It was a long direct flight home on March 13, a Friday; I felt trapped, wondering when it would be over. It was the first time in a long time that I felt sick on a plane. Coincidentally, the last time was during the Ebola scare in 2014. Although that time, it was a just an early morning flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida back to Syracuse Airport (and then back to Ithaca, New York) and I had eaten earlier than usual and my stomach made me pay for my decision.

This was different, however. I was in San Diego, California…


ABSTRACT: [Many people who want to claim the legacy of the Enlightenment still cling to an ostensibly Eurocentric and archaic conception of it. In this way the Enlightenment becomes something that is stuck in time, unable to deal with the circumstances of today’s time. What’s worse is that the Enlightenment as it unfolded in 16th century Europe was not “born in the clear light of day” to borrow a phrase from Ernst Renan. …


Many Americans — for (sometimes) perfectly understandable reasons — do not pay much attention to how much the U.S. affects entire countries, governments, and economies. Tulsi Gabbard is changing that.

I said in a previous piece that I thought that the Republican party would turn in a more libertarian direction after Obama was re-elected. I never thought for the life of me that Ted Cruz would be a subject of conversation in the year 2019. One of the reasons was not only because I thought that, social liberalism had taken over and that old evangelicals were dying, but also because…


Luc Bessons 2014 Film Lucy wurde sehr kritisiert, auch vor seiner Prämiere. Diese Kritik rührt von der gründsätzlichen Behauptung her, dass wir nur zehn Prozent unseres Gehirns verwenden. Es ist ein offensichtlicher Mythos, den jemand mit rudimentärem Wissen der Gehirnswissenschaft entlarven kann. Der berühmte Fall des Eisenbahnbauarbeiters Phineas Gage reicht, um diese unsinnige Idee zu entlarven.

Dagegen, dieser Film — trotz seiner wissenschaftlichen Fehler — liefert einen neueren und differenzierteren Weg, über das Bewusstsein zu denken. In der Philosophie des Geistes ist einer der dringendsten Themen Chalmers “schweres Problem des Bewusstseins”, von David Chalmers formuliert. Um klar zu sein, ich…


Jordan Peterson. Source: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

In the past couple of years I have dealt off and on with depression and loneliness. I am a graduate engineering student. I definitely understand how busy, lonely, and stressful a time it can be. I definitely don’t blame someone (too much) for finding an outlet for help, whatever that outlet may be. People are complex and can find hope and help in many things. I have found some of Jordan Peterson’s lectures helpful and I definitely think there are some people hellbent on mischaracterizing him and his views. However, as someone who sees the importance of scientific and philosophical…


Let’s imagine the following scenario: a scientist named Mary is trapped in a cell. She’s been trapped in this cell her entire life and the cell is entirely black and white. No color enters into her field of vision. And yet, Mary is a brilliant scientist who knows everything about the science of vision and how light interacts with biological and non-biological matter. She understands how electromagnetic radiation interacts with the cones and rods in our eyes. If Mary were to venture out of this uncolored room into a world of color what would she see? …


On this past November 5 arguments were heard in the Supreme Court regarding the already banned practice of uranium mining in Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia temporarily banned the practice in 1982 before projects in the counties of Pittsylvania and Orange could commence. Last year, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a court decision that relegated to the state of Virginia the power to decide for itself on the issue of uranium mining. For over a decade, Virginia Uranium Inc. has petitioned to mine the Coles Hill uranium deposit in Chatham, Pittsylvania County, the largest uranium deposit in…


Luc Besson’s 2014 film Lucy garnered criticism even before it premiered. This criticism stems from the movie’s foundational claim that “we only use 10% of our brain.” It is an obvious myth that anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of neuroscience could debunk. The famous case of railroad construction foreman Phineas Gage is enough to debunk this nonsensical claim.

However, this film — despite its scientific flaws — provides a more novel and nuanced way to think about how consciousness works. In the philosophy of mind, one of the most pressing issues is the hard problem of consciousness formulated by the…


The cover page of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense

Thomas Pain (his birth-name) was a true enlightenment revolutionary. His famous pamphlet, Common Sense, had a wide circulation throughout the American colonies as it sold over 500,000 copies. Despite his pamphlet’s success, he died an outcast from society, passing away destitute in his home in New Rochelle, New York while the Second Great Awakening has happening. In this context he was derided as a “drunk” and an “infidel” for his rhetorical jabs at Christianity. Across the Atlantic, Paine was deemed as a traitor the English crown through his criticism of the entire idea of monarchy. Additionally, his support for the…


Identity politics. It’s a word that has made its rounds on both the right and left. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is famous for his view about how linguistic misunderstandings define the scope of philosophical problems and ethical problems. If there is anyone who understands how communication between people goes wrong it’s definitely him. Wittgenstein writes:

“For a large class of cases — though not for all — in which we employ the wordmeaning” it can be defined thus: the meaning of a word is its use in the language.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophische Untersuchungen (Philosophical Investigations), Section 43

This…

Emeka Ikpeazu

Cornellian, Wahoo, electrical engineer, philosopher, composer, runner, friend, and brother.

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