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Has Neoliberalism given birth to Trumpism?

Before we can get to the heart of this question we must first have a discussion on what neoliberalism is. At base, it’s a political school of thought that believes society is best served by transferring the economy to the private sector from the public sector. Confused? If you define yourself as a liberal you […]

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What Constitutes Constituency?

Constituency noun A body of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body The people who live and vote in an area An electoral district In the era of Citizens United the question of what constitutes constituency is a legitimate one. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of this […]

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#BoobsForBernie

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Yeshayahu Leibowitz- A Man Who was Unmistakably Prescient

I am about to wade into what is unarguably one of the most controversial topics of our time. And I dont do so lightly as I am keenly aware of the minefield that lay ahead. Yet I feel compelled to address a situation that has become both unjust and untenable, in my opinion. And I […]

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Craig Venter on Race and Science

Craig Venter heavily influenced my views when I was writing my thesis. I came across this gem today and wanted to share. Craig Venter on Race and Science

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Is Bernie Sanders a Black Swan?

A black swan is an event or occurrence that deviates from normal expectations and is exceptionally difficult to predict. In philosophy, the Black Swan is a metaphor for a statement of impossibility and is generally used to highlight the problem of induction. It is most notably connected to Karl Popper, and his argument goes something like this:  Europeans for […]

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Frege, Hilbert, Intution and the Truth of Axioms

I recently came across this paper I wrote for a Philosophy of Math class as an undergrad at UC Irvine. Although this heady topic has been addressed in greater depths by far greater minds- I thought I would share. In the very least it is a superficial introduction to a deeply important debate that is […]

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Empiricism

Empiricsm (m-pîr-szm) n. 1. The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge. 2. Employment of empirical methods, as in science. 3. An empirical conclusion. The Empiricist claim does not entail that we have empirical knowledge, but rather that knowledge can be gained, if at all, via experience. And although […]

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Non Sequitur

Non Sequitur (non se·qui·tur) n 1. An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence. 2. A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it. 3. A statement or action that has so little a connection to the context within which it occurred that it is absurd. Non sequitur […]

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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Post Hoc, Er·go Prop·ter Hoc (pȯst-ˌhōk ˌer-gō-ˈprȯp-ter-ˌhōk) term 1. Latin. After this, therefore on account of this. 2. The logical fallacy of believing that temporal succession implies a causal relation. 3. The false belief that because event A happened immediately prior to event B, A caused B. 4. Those that commit this fallacy often fail […]

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