On Equality

Man endures pain as an undeserved punishment; woman accepts it as a natural heritage. – Anonymous

The history of women is that of a romance and horror: albeit highly coveted and upheld as the bearer of life and all that is gentle and kind, her history is comprised of systematic oppression, degradation and continuous abuse on both a micro and macro level. The history of woman cannot be told without accounting for centuries of pain and suffrage at the hands of her male counterpart who assumed the role of superior. Continue reading

I Am Skeptical of God, Not of the External World.

Am I a skeptic? Absolutely — but only when it comes to ridiculous concepts. I am inclined to doubt the existence of the Bloody Mary, the Headless Horseman, and of God. I find such concepts to be ridiculous given their mythical nature. The three are the product of the human mind, but mankind tends to create and forget it has created.
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Marriage: An Unenforceable Promise

In “Contract as Promise,” Charles Fried admits that several kinds of promises neither are nor ought to be enforced by law. More specifically, Fried alludes to the institution of marriage, as well as contracts of employment, insurance, and carriage, as the type of promises that should not be enforced by law.

Fried’s rationale for such rests on the notion that the aforementioned arrangements, although legally binding since they are initiated by agreement, are “singled out and made subject to a set of rules that often have little to do with that agreement” (Fried 57). Looking into the promises that pertain to marriage, in this piece I will argue that Fried’s admission is not a devastating objection to his overall theory of contract but rather, if taken into consideration, strengthens his argument.

First, I will explain Fried’s definition of a promise ad introduce his theory of contract as promise. Second, I will explain what marriage is and, using Fried’s definition, why it is considered to be a promise. I will also indicate the purpose of legislative recognition. Third, invoking the contract as promise principle and the fundamental element of a promise, I will argue why marriage should not be enforced by laws and how not enforcing marriage does not violate Fried’s contract as promise theory.

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Pain, Pleasure, and Masochism.

To some, a slap to the face may be a highly unpleasant experience; however, to others, a slap to the face may be a pleasurable experience. Those who derive pleasure from suffering physical pain are swept under the term ‘masochist’. In order for one to understand why a person would willingly subject themselves to physical pain, one needs to understand what ‘pain’ is, as well as why it is perceived and felt differently amongst human beings.

The impact an experience with pain has on one’s psychological state can heavily influence a person’s perception and interpretation of pain. It is necessary to look at the subjective psychological conditions that may influence an individual’s action or reaction although examining it through a philosophical lens can result in the realization that pain is not solely a psychological event.

My project in this piece is to question D.C. Dennett’s notion of pain by challenging his definition of pain with the case of the masochist. More particularly, I shall explore different ways of understanding a masochist’s reaction to pain by employing the modes of thinking proposed by Donald Davidson and Jennifer Hornsby.

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time travel and the human mind

The human mind produces memories that have similar functions to a time machine.

Although one cannot physically go from the present time to the past or from the present to the future, one is able to recall past events and form future ones. This type of mental time traveling gives human beings an adaptive advantage since people are able to recall past events, correct the error of their ways, and learn what to avoid and how to avoid the same situations in the future.

For instance, our ancestors learned how to cultivate food and dress properly for given weathers which in turn led to adaptation to any given conditions. Now people avoid repeating our ancestors’ mistakes. Also, when found in any type of quandary, a human being can think back to see what someone in the same situation before them had done in order to handle the situation. The decision derived from that is later applied to their future which in a sense is a way of adapting to world situations.

The human race could not have advanced as much as it has if it were not for mentally reliving the past in order to prelive the future. Many of the decisions people make now are based on precedent in order to create a better future. That is how laws are made and that is how people learn to adapt to situations.

The human mind has been conditioned to travel back to the past in order to find answers for the future. Our memory allows us to look at past errors and apply what we have learned to the betterment of our future. The advancement of the human race is solely based on remembering the past in order to progress,  which puts us at an advantage when compared to other living beings since we have the ability to recall the past and plan our future.