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Aleppo and the Christmas spirit...

I wrote this just before Christmas but I think it’s still relevant and it will stay relevant for a while.

Since things took a turn for the worse in Syria and mass migration started people kept saying that refugees should stay and fight for their countries. 528 more words


Fog of war

My first year in the PhD program has so far been spent trying to feel my way through the terrain of my chosen field, game studies, while simultaneously trying to cobble together the lenses and scopes I need for that exploration. 1,083 more words


Is it really just a theory?

The theory of evolution by natural selection, first formulated in Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, is the process by which organisms change over time as a result of changes in heritable physical or behavioral traits. 1,338 more words

Book Review: Continuity and Rupture: Philosophy in the Maoist Terrain

(Disclaimer: I am colleagues with the author in the academy and know him. We also both have a tenuous academic career, though I am perhaps still more recklessly hopeful. 1,382 more words


What is NIR?

Near-infrared spectroscopy. “N-I-R.”  Let’s illuminate the subject a bit, shall we?

Spectroscopy is a branch of science interested in the interaction of light with matter. Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy happens when the light used to do the measurements falls within a certain energy or frequency range; typically, 12000 – 4000 cm-1 (or about 700 – 2500 nm in terms of wavelength). 686 more words


Terror Management Theory and US Fascism

Per Baudrillard etc: The  items/clothing/appliances we acquire/use are signifiers constructing our internal and external personas, through public display and the construction of our personal environment (the space in which we internally perform our “private” self.) The purchase of or refusal to purchase commodities is the primary means by which human identity is constructed in late capitalism. 529 more words

History And Politics

New Star Wars Title Revealed: Who is The Last Jedi?

It’s official! The next installment in the Star Wars Skywalker saga is entitled Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi  which is directed by Rian Johnson and will be released this December. 919 more words

Movie Reviews