There is a short thought, quoted by Paul K. Feyerabend in “Notes on Relativism”, that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. Paul, ever critical of Western rationalism, is commenting at length on the expansion of (Western, capitalist) industrial scientific society to the margins of the developing world and minority cultures. He quotes François Jacob … Continue reading Feyerabend: Westernization and culture
Anyone who studies philosophy has run into the assumption that psychoactive drugs and philosophy go hand-in-hand. Really, after analytic and continental, and whatever other traditions people come up with, there could be another sect, that of “stoner philosophy,” which is something like Mister Rogers, Alan Watts and Bob Ross thrown into a peaceful blender. This … Continue reading Psychedelics versus modern philosophy
It seems that the alt-right (have we normalized it past the point of quotation marks?) is seriously studied almost exclusively by the political left, and demsoc journalists of the Vice variety, who will study anything edgy. This is a shame, because the alt-right was a point on the political axes chart that has grown to a … Continue reading “Return to the Bronze Age… national nudism”
I’ve been working on a paper — since I’ve long tabled the idea of a future in academia, or scholarship, I have only a few projects I want to get done in substitution — to expand the work of Paul Feyerabend into a political philosophy. Feyerabend’s primary discipline was the philosophy of science and epistemology, … Continue reading Epistemological anarchism to anarchism
(Continuing the tradition of not finishing a draft and instead creating a whole new post.) Several months ago I was able to present an essay at symposiums in Georgia and Utah, confident that I was entering the academic world, beginning to make connections. My academic references are even better than my professional. I know I … Continue reading What should young libertarians do?
Here’s a link to an article I wrote just published in FEE. I consider this part of an ongoing, gradual effort to incorporate Paul Feyerabend into the liberty canon. It’s probably a mistake, but I’m doing it anyway. I also want to give a shoutout to the person that commented I’m “pretending that Ayn Rand … Continue reading Philosophy of science and free speech
For reasons both inexplicable and ordinary much of my prepubescent memory is off-limits. I can remember leaving Washington for Northern California, in limbo in the back of what might have been a Toyota Highlander, watching streetlights illuminate every fifth second. I remember combing through my mom’s boyfriend’s horror collection, and then biking breathlessly through my … Continue reading Remembering school
“In so far as their only recourse to that world is through what they see and do, we may want to say that after a revolution scientists are responding to a different world.” Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions p. 111 I can remember arguing with my cousin right after Michael Brown was shot. “It’s still unclear … Continue reading The death of reason