The Quality of Mercy is Ideologically Strained.

This essay was first published in PoliQuads Magazine, Sunday, March 29th. 2020 Humans are a social species. Isolation is not good for us. Yet here we are, self isolating and social distancing as if our lives depended on it, and for a vulnerable demographic, it does. For non-vulnerable demographics, and millennials in particular, it’s hard. … Continue reading The Quality of Mercy is Ideologically Strained.

Sexy Isn’t Sexist or The Allegory of the Peacock’s Train

  Discussing human sexuality is a tricky, if not fraught, enterprise today. Critiques of human sexuality abound in the popular and academic press. That’s why here, I would like to do something truly radical...celebrate it! Today, I put to you the heretical notion that in a sexually reproducing, sexually dimorphic species, men finding women sexy … Continue reading Sexy Isn’t Sexist or The Allegory of the Peacock’s Train

Jelly Babies: On Morals, Ethics and Abortion.

The pendulum swings wildly between radical extremes in the abortion debate but there is a middle ground. Looking at the issue from an empirical anthropological and negative utilitarian ethics perspective (the more modest and pragmatic goal of lessening suffering not increasing happiness) helps us begin to parse the variables. From this standpoint, early, safe, medical … Continue reading Jelly Babies: On Morals, Ethics and Abortion.

A Short Review of Wonder Woman with an Evolutionary Slant.

Despite all the feminist/SJW chatter around Wonder Woman, a marketing strategy which is far more likely to turn me off any product attached to it, I enjoyed the film.  The character embodies femininity unhitched from biology and evolution. In the real world, we know women are just as competitive as men, but employ more covert, less aggressive … Continue reading A Short Review of Wonder Woman with an Evolutionary Slant.