Author: reagentpost

We are just two college students interested in ideas. Austin Burke -- 23 yrs., pre-med, easily distracted Alex Drozd -- 23 yrs., ex-music major, bad at music

Published Column at Sci Phi Journal

I’ve become a regular contributor to Sci Phi Journal and would like to share my column’s first piece: Revisiting Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. In the article, I examine the repercussions of Plato’s “benevolent dictator,” advocated for in The Republic, and portrayed in one of Asimov’s most widely known works. If you’re a fan of philosophy and…

Precognition – First Short Story Publication!

The story has been published through Daily Science Fiction here: http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/nanotech/alex-drozd/precognition My inspirations for this story come from my own philosophical musings about the Book of Life, a thought experiment advanced by free will advocates in rejection of determinism, one that affords a paradox yet to be solved in philosophy. I find it strange that…

On Reverse Racism

To accost instances of reverse racism–such as when a white person is told that they cannot experience discrimination because of the color of their skin–is consistent with egalitarian principles. But I suspect that these points are sometimes not made in reference to the general idea of egalitarianism, but rather with respect to the ongoing debate about…

Utilitarianism

In my utilitarianist view, ethics is most often about minimizing damage, not avoiding it. In most situations avoiding damage is impossible, and being that inaction is just as much of a decision as action–in that it brings about a consequence–the moral decision is to do something, and for that something to take into consideration the net…

Corruption, a Societal Necessity

All ideas discussed in this post are discussed with only their efficacy as a function in mind. Whether or not the ideas advanced are morally permissible, by whichever system of ethics you have chosen to adopt, is not the concern of this post. The notion of the social contract gives us an understanding of the…

On the Arts

The creator of an art has the sole right to profit from that art, but I do not think it can be said that the creator of said art has the right to that art. Art belongs to its appreciators, and could not exist if it were not for the liberal freedoms entailed in the…

On the Deterministic Outcomes

The laws of nature can guarantee in what way matter will react, but they cannot guarantee that these reactions will be found agreeable to us. It is the physics of particles that governs all that exists in the universe. One can only hope that the matter around us, what makes up all we know, reacts…

The Limits of the Free Will

A cruel, callous god, one who watches the abducted child with indifference. Oh, how could he? How could one who loves his creations so dearly allow such abject suffering? What’s that, you say? To preserve the freedom of will is the purpose of such inaction? The abductor must be allowed to torture his abductee in…

Pity, the practice of the meek

How exhilarating that I can bring more suffering into the world, not just by making myself suffer, but by doing this in order to elicit pity. When I cry out in pain, I do so so that the world’s empathetic ears might hear me, and by spreading my suffering to them, I elevate myself to…

Egalitarianism

I have noticed that it only seems appropriate to espouse the view that egalitarian values must go both ways if one is the more common victim of intolerance or persecution. Here lies a subtle form of the ad hominem: the idea that one is not permitted to point out inconsistencies in egalitarian proclamations because they…