Russian Doll, Fate, and Stoic Acceptance

Russian Doll, Fate, and Stoic Acceptance RK Taylor   The Netflix original series Russian Doll tells the story of Nadia, a video game programmer who repeatedly dies through a hodgepodge of unfortunate and inevitable circumstances. After each death, she wakes anew at the same point in spacetime: a bathroom during the night of her 36th birthday. After her…

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…