On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

This article is a response to a paper written by Marta Matylda Kania, a Polish philosopher and game designer, entitled Spirit of Seriousness and Bad Faith: On the Meaning of In-game Life. In the paper, Kania argues for an existential distinction between what she terms gameplay situations and a life situations. A gameplay situation is defined by Kania … More On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

Nihilism and Love

One of the most important and difficult questions for a human being to consider was posed by the great Trinidadian-German philosopher Haddaway in the year 1993 with a hit dance single that swept the nation: “What is Love?” The question was the third most searched query on Google in 2014, and it is a question with which … More Nihilism and Love

On Jealousy and Anger

I still remember the day Pat McKee uttered the words that would change my life. I was slouched in my chair, half asleep for a lecture describing the early metaphysical views of primary and secondary characteristics of objects. I found the discussion rather tedious; in my mind there was little benefit in learning antiquated metaphysics that had long been … More On Jealousy and Anger

The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest

In 2012, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Communications at Cornell University, Jeff Hancock, gave a fascinating and prescient talk entitled The Future of Lying. He discussed how we interact and deceive each other through social media, pointing to 3 new types of lying that have surfaced in the digital era. One of the most fascinating aspects of … More The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest

Touch Aversion and Its Roots in Western Dualism

Western philosophy, onward from Plato through Descartes and Locke, could be called the philosophy of mind-body dualism. For those not acquainted with the term, the theory posits that mind and body are separate and distinct substances; the body coming from matter or physical nature, and the mind arising from “soul” or “spirit” and existing distinct from the … More Touch Aversion and Its Roots in Western Dualism

Social Anxiety Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Social anxiety has its benefits. As social creatures, it is perfectly rational for humans to desire being liked and fear being shamed. Indeed, ensuring one was well-liked by one’s tribe was once critical to one’s survival. It is unsurprising, then, that many (in fact, most) people still have a healthy level of fear when interacting … More Social Anxiety Is Too Much of a Good Thing