Are Planet Rights Different Than Human Rights?

The protected Cathedral Grove, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Sang Trinh/Flickr (Creative Commons) An interesting article over on aeon.co by Anna Greer that posits It’s Wrongheaded to Protect Nature with Human-Style Rights. “After all, it is a hubristic belief in our own singularity and exceptionalism that’s partly responsible for destroying the planet. One thing seems certain: […]

All Minus One: Notes

There’s been quite a bit of ugliness down in the States the past few years, particularly on college campuses with ‘deplatforming’ and ‘disinviting’ of speakers, speakers and professors being shouted down, censured or even fired, mostly over free speech issues. A disturbing trend for sure. Professor Jonathan Haidt and others started an organization called the […]

On ‘Public Philosophy’

Came across the beginnings of what so far is a great series of articles on ‘Public philosophy’ over at The Point Magazine by Agnes Callard. In the first article, Is Public Philosophy Good?, Ms. Callard writes: “Recently, there have been rumblings of a Great Escape, one that goes by the name of “Public Philosophy.” Public […]

We Are Not the Thinkers of Our Thoughts

From a post over on kottke.org, Tiny Private Mind Motions “Every morning, when I screw the lid onto my steaming thermos of coffee, I think to myself, automatically, the phrase “heat capture.” I have no idea why. I’ve never used that phrase in any other context in my life. And yet I couldn’t stop it […]

“This nonsense of earning a living.”

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We […]