A Response to “The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class”

The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class The “proletariat” of Marx was radically misrepresented by Lenin to include the Russian peasantry and labourers, without whom no revolution would have been possible in Russia as it was at that time, and most Marxists following Lenin have continued to include these groups. Marx though specifically distinguished the new… Continue reading A Response to “The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class”

The Mythos of ‘Modern’ Science

When we think of creationism, there are two basic models. The first is a faux-naive ‘taking literally’ texts that were not even written as literal. (The very word ‘literal’ undermines itself, since it signifies ‘as written’ rather than ‘as actual’, the way we generally understand it). The second is known as ‘intelligent design’, and contains… Continue reading The Mythos of ‘Modern’ Science

A Quick Response to “Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? – symposium, Coventry University, 8th December 2015”

Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? I don’t personally find academia.edu’s basic business model to be as inherently “parasitic” as the main participants in the above forum.  Though I’m wary of the new proposition on academia.edu of peer reviewing for free, (although to have one’s work peer-reviewed is not free) I’m actually wary of the notion… Continue reading A Quick Response to “Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? – symposium, Coventry University, 8th December 2015”

Thinking The Historical (and The Non-Historical) “Historically”

The main reason that people don’t think history “historically” enough is that what separates the historical epoch from others is not the existence of written records. Many written records exist in earlier times and other cultures from what is considered “historical”.  This failure also results in non-historical texts not being thought in an appropriately historical… Continue reading Thinking The Historical (and The Non-Historical) “Historically”

Subjectivity, Rational Thinking and the Inabiility to Understand Autism

  Autism Spectrum Disorders present us with an immediate ontological problem: given the wide diversity of symptomology, how is it that we are easily able to view this diversity as fundamentally one issue? While it perhaps took a number of studies to demonstrate the notion that the diverse symptoms were somehow related, even those studies… Continue reading Subjectivity, Rational Thinking and the Inabiility to Understand Autism

What Sustains Anti-Abortionist Thinking

  We have a basic set of assumptions about reality that structures thinking and discourse on any given topic. Many of these assumptions came out of the thinking of early western thinkers, the thought collectively known as metaphysics. Yet something like the assumptions that underlie anti-abortionist thinking, that somehow an embryo or foetus is more… Continue reading What Sustains Anti-Abortionist Thinking