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The hijacking of Sex

July 26, 2012


I recently finished reading “the happy hooker” by Xaviera Hollander. While it would be a stretch to say that it was a good book, it was definitely interesting and got me thinking about sexuality. It occurred to me in particular that public ideas on sex are heavily skewed towards the views of a few small […]

The Danger of Ideologies

May 2, 2012


I am against Ideologies. What ideologies, some might ask. All of them, I reply. But how could you be against ideologies while being an environmentalist? How does that work? Well, I’m glad you asked… I am opposed to “Ideologies with a capital I”. Communism, Capitalism, Zionism, Christianity… essentially all dogma. Let’s be clear: that doesn’t […]

Facebook’s Biggest Un-Secret: Your apps are watching you!

May 13, 2011


So – it turns out Facebook is hiring PR firms to highlight Google’s privacy violations “for the common good” – and not at all to draw attention away from its own practices (Pot, meet kettle, as they say.) So now seems a good time to flag an issue that’s been nagging me since I started […]

Ethics in Context

March 27, 2011


Ethics in Context Once upon a time, I studied ethical philosophy. As any undergrad philosophy student should be able to tell you, there are two dominant schools of thought in ethics – utilitarianism and deontology, embodied by the philosophical giants J.S. Mill and Kant. There are of course unlimited variations on these (more or less […]