The Problematic Academic

Inaccessibility in academia – particularly regarding the topics of inclusion and bias towards appropriate language – thrives malignantly throughout the disciplines, having little discretion in regards to subject, age,, or background of the individuals involved. Even in philosophy, a subject that deals primarily with how we know and communicate what we know, we find a hierarchy of privilege of “those who get it” and “those who do not.” It is a contest of creating artificial hurdles, in which the “proper academic” – those individuals who know and can recall the proper names for philosophies and the philosophers who promote them, … Continue reading The Problematic Academic

The University of Chicago’s Incoming Freshman Letter is a Trigger Warning for Willful Ignorance and Dishonesty

The University of Chicago has demonstrated that, as an institution, it is unaware of the actual purpose of trigger warnings and has no desire to actually do the research required to find out their true purpose. As an academic, I find the concept of an entire institution publicly demonstrating their own ignorance and willfulness to continue existing in a state of that ignorance to be absolutely appalling. My sympathies are extended towards the incoming class of 2020 who received the letter announcing this policy. For the purpose of educating this class and any other people who may be interested in … Continue reading The University of Chicago’s Incoming Freshman Letter is a Trigger Warning for Willful Ignorance and Dishonesty

Existing Publicly as an Awkward Nerd: Some Thoughts on the Cultural Effect of Pokémon Go

The Pokémon series of games have been pretty groundbreaking in regards to encouraging connectivity, from the original wire-connected Game Boy generations to the advent of wireless international play in the 3DS generation. Within the past couple of generations, Pokémon, and … Continue reading Existing Publicly as an Awkward Nerd: Some Thoughts on the Cultural Effect of Pokémon Go

Anti-Intellectualism and Personal Growth

Anti-intellectualism is a mentality that has spread virulently among the Republican right recently, although it is not exclusive to the right. We see evidence of this in regards to “outsider politics,” in which politicians claim that they are in fact more qualified than their opponents because of the fact that they are not politicians. The value of an outsider politician, or more generally, an “anti-intellectual,” is derived from a false sense of independence from outside influence. If someone is not educated from an outside source, they are not influenced by an outside source. However, the origin of all knowledge comes … Continue reading Anti-Intellectualism and Personal Growth

Ditching Anthropomorphization Made Me a Better Human

If you had to reduce me to a laundry list of personality traits, “good with animals” would be up somewhere near the top of that list. I love animals. I am one of those people that say that they like animals better than people. While I currently work as a private dog groomer, I have had experience with a wide range of domestic and exotic animals. Most people consider the ease with which I work with a wide range of animals a gift. Although I have been constantly surrounded by pets and wild animals since my childhood, I have only … Continue reading Ditching Anthropomorphization Made Me a Better Human