Sleep’s Hidden Histories

Does sleep have politics? Apparently so. Critical sleep studies scholars are probing its meaning, ruination, and touchy relationship with capitalism…
Does sleep have politics? Apparently so. Critical sleep studies scholars are probing its meaning, ruination, and touchy relationship with capitalism… [More]

Homosexuality, Choice & Engineering

In my previous essay I rambled a bit about homosexuality and choice. The main point of this was to set up this essay, which focuses on the ethics of engineering people to be straight. In general
In my previous essay I rambled a bit about homosexuality and choice. The main point of this was to set up this essay, which focuses on the ethics of engineering people to be straight. In general [More]

History of American humor

Do Americans have a sense of humor? Tocqueville thought not. How wrong he was: Some fun-loving Pilgrims, Barnum, Babbitt, Bruce…
Do Americans have a sense of humor? Tocqueville thought not. How wrong he was: Some fun-loving Pilgrims, Barnum, Babbitt, Bruce… [More]

History of the American beard

The beard is back, though its legacy remains complicated. A fashion born of desperation, this “manly appendage” was once a symbol of white supremacy…
The beard is back, though its legacy remains complicated. A fashion born of desperation, this “manly appendage” was once a symbol of white supremacy… [More]

History of Chelsea hotel

Is there a relationship between squalor and credibility? Consider the Chelsea Hotel: epicenter of anarchy; sanctuary of eccentrics, artists, and hangers-on…
Is there a relationship between squalor and credibility? Consider the Chelsea Hotel: epicenter of anarchy; sanctuary of eccentrics, artists, and hangers-on… [More]

Origins of Western Liberalism

Looking for intellectual origins is often problematic, rarely more so than when searching for the origins of liberalism in Christianity…
Looking for intellectual origins is often problematic, rarely more so than when searching for the origins of liberalism in Christianity… [More]

History of Oxford University Press

“Being published by Oxford Press is like being married to a duchess: the honor is almost greater than the pleasure”…
“Being published by Oxford Press is like being married to a duchess: the honor is almost greater than the pleasure”… [More]

History of author interviews

The author interview makes commercial sense – for writers, periodicals, publishers, and bookstores – but does it validate the work or replace it?…
The author interview makes commercial sense – for writers, periodicals, publishers, and bookstores – but does it validate the work or replace it?… [More]

Carrier on the Value of Philosophy

Is philosophy stupid? Philosopher and historian Richard Carrier considers this question.
Is philosophy stupid? Philosopher and historian Richard Carrier considers this question. [More]

The Daily Owl 10-4-2013

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. (Allen)
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. (Allen) [More]