I'm currently working on an overall critique of Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values for The Leather Library, but I just wanted to post some thoughts on a particular chapter here. For Harris, the goal of a science of ethics is achieving well-being (he's generally utilitarian=the greatest happiness for the … Continue reading What is Happiness? Can I know when I’m Happy?
Most of you are probably familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Celebrities have taken part, including Bill Gates, and it’s been filling social media.
But for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s pretty simple: when challenged, you either dump ice water on your head or donate $100 or ALS research and treatment. Many donate the money regardless, but if you do dump the ice water, you can challenge three more people, giving them 24 hours to comply. In effect, it goes like this:
The goal, besides raising money, is to spread awareness. The viral quality of the campaign has proven particularly effective, raising over $100 million dollars, according to this article from Aug. 15, and bringing ALS to the forefront of the public sphere. It is a brilliant viral campaign, seeming to make a positive difference.
But for some the project feels too public, too self-broadcasting…
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Okay, so this blog is supposed to be dedicated to fiction and philosophy, but I'm out of ideas on both fronts. So I've decided to throw a little randomness in here and do something I haven't done since high school—record a song. For you. All of you. (This is where I hold my palm up … Continue reading Sounds from Sunday Afternoon
Today I got my first rejection letter for a short story, but it's good news. Here's why... It's better to receive a crappy one-line personal note than a form letter. It means you stood out in the slush pile. Someone took time out of his or her busy day to send you a personal reply. … Continue reading Rejection Letters
I've been lackadaisical in my novel writing lately, so I thought I'd try this writing prompt at the 13th Floor Paradigm blog. It's something I've been wanting to do for a while. I can never seem to write short (just scroll down for proof of that), so I thought I could use some practice. Listen … Continue reading Cut the Crap: Write Short