Author Archives: Brendan

The basement is finished!

After four long, expensive years, the main renovations on my basement are now finished! I feel irrationally happy about this. So, here are some before-and-after pictures. First, here’s what it looked like when I moved in: Concrete walls with no … Continue reading

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How shall we face the earth, under the conditions of the climate crisis?

These are the first several paragraphs of my work-in-progress book on philosophy and ecology. Some other draft selections from the book can also be found here and here and here. I invite your comments! -Bren. How should we human beings … Continue reading

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I am fascinated by, and frightened by, the idea of alien contact.

In the late 1980s, someone gave my dad a copy of Whitley Streiber’s Communion, a novel about an alien abduction. The front cover featured a head and shoulders portrait of a being which, today, is commonly called a ‘grey’: an … Continue reading

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A philosopher plays Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

As a philosophy prof, of a generation that got a lot of Greek and Roman voices in my education, I was very excited to play AC Odyssey. The game takes place during one of the historical periods that I have … Continue reading

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The Little Prince, and Outer Space

I do hope you have heard of, if not read, The Little Prince, a delightful children’s novel by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It begins with a story of a pilot who has to land his plane in the desert … Continue reading

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What do you regret?

“No regrets!” A motto of sorts that I remember from my teens and 20s. In one sense it was the YOLO of its time; an invitation to live a life of wildness and hedonism. In another sense it might have … Continue reading

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Some propositions on ecology and philosophy

For the past several years I have (very slowly) worked on a manuscript on ecology, its major scientific principles and discoveries, and their implications for philosophy, politics, economics, religion, and culture. It’s been such slow going that I wrote, and … Continue reading

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Last call at the bar

I have made an unhappy but necessary decision. The bar in my basement has to go. Having it there has been fun. It gives the house a sense of history and character. Other features of the basement contribute to that … Continue reading

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Transphobia and Civilization

Seeing as the human rights of transgender people has come to dominate the news, both in the mainstream press and that of communities where trans people have a significant presence such as the Pagan community, I felt a need to … Continue reading

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Who will win the Second American Civil War?

The second American Civil War has already begun. This fact is not acknowledged by those who expect a civil war to look like previous wars: having large and well-organised armies, having territories with definite (even if moving) borders, and having … Continue reading

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