Those Who Turn Away

This poem beautifully explains why philosophy matters, and why it’s foolhardy to pursue a narrow, vocational skill with dubious utility. When I first read it in the December 2019 issue of Philosophy Now, it immediately reminded me of a conversation I had more than 20 years ago with Travis LeBlanc – in Oxford, no less […]

The Raven Chronicles

Rebuilding the Electronics of an Epiphone Les Paul Let me introduce you to Raven. Raven’s an Epiphone Les Paul guitar which I had bought from a shop on London’s Denmark Street (“Tin Pan Alley”) in 1999. I had paid a princely sum of £249 , about three weeks’ worth of my student allowance at that […]

Baseline Anxiety

Inspired by a tweet by Zuby. Through evolution, humans are hardwired to deal with physical threats and the scarcity of resources. We are conditioned to respond quickly to external stimuli for self-preservation. When we see danger, we run, or we fight. When we see food, we eat. When we have the opportunity, we mate. (Mating […]