“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”
–Alfred North Whitehead

Month: May 2017

  • Erowid’s Psychedelic Encyclopedia at CIIS

    Erowid’s Psychedelic Encyclopedia at CIIS

    This conversation with Earth and Fire Erowid (of erowid.org) at CIIS back in January was supposed to be recorded for a podcast, but alas, due to technical difficulties, the sound crew was unable to record it. Lo and behold, I just came across this video of the event, taken by someone in the audience. Thanks, whoever […]

  • McLuhan on Electronic Media

    McLuhan on Electronic Media

    I’m reading McLuhan’s classic Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964) as I prepare a paper for the Media Ecology Association conference this summer. I’m struck by his prophetic insights into the effect of “electronic media” on the human condition. My MEA conference paper will challenge some of his basic assumptions from a (surprise, surprise) Whiteheadian […]

  • Tuvel’s Hypatia Article

    Tuvel’s Hypatia Article

    There is a ton of commentary on this controversy, so I won’t try to summarize it. This wiki page does a decent job, as far as I can tell. Here is Rebecca Tuvel’s article, “In defense of transracialism.” It may be helpful to read it before weighing in on the controversy. It is unfortunate that Tuvel […]