Mass Effect and Moral Luck

posted April 17, 2012

WARNING: This piece contains massive spoilers for the Mass Effect trilogy. If that’s going to be an issue then you need to get out of here right now!

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Why We Occupy

posted October 17, 2011

The main reason I originally headed down with my sleeping bag to join the Occupy Los Angeles movement was to get a first-hand account of what was actually happening, as it can be rather hard to get a firm grasp on such a seemingly amorphous movement based on second-hand information. When I got there, I planned to record and share details on the organization and practices the general assembly, the focus committees, the various stations such as the medical and media tents, or the relationship between the city and the camped-out occupiers…

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Why Do We Have to Learn This?

posted June 22, 2011

It’s time for a little test. I want you to think back to the last time you solved a quadratic equation using the quadratic formula. Take your time, and continue reading once you’re done.

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Revolution in Plain Sight

posted August 13, 2011

When much-needed revolutions fail, it is not because of their message. It is not because they yearn for something unattainable. It is because they too closely emulate the institutions they seek to challenge. They fail because they use the same language and the same rules that govern closed societies, and thus suffer all of the weaknesses of those societies without the resources and connections needed to support them.

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