Star Wars: The Feminism Awakens? (Episode I)

Obligatory Force Awakens Spoilers Warning For The Ten People Left On The Planet Who Haven’t Seen It. In the wake of The Force Awakens there are numerous discussions about the social justice consciousness of the filmmakers and the potential for positively empowering girls and young women. Part of this has involved complaints that the film put feminist [Read More…]

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Revisiting The Stoics, Towards Revising stoicism

My feelings towards the ancient Stoics have oscillated quite a bit over the years. I’ve never scoured their writings nor done scholarship on them but they’ve nonetheless had a big impact on me. In the immediate aftermath of my deconversion, during my years of peak Nietzsche enthusiasm, I reflexively sided with Nietzsche when he lobbed barbs at them, [Read More…]

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John Malkovich’s Creepy Narration of Plato’s Cave Allegory Set to Experimental Music

In the audio below, John Malkovich narrates Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to music by Eric Alexandrakis, as remixed by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon for the project Like a Puppet Show. Much more about the project can be learned from Pitchfork and especially at Rolling Stone. Many thanks to @durancurefan for the heads up. While my first listen I found [Read More…]

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Philosophical Advice for a Pre-Med Student with Grade Struggles

M writes, Dr. Fincke, I read your article online about overcoming intellectual insecurities and it really hit the nail on the head for me, more than anything I’ve read or heard in my life concerning the topic.  I’m going though a major point in my life with regards to my future, specifically my career.  Basically, [Read More…]

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Top 20 Plot Copy/Pastes In The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. In The Force Awakens there is a fine line between homage and cynicism. When the creators of the new Star Wars film recycle as huge a number of fundamental plot points and mechanisms [Read More…]

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On The Uses And Abuses of Han Solo in The Force Awakens (Spoilers)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. I have already recorded a video giving my immediate post-theater reactions to The Force Awakens and written out a spoiler-free review of the movie. Now I’m writing analyses of various aspects of the movie one by one. I started with a [Read More…]

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How Disney Used Luke Skywalker (Force Awakens Spoilers)

I have already recorded a video giving my immediate post-theater reactions to The Force Awakens and written out a spoiler-free review of the movie. Now I’m writing analyses of various aspects of the movie one by one. Here’s my take on the treatment of Luke Skywalker in the film.
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The Force Awakens Is A Lazy Cop Out (Spoiler-Free Review)

Come discuss Star Wars with us by joining the Camels With Hammers closed Facebook group for people who have seen The Force Awakens or don’t mind learning spoilers. This is my review that spoils no plot points. The closest to spoiling plot beyond the very basic things in commercials already is to note that a few things one might have hoped are in [Read More…]

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How The Force Awakens Disappointed Me (Spoilers Galore)

Lex and I got to see The Force Awakens tonight because it premiered in France today. I was going to first write a spoiler-free review but I was so hyped up with my frustrations that I wanted to vent them up front and I can’t really explain what’s wrong with the movie without talking about [Read More…]

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Jon Stewart Shames Republicans Playing Politics With 9/11 Responders’ Lives #worstresponders

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show last night to chronicle his trip to Capitol Hill to lobby Republican Senators who are refusing to support funding for the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act which for 5 years has provided funding for 9/11 first responders suffering illnesses most likely contracted at Ground Zero [Read More…]

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