Can Language Change Our Perception of Reality? – A Praxis Philosophy Night Discussion on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

  We often think that our experience of reality shape and determine the words we use. It’s intuitive to see experience, concept formation, and speech as a strict one-directional flow. But what if we’re wrong about where language comes in? What if language actually […]

Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown: S7E3 “The Queen’s Justice” – Power, Faith vs. Skepticism, and Restorative vs. Punitive Justice

*SPOILER ALERT FOR GAME OF THRONES, OBVIOUSLY. Don’t listen to this if you haven’t watched the show!* I feel like the only real way to honor this episode is to keep the introductions short. This is Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown. It’s […]

How To Live In a Nuclear-Armed World

I purposefully don’t watch the news much. But since I heard that two of the world’s most dangerous governments (North Korea and the United States) were threatening to use nuclear weapons against each other, I’ve dipped my feet back in. We’ve seen saber-rattling and […]

Stop Calling Humans “Monkeys,” Please

Every now and then in discussions of human psychology and motivation, someone inserts the witty remark that humans are just “advanced monkeys,” or “monkeys with smartphones,” or something of the sort. Everyone laughs. Oh, humans! This smuggest of all YouTube videos […]

How Stories Make Things More Valuable

Why is a handmade candle generally considered better than a manufactured one? The materials and quality may actually be exactly the same: the same candle wax, the wick material, the same kind of burn. So it can be puzzling why most people seem […]

How Not To Fight Rotten Ideas

Impressionable young people are picking the worst ideas these days. Go to most college campuses and you’ll find ideologies not far different from socialism on the left and not far different from fascism on the right. This generation is not […]