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Eric Steinhart
I'm a farm boy happily lost in the big city.
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ByEricSteinhart An interesting side effect of viagra is that many people who take it see the world as tinted blue. This leads to an argument from taking viagra to something that, following Aldous Huxley, we can call Color-at-Large: (1) When I took viagra, I seemed to see a blue color... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart Christianity adds lots of new religious ideas and practices to ancient paganism. But does it add anything philosophical? Christian thinkers from the very start do lots of very interesting and excellent conceptual work defending and justifying the particular creeds and activities of the Christian faith. But that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart Every philosopher should be aware of Black Mirror. I regularly use two of its episodes in class: Be Right Back, and The Entire History of You. They’re worth talking about later. Black Mirror is set in the near future. It’s a character-driven show which takes current technological... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart I just saw the Christa at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Christa is a crucifix with a female Christ. It was created by the artist Edwina Sandys. It is a large bronze sculpture of a crucified woman, measuring four feet by five feet. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart This past Saturday (October 15th) I went to Stoicon 2016 in New York, organized by Massimo Pigliucci. There were about 330 people attending, and one of the speakers declared it to probably be the largest gathering of Stoics in the history of the world. I was fortunate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart Richard Swinburne recently gave a talk at the Midwestern Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers in which he made controversial remarks about homosexuals. The talk stirred some debate on PhilPercs here and here. It prompted a public apology from Michael Rea, President of the Society. From... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
By Eric Steinhart I just watched “DMT: The Spirit Molecule”. It’s mostly interviews with some scientists who have done DMT lab research, some of their subjects, and some older folks from the 1960s. And it’s just so sad. So sad. Also hilarious. Reality is consciousness! There’s other levels man, other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
Ayahuasca is becoming increasingly popular. But its use raises many ethical and other philosophical concerns. Philosophers ought to think seriously about the significance of psychedelic experiences. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Philosophical Percolations
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