The title of this essay is a play on the very first post of this blog: “Happiness
in the Belly of the Space Whale”,
an essay written over a decade ago to convey my thoughts on the nature of
existence. This is to some degree an update or addendum ...
I cobbled together this clip from two films that I watched in the same
week. The first part is a snippet from a BBC documentary called
'Dangerous Knowledge', about the work and fate of four very important
scientists. From the BBC
In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at ...
Granting the strong points in the pessimists’ claims, it is still
possible to detect certain confusions and dubious inferences in
their arguments. To begin with, there is a very obvious
inconsistency in the way writers like Darrow and Tolstoy arrive at
the conclusion that death is better than life. They ...
A while back, I was browsing through the Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
when I happened upon a short section called 'Life, Meaning and Value
of'. Lo and behold, it is a detailed rebuttal to the position to which I seem
to have become entrenched—that is, it is a discussion and ...