Tag Archives: philosophy

An expedition to the lake, and thoughts along the way

As often as I can, I like to walk from my house to Pink Lake and back; my usual route is about 12kms long, and I love every inch of it as much as I love my library and my … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Centre and the Distance of Civilization: Some Research Questions. Please Help!

In May of last year I began researching a book about the philosophy of civilization. I’m almost done; but I’m asking for your help. I would like to hear from people who, one way or another, have moved “out” of … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Impressions of Bohemia

I spent most of the month of July this year in Bohemia, Czech Republic, the guest of friends who invited me to look after their house and their dogs while they went on a holiday of their own. I shot … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Spiritual Negations: Ten Ideas in Religion and Spirituality Which I’m Very Sure Are False.

“People don’t care about knowledge and enlightenment. What they want is validation.” –Heathcliff Weatherby, “Hallowstone“. People in many religious communities are fond of “affirmations”: proverbs, wisdom teachings, “laws of magic”, and the like, usually in the form of only one … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

A Straight White Male Writer Grapples With His Privilege

There are a lot of fantasy and sci-fi writers in my FB and Twitter feeds. And a lot of those writers are feminists, of one degree or another. So, I’ve been seeing a lot of discussion about white male privilege … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

How I Teach Philosophy Using Games

There are lots of ways in which the success of education cannot, and should not, be measured in a student’s final grade. But for various reasons, schools and colleges and the political establishments that fund them want to see a … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Politics is theatre

A selection from the novel that I’m currently writing. (Although I might edit this, when the manuscript is complete.) I’ve been studying history for a few years now, and one of the things you learn by studying history is that … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The worship of the gods is not what matters

“The sacred, I shall say, is that which acts as your partner in the search for the highest and deepest things: the real, the true, the good, and the beautiful.” — Circles of Meaning, Labyrinths of Fear I don’t normally … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , | 35 Comments

Q of the Week: Cliches, Catch-Phrases and Slogans

A very merry and magical Midsummer to all of you! Yesterday was drizzly and miserable here in Elora (so I feel less bad about missing WiccanFest) but today is gloriously shiny and clear and warm and wonderful. I really ought … Continue reading

Posted in Archive 2007-2009 | Tagged , | 8 Comments

New Heroism.

I’d like to draw attention to this post by erynn999 concerning an Aboriginal community which, due to a collapse in their fishery this year, has not enough money to buy heating oil. In the winter. In Alaska. Some of the … Continue reading

Posted in Archive 2007-2009 | Tagged , | 5 Comments