When asked whether or not he had free will, Christopher Hitchens often responded with a consciously ironic, yet subtly thought-provoking remark: "Yes I have free will; I have no choice but to have it". He made no strong attempt to answer the question, rather electing to point out the underlying paradox in order to continue … Continue reading An Imposed Freedom
As someone who identifies with a chaotic energy and disrespect for imposed authority, it comes as no surprise that I tend to struggle with sustaining motivation over a long period of time towards a specific goal, especially when the actions required to achieve that goal are highly repetitive in nature. I am sure a significant … Continue reading Motivation I: Analyzing Personality
I’d like to preface the following statements with a brief disclaimer: I very often worry about how my desire for brutal simplification of ideas could be regarded as intellectual ignorance. For this reason I feel obliged to point out that I am the furthest possible thing from an expert in any scientific field and the … Continue reading Styles of Argumentation
Here’s your brain: For the layman, it can be broadly described as a dense, complex network of neurons and the synapses between them. The whole structure is almost incomprehensibly complicated, but the basic parts are fairly easy to understand. Neurons are cells, which serve a function of receiving electrical signals from previous neurons in the … Continue reading Hail Neuroscience!
Approximately seven months ago was my last day of high school. I wasn’t completely sure what to expect would happen after graduating. I knew I was taking a gap year before going to Britain to study physics, but what exactly would I be doing in the meantime? I was still undecided. The period, leading up … Continue reading Pressure