the Problem of Evil By Edwardo Pérez One of the interesting narrative dilemmas for post-apocalyptic fiction is deciding what happens after the world is destroyed. How does society get rebuilt? What does that society value? What are its morals, beliefs, religions, and laws? Of course, not many such stories really show this.…

Rick Sanchez as Educator

Rick Sanchez as Educator By Justin Kitchen Rick and Morty is a sci-fi animated series shown during Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block. In it, Rick Sanchez frequently pulls his grandson, Morty, out of school to accompany him on intergalactic and interdimensional adventures. Though his father, Jerry, often protests Morty’s being taken out of class…