Yes, New Materials

by Mike O’Brien “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” —Ecclesiastes 1:9 “Bullshit.” —Mike O’Brien 04-04-2022 It is a strange enough thing to collect knives. It is a step stranger still to collect sharpening stones; a further abstraction from…

Subdivisions

by Mike O’Brien I’ve been reading some articles about dehumanization lately, mostly by the popular philosopher (I doubt he would object to that characterization), David Livingstone Smith. I had already spent some time in that domain, given the preponderance of politics in my early post-secondary studies and the looming questions of how humanity’s greatest intramural…

Animal Rights and Other Fictions

by Mike O’Brien There’s a concept in education, particularly science education, called “lies-to-children”. It roughly means this: some matters are so complicated that they cannot be clearly understood when accurately presented. So, if you want a naive audience (“children”) to eventually understand how these complex matters actually work, you need to prepare their minds with…