“None Dare Call It Treason” – Yet!

“Treason” is an act of criminal disloyalty to the state, according to the dictionary.  It is especially egregious when you have been formally elected by the citizens to be the head of state and have sworn a public oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” it. 


How to Distinguish Dialectics from Sophistry?

After millenniums long practical applications, misuses, criticisms, and eulogies, dialectics is still like an elusive ghost wandering in the academic philosophical community without being clearly grasped, as attested by the confusion shown in the well reputed Wikipedia[i], and the most baffling part of dialectics and thus the biggest obstacle to learning dialectics is its apparent similarity with sophistry, as is typically reflected in the attitudes of Aristotle and Kant towards dialectics, and in the public confusion about the Hegelian dialectics……


Building the Whale Trail

Take a journey along the whale trail to encounter the majesty of orca whales. Barbara Lloyd McMichael has written an outstanding feature article about Donna Sandstrom, who was appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force. In this instance, “Southern Residents” refers to an extended orca clan, comprising several pods, that sometimes travel together in the Pacific Northwest.  Donna Sandstrom is also the executive director of The Whale Trail, a nonprofit that encourages whale-watching from shoreline sites. 


The Marine Mammal Library – A Deep Dive into Research

This month, if your curiosity about orcas is piqued, and you’d like to do a “deep dive” into orca lore, the Seattle-based National Marine Mammals Laboratory/Western Region has an excellent library for marine mammals and offers extensive research materials focusing on orcas. Just one hitch, the library doesn’t offer drop-in dives. You must book an appointment in advance to examine their materials. 


“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”


Toward a Universal Basic Needs Guarantee

Toward a Universal Basic Needs Guarantee... Otherwise “the right to life” is meaningless, and so are all those other human rights! Our basic needs are a prerequisite – the material foundation for our moral principles. 


The Mars Effect

Meet Mars, a graffiti artist from Johannesburg, South Africa, who shares his process for using recycled glass to make amazing art!


Plato Meets Artificial Intelligence

Only very recently have some of the leaders in the development of artificial intelligence begun to think about the ethical and political implications, and about Plato’s dilemma – how do we control the controllers?  And who will decide?